Richmond Black Widows

The Richmond Black Widows are a women's American football team playing out of Richmond, Virginia.[1] They are a member of the Women's Football Alliance (WFA). They are the first women's football team in Richmond, and currently the only team in Virginia. They are set to start their inaugural season in April 2016. Games will be held at Virginia Union University's Hovey Field.

Richmond Black Widows
LeagueWFA (2016-present)
Team history2015-Present
Based inRichmond, Virginia
StadiumBon Secours Training Center
ColorsBlack, red, silver
PresidentSarah Schkeeper
Head coachBrian West

For the 2017 season, Richmond Black Widows' games were held at the Bon Secours Redskins Training Center.


As of the 2018 season the coaching staff include:

  • Head Coach - Brian West
  • Offensive Coordinator - Reggie Crosby
  • Defensive Coordinator - Paul Nuttall
  • Defensive Line Coach - Marlene Davis
  • Assistant Coach - Anne Dornek
  • LB Coach - Larry Jones
  • QB/RB/WR Coach - Mike Jones
  • DB Coach - Saroun Sam
  • Offensive Line Coach - Sarah Schkeeper


Women's Football in Richmond

The Richmond Black Widows was founded in 2015 by Sarah Schkeeper with the express goal of, not only promoting women's football in the area, but providing young girls and women the opportunity to play a sport they have been denied and growing the confidence of young girls by showing them what can be achieved with drive and determination. At least once, prior to Sarah Schkeeper founding the Richmond Black Widows, a women's football team was attempted in Richmond. It fizzled before it ever started a season. Having played for 5 years for the New York Sharks and competing in 2013 on the US Women's National Team that participated in the IFAF Women's World Championship, Schkeeper moved to Richmond, Virginia and started the journey of bringing women's football to Richmond, Virginia.

As there was no foundation for football in the area, Sarah Schkeeper had to use alternative means to spread the word, creating a MeetUp group. Currently the team has a strong roster of over 40 women and a knowledgeable coaching staff.


SeasonWLTFinishPlayoff results
Richmond Black Widows (WFA)
2016530--Tier III National Conference Champions
Totals630 (including playoffs)

* = current standing


Richmond Black Widows Roster
  • 3 Katelyn Wright

Running backs

  • 9 Dana Lashley (RB/LB)
  • 22 Crystal Harvey (RB/DB)
  • 23 Janella Barbour
  • 29 Melissa Chasteen
  • 35 Sha Maclin (FB/LB)
  • 37 Anne Doornek (FB/LB)


  • 5 CJ James (WR/DB)
  • 6 Katy Ley
  • 10 Joyia Thierry (WR/K)
  • 11 Shanice Cole (TE/DE)
  • 12 Nichole Beall (WR/S)
  • 13 Savannah Sargent (WR/DB)
  • 14 April Bryant (WR/S)
Offensive line
  • 55 Brandi Cowans
  • 57 Marlene Davis
  • 59 TeQuila Wynn
  • 69 Sarah Schkeeper
  • 70 Melodie Anderson
  • 72 Sonja Bonds
  • 74 TAirra Belcher
  • 77 Desiree Edmondson
  • 78 Ja'el Humphries
  • 79 Monica Southall

Defensive line

  • 50 Jessica Harris
  • 51 Josey Ramirez
  • 54 Nico Jones
  • 65 Joy Morton
  • 66 Ashley Roye
  • 67 Samantha Ganzer
  • 75 Cynthia Williams
  • 80 Crucita Berrios


  • 2 Bianca Love
  • 18 Jasmine Martinez (LB/P)
  • 39 Tasha Smith
  • 58 Donna Pegram
Defensive backs
  • 21 Mel Rouse
  • 30 Emily Kuhn

Special teams

  • 56 Danni Sparkman (Kicker/Punter)

Multiple/Unknown positions

  • Currently vacant
Injured reserve
  • 25 Brandy McCollum
  • Kara Dunston


Season schedule

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
April 2 Tri Cities Thunder Away Won 48-12
April 9 Fayetteville Fierce Away Won 28-0
April 16 Philadelphia Phantomz Home Lost 6-42
April 23 DC Divas Home Lost 6-48
April 30 Fayatteville Fierce Home Won 32-8
May 7 Philadelphia Phantomz Away Lost 0-48
May 14 BYE
May 21 Keystone Assault Away Won 12-0
May 28 BYE
June 4 Tri Cities Thunder Home Forfeit 2-0
June 25 Playoff Keystone Assault Home Win 14-8
July 22 Championship Acadiana Zydeco Home Lost 18-20


  1. "With the Black Widows, Women's Football Tackles Richmond". Style Weekly. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
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