The CFL’s football operations cap isn’t stopping the Montreal Alouettes from getting a few extra hands on deck for training camp.
The team has invited two coaches from every university football team in Quebec, as well as from the local women’s professional football team, the Montreal Blitz, to be in attendance when Alouettes’ players gather in Trois-Rivières next month.
Throughout training camp, the invited coaches will have the opportunity to watch the Alouettes coaching staff in action from up close and personal. They will be actively participating in the team’s practices and meetings to get the full pro football experience.
The initiative is part of a concerted effort by the Alouettes organization to better assume its role of football leader in the province of Quebec and aid in the development of future coaches.
“We sit atop the football pyramid in Quebec, and we want to take concrete steps in that direction, which is why we are inviting all these coaches to our training camp,” said Alouettes’ general manager Danny Maciocia, himself a former head coach of the Université de Montréal Carabins.
“We want to help develop coaches from here. They will be able to take part in a professional camp, as they will actively take part in the team’s practices and meetings. They will have unlimited access to our coaching staff. We want to build lasting relationships with our coaches from here.”
Head coaches Chérif Nicolas (Bishop’s University Gaiters), Brad Collinson (Concordia University Stingers), Glen Constantin (Université Laval), Ronald Hilaire (McGill University Redbirds), Marco Iadeluca (Université de Montréal Carabins) and Mathieu Lecompte (Université de Sherbrooke Vert et Or), as well as Saadia Ashraf (Montreal Blitz) will each send two representatives from their staffs to the Alouettes training camp from May 15 to June 2. The names of the selected coaches will be announced at a later date.
The current Alouettes coaching staff is composed of three former Quebec university players and coaches: André Bolduc, Luc Brodeur-Jourdain and Byron Archambault.