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New Alouettes coaching staff features plenty of CFL experience

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New Montreal Alouettes head coach Mike Sherman has hired a coaching staff with plenty of CFL experience.

The team announced their coordinators on Wednesday and they include former CFL quarterback and ex-B.C. Lions offensive coordinator Khari Jones in charge of the offence, ex-Stampeders defensive backs coach Khalil Carter as defensive coordinator, former Concordia University Stingers head coach Mickey Donovon as special teams coordinator and CFL veteran coach Rich Stubler as the “special advisor to the defensive coordinator.”

Jones played 11 years for five CFL teams then started his coaching career in 2009 with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He spent two years as quarterbacks coach, then one year as offensive coordinator in Hamilton before moving on to the Saskatchewan Roughriders where he won a Grey Cup in 2013. He has been the offensive coordinator in B.C. the last four seasons.

Carter has three seasons of positional coach experience with the Calgary Stampeders and has been in the coaching racket for almost a decade, including stints as a defensive coordinator in the Arena league. Calgary’s defence allowed the fewest touchdowns and yards against through the air this year and he’s considered one of the up-and-coming young coaches in the league. Carter is a former CFL player – including a stint under Stubler with the Argonauts – and also suited up for the Alouettes.

Donovan has been the Concordia head coach since 2014 but his CFL experience is limited to guest coaching stints in Winnipeg (2011) and Toronto (2013.) Alouettes team president Patrick Boivin was the athletic director with the Stingers for a time while Donovan was the head coach.

Stubler has spent more than 30 years in the CFL, winning five Grey Cups and well-known as one of the game’s most experienced defensive coordinators. He has a close relationship with general manager Kavis Reed and will likely play a mentor role for Carter in his first year as a defensive coordinator in the CFL.

Sherman, who was hired in December by the Alouettes, talked about the importance of CFL experience at his opening press conference. He’s certainly got it now.

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