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CFL: Anthony Calvillo returns to the Alouettes as quarterback coach

CFL: Anthony Calvillo returns to the Alouettes as quarterback coach

Montreal – Montreal Alois FC announced in a press release Thursday the appointment of Anthony Calvillo as their midfield coach.

For the 49-year-old former quarterback, this is a comeback within the organization. From 2015 to 2017, Calvillo was in the coaching staff of Aloette after an impressive playing career with the Montreal team that spanned from 1998 to 2013.

In the three seasons he spent on the sidelines with Aloit, Calvillo served as reception coach, offensive coordinator and quarterback coach.

In 2018, he also captained the quarterbacks with the Toronto Argonauts.

The former Alouettes legend will be reunited with General Manager Danny Maciocia with whom he worked in 2019 with the University of Montreal Carabins. In his first season with the team, he helped his roster reach a Vanier Cup match.

“I am very excited to be returning to the CFL, while staying at home with my family. I made this decision because of two criteria: to be close to my family, and to have another opportunity to be a coach in the Canadian Football League,” Calvillo said in a statement from the Carabines. “.

“I would like to thank all Carabins fans for their support. The Carabins are an excellent team with excellent management at all levels. I wish them every success,” added Calvillo, who is scheduled to participate in a video conference with members of the media on Thursday afternoon.

Calvillo, born in Los Angeles, first arrived in Montreal in 1998 to join the Aluette, after pitstops with the Las Vegas Boss and Hamilton Tiger Cats.

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He eventually led the Montreal team to the Gray Cup finals eight times and three wins in 2002, 2009 and 2010.

Calvilo has spent 20 seasons in the pros, including the last 16 with Aloette. He holds a range of Canadian Football League records, including the record for most pass yards at 79,816. Alwette’s management retired his jersey in October 2014.

In January 2021, Calvilo returned with the organization as a team ambassador. It was intended to serve the organization and attend during the activities. As an ambassador, he gave his opinion on the club’s various platforms and made the team shine throughout Quebec. From now on, he will only focus on his role as a coach. Last November, he was officially awarded the title of Canadian Citizen.

“We are very pleased to have Anthony back into our coaching staff,” said Alois coach Kharry Jones.

“Anthony is a very respected person who has had one of the greatest careers in the CFL. The connection between him and Alouette is simply natural. He goes back to where he had his glory days. Our organization has just inherited a very good mentor.”

Iadeluca replaces Calvillo

As for Carapenes, Calvilo will be replaced by head coach Marco Idiluca, who will also wear the offensive coordinator cap on the sidelines starting next season. The Blues driver has eight seasons as an offensive coordinator at the University of Quebec Network, winning two Vanier Cups in this role with Rouge et Or and the Carabins.

It was also Iadeluca who spearheaded Phoenix College André-Grasset’s attack when they won the Bol d’Or in 2018 with midfielder Jonathan Senical, who is now the focus of the Carabins.

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“Our attacking performance last year was the result of the teamwork of our coaches, and I intend to continue in that direction,” Idluca added. With Matthew Pronovost and Jason Hogan, we have all the talent needed internally to ensure our continued success. “

Meanwhile, Hogan was promoted to deputy offensive coordinator.