Chris Jones adds pieces to 2022 Edmonton Elks coaching staff

Chris Jones has added several pieces to his 2022 Edmonton Elks coaching staff.

Jones has hired of Anthony Vitale to coach the offensive line and Brandon Isaac to oversee the defensive backs while also keeping two faces from the 2021 coaching staff, Demetrious Maxie and Cam Robinson are staying in green and gold.

The moves come one week after Stephen McAdoo, Jarious Jackson, and Markus Howell were unveiled on Jones’ staff.

Vitale spent the 2021 season coaching in the NCAA Division II Lonestar Conference with the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds as the team’s offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. A seven-year CFLer, Isaac has spent the last three seasons as head coach at Blackville-Hilda High School in his hometown of Blackville, SC.

Staying in Edmonton for another season are Maxie and Robinson in the same roles they held during the last season. Maxie enters his sixth season with the organization, while Robinson is entering his second. It’s a reunion for Robinson and Jones, who worked together in Saskatchewan.

Also formally announced Tuesday was the hiring of Sammy Gahagan as the Elks’ new director of US scouting and Tyrone Robinson as the team’s strength and conditioning coach.

Gahagan has previous CFL scouting experience with the Montreal Alouettes (2021), B.C. Lions (2020), and with Jones in Saskatchewan (2017-2019). Robinson joins the Elks after previous CFL experience as a quality control coach and assistant strength and conditioning coach with the Roughriders (2016-2018).

In addition to these hires, the Elks announced that 2021 defensive coordinator Noel Thorpe will not be part of the team’s 2022 staff. Thorpe was in his second stint with Edmonton after joining former head coach Scott Milanovich’s staff in January of 2020.


  • Anthony Vitale — offensive line coach
  • Demetrious Maxie — defensive line coach
  • Cam Robinson — linebackers coach
  • Brandon Isaac — defensive backs coach
  • Tyrone Robinson — strength and conditioning
  • Sammy Gahagan — director of US Scouting

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