Defensive coordinator and assistant head coach Noel Thorpe is under contract with the Alouettes for the 2017 CFL season, that’s the final year of a three-year pact, per sources.
For the last four campaigns, Thorpe has been the mastermind behind Montreal’s stingy defence.
Thorpe has been a coach for 20 years in Canadian football and 10 of them have been in La belle province. He began his coaching career at the University of British Columbia from 1996-200, part of a Vanier Cup-winning staff in 1997. Then one season at Simon Fraser University. After that year Thorpe made the jump to the pro ranks with the Alouettes. From 2002-2007 he was Montreal’s special teams coordinator, winning a Grey Cup in 2002. From 2008-2010 Thorpe was Edmonton’s special team coordinator and assistant head coach. Next he spent two years as the University of Montreal’s head coach while also guiding Team Canada to a gold medal victory over Team USA at the U19 IFAF World Championship in 2012. And he returned to the Alouettes in 2013.