TORONTO – A little more than three weeks after officially hiring Marc Trestman, the new Toronto Argonauts head coach finalized his staff for the 2017 season.
While some might consider it a rag-tag crew due to the circumstances — the Argos had not yet hired Trestman when the deadline for talking to coaches currently under CFL contract came and went in January — it’s a mix of new and old for the Boatmen.
“These are men of high character as well as great teachers in the science of football,” Trestman said in a release. “Our players will enjoy being coached and mentored by them during the upcoming season. Now that we have our entire staff assembled, I look forward to building our three phases of football.”
Marcus Brady, one of former head coach Scott Milanovich’s top aides and Trestman disciple previously with the Montreal Alouettes, returns for his fifth season as offensive co-ordinator and quarterbacks coach, while Tommy Condell, the former Hamilton Tiger-Cats offensive co-ordinator who was hired as an advisor in January, stays on as the receivers coach. The other 10 men on Trestman’s coaching staff are new.
The high-profile addition to the offensive staff is Steve Walsh, the former University of Miami quarterback who challenged a young Troy Aikman for the Dallas Cowboys’ starting job in the Jimmy Johnson days, in the role of senior assistant.
Mitch Browning, who moves to the CFL after spending the last two years at Rutgers University in the same position, will coach the offensive line, while Josh Moore, a Trestman assistant with the Chicago Bears, was announced as the new running backs coach.
On the defensive side of the football, new co-ordinator Corey Chamblin will be joined by Mike Archer (linebackers), Kerry Locklin (defensive line), and former Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive back Tyron Brackenridge (assistant defensive backs coach), who won a Grey Cup alongside Chamblin in 2013.
Gavin Lake was named as a defensive quality control coach.
A familiar name is also joining the organization, as Kevin Eiben, who spent 11 seasons in Double Blue, was tapped as the new special teams co-ordinator.
Eiben is joined by special teams assistant Wendell Avery, a former teammate of Trestman’s at the University of Minnesota.