Alouettes hire Hall of Fame DB Barron Miles as defensive backs coach, pass game coordinator

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The Montreal Alouettes have hired Barron Miles as defensive backs coach and pass game coordinator.

Miles spent 12 years in the CFL as a defensive back, including seven seasons with the Als. He was the Edmonton Eskimos’ defensive backs and player development coach since 2016. With his help, the Eskimos finished third in the CFL last season allowing 22.2 points average per game and second in the league with 31 offensive touchdowns allowed.

The Roselle, NJ native entered the CFL coaching ranks in 2010 as a defensive assistant with the B.C. Lions for two seasons. In 2015, he served as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ defensive back coach, after spending the previous three seasons in the same position with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. As a coach, he won two Grey Cups with B.C. in 2011 and with Saskatchewan in 2013.

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2018, the 47-year-old Miles was chosen a CFL all-star six times during his career. He hoisted the Grey Cup twice as a player in 2002 with Montreal and in 2006 with BC.

Montreal also hired Michael Lionello as an offensive assistant, while Vincent Nardone will return as a defensive assistant.

Lionello was hired as the Toronto Argonauts running backs coach in 2019. Prior to that, he spent three seasons with the B.C. Lions, as the quality control coach in 2016 and the running backs coach the following two seasons. Prior to his time with the Lions, the University of Victoria alum was part of the Simon Fraser University Clan coaching staff.

Nardone will be entering his second season with the Alouettes as a defensive assistant. He helped players like Hénoc Muamba (93), Patrick Levels (86) and Greg Reid (71) finish among CFL leaders for tackles last season. The Mascouche, Quebec native joined the team’s coaching staff in 2019 after working in the club’s football operations department the previous season. He was also the linebackers coach with the Concordia University Stingers.

The Alouettes are led by head coach Khari Jones who signed a contract extension through the 2022 season in November.