The Edmonton Eskimos have interviewed Kevin Guy for their vacant head coach position, per sources.
Guy has been the general manager and head coach of the Arizona Rattlers since 2007. Current Esks president Chris Presson was president of the Rattlers for five seasons prior to joining Edmonton in the same role.
“I’m forever grateful to Ron Shurts, Kevin Guy and Rattler Nation for an opportunity to be a part of such an iconic team,” Presson said as he left the franchise. Presson earned Executive of the Year Award in the AFL in 2016 and led the team to three consecutive IFL Franchise of the Year awards, including following the 2019 season.
David Turner, the current Eskimos director of player personnel, worked with Guy in the Rattlers personnel department from 2011-15, serving as director of player personnel in his first three seasons with Arizona before being elevated to assistant general manager. The Rattlers won three consecutive AFL championships from 2012-2014.
Under the guidance of Guy, Arizona has won four Arena Bowls and one United Bowl while helping oversee the team’s transition from the Arena Football League to the Indoor Football League. Guy sports an impressive win-loss record 144-50. Two times (2011 and 2016) Guy earned the AFL’s Coach of the Year award. Guy calls both the offensive and defensive plays for Arizona.
The Shelby County, Alabama native played receiver and defensive back for the University of West Alabama from 1991-1995. As a player in the AFL, Guy spent four seasons with the Minnesota Fighting Pike (1996), New Jersey Red Dogs (1997-99) and the Orlando Predators (1999), primarily as a receiver and defensive back.
Edmonton fired Jason Maas as head coach following an 8-10 season. General manager Brock Sunderland felt the talent was there but the Esks underachieved. The Eskimos coaching search had included interviews with current Winnipeg Blue Bombers offensive coordinator Paul LaPolice, Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive coordinator Mark Washington and Calgary Stampeders special teams coordinator Mark Kilam.
Yes, guy, add Guy to the list.