Fired Alouettes’ defensive coordinator Barron Miles hired by Bishop’s University

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Hall of Fame CFL defensive back Barron Miles has landed on his feet after being fired from his post as Montreal Alouettes defensive coordinator earlier this year.

According to a report from LaPresse’s Sebastien LaJoie, Miles has been hired as the defensive coordinator of Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, Quebec.

The Gaiters play in the Atlantic University Sports conference and posted a 3-5 record last season, losing in the Loney Bowl conference championship. Incumbent defensive coordinator Fabrice Raymond opted to step down from his role just over a week ago, prompting head coach Cherif Nicolas to reach out to Miles.

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2018, the 50-year-old Miles spent 12 years in the CFL as a defensive back, seven seasons with the Alouettes and five with the B.C. Lions. He hoisted the Grey Cup twice as a player in 2002 with Montreal and in 2006 with B.C.

The six-time league all-star made 66 career interceptions — second-most in CFL history — during his playing days. He also holds the league record for most blocked kicks with 13.

The Roselle, NJ native entered the CFL coaching ranks in 2010 as a defensive assistant with the B.C. Lions for two seasons. In 2015, he served as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ defensive back coach, after spending the previous three seasons in the same position with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. As a coach, he won two Grey Cups with B.C. in 2011 and with Saskatchewan in 2013.

He was Edmonton’s defensive backs and player development coach from 2016 through 2019. With his help, the green and gold finished third in the CFL last season allowing 22.2 points average per game and second in the league with 31 offensive touchdowns allowed.

Miles was named the Alouettes’ defensive coordinator ahead of the 2021 season. His group led the CFL in sacks with 49 and tied for the lead with 17 interceptions, allowing the second-fewest passing yards of any team.

However, the team parted ways with Miles along with head coach Khari Jones following a 1-3 start to the 2022 season. He was replaced by veteran defensive coordinator Noel Thorpe.