Former Alouettes GM Kavis Reed hired as Edmonton Wildcats offensive coordinator

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Former Montreal Alouettes general manager Kavis Reed has accepted a position as offensive coordinator in the Canadian Junior Football League.

The official statement from the Edmonton Wildcats:

It is with great excitement that the Edmonton Wildcats welcome Kavis Reed to the team as the Offensive Coordinator! Kavis brings with him years of experience as a coach and General Manager in the CFL. The former Edmonton Eskimo has spent the majority of past playing career supporting and putting a spotlight on amateur football in the Edmonton area using his many platforms.

Coach Reed will play an integral role in continuing the steady improvement of the club, with the ultimate goal of winning a national championship. He will oversee the offense during the 2020 season and will be reunited with former teammate Blake Dermott, who is also currently on the staff.

The Alouettes fired Reed in July 2019 amid startling allegations. Montreal compiled a 10-30 record during the two-plus seasons when Reed was calling the shots, the worst record among any franchise in the league over that span. Reed was hired in December 2016 after the Als let GM Jim Popp go.

CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie grew tired of Reed’s antics which clinched the decision to terminate him. The league had to force Reed to release celebrity quarterback Johnny Manziel. Even after the move was made Reed said if it was up to him he would have kept Manziel on the roster. That was the first sign publicly Ambrosie and Reed were at odds.

Reed had worked in the CFL for every year since 1995 — except 2014 — as a player, coach or personnel man.