By Jenny Masters
A 2017 finance and marketing alumna, Soliman spent seven of her eight undergraduate semesters working in the Temple football team’s recruiting operations department before working the 2017 season as a graduate assistant in operations and recruiting.
Soliman was “pretty much doing everything that’s kind of involved with running a program aside from the actual football part,” she told the Temple Newq. Then she went to night class and returned to Edberg-Olson Hall to complete any other remaining tasks — and did it all again the next day.
When Soliman announced in December 2017 her new player personnel assistant job at the NFL on Twitter and thanked the football program on Dec. 22, players and coaches responded with congratulatory messages.
“She was a great ambassador for us, and certainly, recruiting is about relationships so we’re an extension of our head football coach and our coaching staff,” Temple’s director of player personnel Tom Pajic said. “That’s probably the part I’m going to miss the most is just being around everybody,” Soliman said. “It’s a great group of people. … And I think regardless of the fact that some of them graduated and I’m not there anymore, I think I’ll still have a relationship with some of them moving forward.”
Soliman grew up as an Eagles fan watching former quarterback Donovan McNabb, who amassed 92 wins, 32,873 passing yards, 216 touchdowns and 100 interceptions with the team from 1999-2009. Once she arrived at Temple, she knew she wanted to work with the football team, but she didn’t know in what capacity.
I think the @Eagles just made the most significant statement in global sports history. Considering the state of the world and the religion of both their general manager they deserve major attention and kudos. They hired Ameena Soliman as a pro scout.
— DEC Management (@davidcanter) May 27, 2021