Montreal Alouettes hire Jason Maas as new head coach

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The Montreal Alouettes have hired Jason Maas as their new head coach, the team announced on Saturday.

The 47-year-old served as the offensive coordinator for the Saskatchewan Roughriders over the past two years, though he was fired following the completion of this past season. He previously served as the head coach of the Edmonton Elks from 2016 to 2019, guiding them to a 39-33 record and three playoff appearances.

“I am extremely pleased to be able to hire a coach of Jason’s caliber. He has valuable CFL head coaching experience and is a true leader of men,” said general manager Danny Maciocia in a statement. “Having been around him during my career and maintaining close contact over the years, I am convinced that Jason is the right person to help us continue our climb.”

Maas played eleven seasons at quarterback in the CFL from 2000 to 2010, throwing for 17,126 yards, 81 touchdowns, and 64 interceptions. He spent most of his playing career in Edmonton, though he dressed for nine games as a member of the Alouettes in 2007 following a trade from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

The native of Beaver Dam, Wis. has worked extensively with Maciocia in the past as they overlapped in Edmonton for most of his playing career. Maciocia worked in a number of capacities, serving as Edmonton’s offensive coordinator from 2002 to 2004, head coach from 2005 to 2008, and general manager from 2008 to 2010.

Maas started his coaching career as the quarterbacks coach of the Toronto Argonauts from 2012 to 2014 and served as the offensive coordinator of the Ottawa Redblacks in 2015.

“I’m very excited to join the Alouettes’ big family. The team showed great things last season and I look forward to continuing and complementing the work Danny has done so we can be even more successful,” said Maas. “I’m looking forward to getting to work and working hand in hand with the players and coaches to make us all better.”

The Alouettes announced their five remaining candidates for the job this past week, including Maas, defensive coordinator Noel Thorpe, quarterbacks coach Anthony Calvillo, special teams coordinator and linebackers coach Byron Archambault, running backs coach and assistant head coach André Bolduc.