Edmonton Football Team names Jaime Elizondo head coach

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The Edmonton Football Team has named Jaime Elizondo the 23rd head coach in team history.

Along side his head coaching duties, Elizondo has also been named the team’s offensive coordinator and quarterback coach.

“Jaime is an innovative play-caller with proven success in the CFL,” general manager Brock Sunderland said in a statement.

“Along with his winning history in this league, he is a good leader who communicates well and we align philosophically on what we believe it takes to build a championship program.”

The vacancy was created by Scott Milanovich resigning and leaving the bench boss position in the Alberta capital to be the Indianapolis Colts quarterbacks coach. Milanovich was the highest-paid head coach in the CFL, but still left for an NFL job.

Elizondo held the role of offensive coordinator for the Ottawa Redblacks from 2016-2018, appearing in two Grey Cups in three years and winning one in 2016. In his first season, he guided a Redblacks offence led by Henry Burris which saw four receivers eclipse the 1,000 yard mark: Greg Ellingson, Chris Williams, Earnest Jackson, and Brad Sinopoli.

Current EE Football Team quarterback Trevor Harris spent three seasons under Elizondo’s tutelage in the nation’s capital, setting a single-season career-high for passing yards with 5,116 yards in 2018. That same season, Harris threw for single-game CFL playoff record six touchdowns in a 46-27 win over Hamilton in the East Final. In total, Harris has accumulated 13,096 passing yards and 68 touchdowns, while completing over 70 percent of his passes with Elizondo calling plays.

The new EE Football Team head coach began his CFL coaching career in 2008 as the receivers coach for the Montreal Alouettes. During that season, the Alouettes had three different players eclipse the 1,000 yard receiving mark: Jamel Richardson, Ben Cahoon, and Kerry Watkins.

After spending the 2009 season at Syracuse University, Elizondo returned to the CFL in 2010 as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach with the Toronto Argonauts. He would coach a second stint with Toronto as a receivers coach in 2015, before joining Ottawa as their offensive coordinator in 2016.

The University of Maryland graduate departed the Redblacks in 2019 and joined former CFL head coach Marc Trestman with the Tampa Bay Vipers of the XFL. After taking over play calling duties in Week 3, the Vipers averaged over 29 points a game on offence for the remainder of the season.

Elizondo brings over 20 years of coaching experience to the EE Football Team with experience at the CFL, NFL, NCAA, and high school level. In addition to being a graduate of the University of Maryland, he holds a law degree from the Washington College of law at American University.