Nice catch: Montreal Alouettes name Mike Lionello receivers coach

The Montreal Alouettes have named Mike Lionello as the club’s new receivers coach.

“Mike has gained a lot of experience in recent years, and he deserves these new responsibilities,” said head coach Khari Jones. “He knows our team and our culture very well and we are convinced that he will succeed. Our players respect him and enjoy working with him.”

The Vancouver native served as an offensive assistant in 2021 and helped the unit finish atop the CFL in many offensive categories, including net offence (5,205 yards), rushing yards (2,023), first downs (296), and time of possession (33:19).

Lionello had worked with the Toronto Argonauts as their running backs coach in 2019. Under his tutelage, running back James Wilder Jr. finished with 464 rushing yards and 415 receiving yards — third among CFL running backs — despite playing only 13 games.

He previously spent three seasons with the B.C. Lions. He first started as a quality control coach in 2016 and worked as a running backs coach the following two years. In 2017, B.C. finished second in the CFL with 19 rushing touchdowns. During that same year, running back Jeremiah Johnson amassed 913 rushing yards — fourth in CFL — and scored a league-high nine rushing touchdowns.

The Victoria University alum was also on the Simon Fraser University coaching staff in Vancouver as their director of football operations, running backs coach, recruiting coordinator and video coordinator.