Jason Maas is the new head coach of the Alouettes

Jason Maas is the new head coach of the Alouettes

Montreal Alouettes general manager Danny Maciocia has finally found his man and hired Jason Maas as head coach.

The organization made the announcement on Saturday, just weeks after starting the hiring process.

“I am extremely happy to be able to hire a coach of Jason’s caliber,” Maciocia said in a statement.

“Having been close to him throughout my career and maintaining close contact over the years, I’m confident Jason is the right person for us to continue our rise.”

Maas has extensive experience in the Canadian Football League (CFL). He first played there as a quarterback, from 2000 to 2011. It was during this time that he met Maciocia. The general manager was Maas’s offensive coordinator and head coach with the Edmonton Eskimos for a few seasons at the turn of the millennium.

The new trusted man of the ‘Als’ began his coaching career in 2012, after his second stay as a pivot at the Alberta club. He held various offensive roles with the Toronto Argonauts over two seasons before becoming the offensive coordinator for the Ottawa Redblacks in 2015.

Before the end of that year, Maas was back in Edmonton, where he was hired as head coach. He held this job for four seasons. [de 2016 à 2019] and posted a 39-33 record. His teams have never been able to reach a Gray Cup game, failing three times in the divisional final.

Waived by the Eskimos at the end of the 2019 season, he then joined the Saskatchewan Roughriders as offensive manager. He held this position until last November.

The only external candidate

In choosing Maas, the “Sparrows” general manager set his sights on the only candidate who was not part of the Alouettes’ coaching staff in 2022. The organization had been transparent, revealing that five men were vying for the position he has held. Maciocia. on an interim basis since the dismissal of Khari Jones at the beginning of last July.

The other four candidates were assistant head coach André Bolduc, special teams coordinator Byron Archambault, defensive coordinator Noel Thorpe and quarterbacks coach Anthony Calvillo. Of these, only Thorpe could not speak French, which also seems to be the case with Maas.

Not all of these instructors have contracts in the pocket for the 2023 campaign. It will be interesting to see how many of them will return. Some, including Calvillo, have said publicly that they would still like to be with the Alouettes, even if they don’t get the driver’s job.

It’s a safe bet that Archambault will also be back, who is held in high esteem by Maciocia. The cases of Thorpe and Bolduc are more nebulous. According to the Alouettes’ general manager of soccer operations and player personnel, Éric Deslauriers, there should be some returns.

“We had a good thing last year,” he said. So we don’t need to wipe the slate clean. It would be nice to maintain some stability.

“It will be up to Danny and Jason to identify who will remain to make up our coaching staff in 2023.”

The general manager and the new head coach can expand on the topic Tuesday, during Maas’s introductory news conference.

one good thing resolved

The hiring of Jason Maas as head coach of the Alouettes was hailed by many, including general manager of soccer operations and player personnel, Éric Deslauriers.

“I am very happy with this appointment, he expressed by phone. He is someone who brings experience and his offensive knowledge. He multiplied the experiences during several seasons and with various teams. He knows our league very well.

Canadian soccer is a small world and Deslauriers has already had the chance to share a locker room with the newcomer. In 2007, during the former wide receiver’s first season, Maas was traded to the “Als” in September. Used primarily as a third pivot behind Anthony Calvillo and Marcus Brady, the American didn’t see much of the field in a “Sparrows” uniform. Deslauriers, however, has excellent memories of him.

“He was very commercial, he recalled. He was a true professional who stood out for his seriousness. He wasn’t playing, but he was always ready for his chance. He understands what it is to be a professional. He is also a winner, the one who lifted the Gray Cup as a player and as a coach.

Go to the next step

The signing of Maas will also allow members of the Alouettes’ general staff, including Deslauriers, to take the next step in terms of team building.

“For us, the recruiters, it will allow us to know what type of players we can select [au repêchage] or sign them as free agents for the next training camp,” he said.

The arrival of Maas will also allow Maciocia to advance some of his important negotiations before the opening of the free agent market.

At the player count in late November, quarterback Trevor Harris and wide receiver Eugene Lewis were among those who said they wanted to know the identity of the new manager before beginning contract negotiations. The two athletes could benefit from their autonomy on February 14.

jason mas

  • Born in Wisconsin on November 19, 1975 (47 years old)
  • He began his professional career as a quarterback by attending the Baltimore Ravens’ training camp (1999). He later made the jump to the CFL, where he played for the Edmonton Eskimos (2000-2005 and 2008-2011), the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2006-2007) and the Alouettes (2007).
  • He won the Gray Cup three times, twice as a player (2003 and 2005) and once as the Argonauts wide receivers coach (2012).
  • Maas made her home in Sherwood Park, Alberta. He is the father of two children.

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