larks | Anthony Calvillo Named Quarterback Coach

Just over four years after leaving the Alouettes, Anthony Calvillo is back in the nest. The team announced Thursday morning that he would now serve as quarterbacks coach, as reported The press

Updated on January 6

Miguel Bujold

Miguel Bujold
The press

After his illustrious career as a quarterback, Calvillo began his coaching journey with the Alouettes in 2015, when he was in charge of receivers. Calvillo went on to serve as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach before leaving the organization after the 2017 season.

He joined the Université de Montréal Carabins in 2019 as an assistant coach and was the team’s offensive coordinator until he chose to return to the Alouettes. Danny Maciocia had offered him the position with the Carabins and he was most likely the one who decided to bring Calvillo back to the Birds.

“I’m very excited to be back in the CFL while staying home with my family,” Calvillo said in a statement from Carabins. I made this decision because of two criteria: to be close to my family and to have another chance to coach in the Canadian Football League.

“I want to thank all the Carabins fans for their support. The Carabins are an excellent team with excellent management at all levels. I wish them every possible success. †


PHOTOGRAPH DAVID BOILY, LA PRESSE ARCHIVES

Anthony Calvillo and Danny Maciocia, in 2018

By transferring the quarterback’s coaching role to Calvillo, head coach Khari Jones has a little less on his plate in 2022, which is certainly not a bad thing. Jones is also the team’s offensive coordinator.

“We are very pleased to have Anthony back on our coaching staff,” Jones said in a statement. Anthony is a highly respected individual who has had one of the best careers in the CFL. The association between him and the Alouettes is just natural, he returns to where he enjoyed his glory years. Our organization has just inherited a very good professor. †

Calvillo’s main mission, of course, will be to work with Vernon Adams Jr., who has said several times that he learned many things while studying with veteran Trevor Harris late in the season. Harris was taken over to Adams Jr. who sustained a shoulder injury. Calvillo will certainly be able to help his progress both on and off the field, where Adams Jr. too often lets his emotions get the better of him.

Calvillo had admitted he ran out of fun before leaving the Alouettes in 2017, which will most likely have been the worst season in club history. It will be remembered that at the time it was the general manager, Kavis Reed, who led the team in the second half of the season after the resignation of Jacques Chapdelaine.

Canadian Citizen

The former number 13 of the Als obtained his Canadian citizenship in the past year and has been a permanent resident of Montreal since the early 2000s. An adopted Quebecer, adored by the Montreal public, who gets the chance to practice his French alongside coaches. André Bolduc and Luc Brodeur-Jourdain.

Calvillo has always had a very good relationship with Bolduc, running back coach, and Brodeur-Jourdain, offensive line coach. The question is more whether Calvillo and Jones will work well together. Knowing both men, that shouldn’t be a problem. The two former rival quarterbacks have similar temperaments and the success of the Alouettes is close to their hearts.

The Alouettes took advantage of Thursday’s announcement to introduce one or more new coaches, thanking coach Robert Gordon and special teams coordinator Mickey Donovan for the holiday season. But it goes without saying that the return to the sidelines of the greatest player in franchise history will draw attention.

With the Carabins, Calvillo will be replaced by head coach Marco Iadeluca, who will expand his duties as offensive coordinator next season.

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