December 01, 2006 15:20 ET

Jim Popp Appointed the Alouettes' Head Coach

He will be Vice-President, General Manager and Head Coach

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 1, 2006) - Montreal Alouettes' President and Chief Executive Officer Mr. Larry Smith announced today that Jim Popp has been appointed as the Alouettes' Head Coach.

The Alouettes' Vice-President and General Manager for the last 11 seasons, Popp will keep the head coaching duties he inherited after Don Matthews left the organization on Oct. 4. In those responsibilities, he will continue to oversee the football operations' side of the business in addition to being directly in charge of the on-field product.

Popp has had previous coaching experience at the University of North Carolina, The Citadel and with Raleigh-Durham in the WLAF (known today as NFL Europe). He started in the CFL in 1992 as Receivers Coach for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, where he was also responsible for player personnel. His first management duties were with the Baltimore Stallions in 1994 and he won his first Grey Cup with them in 1995. He joined the Montreal Alouettes in 1996 and led the organization to five Grey Cup games in the last seven years. His teams never had a losing record, played in 10 division championships in the last 11 years and won the Grey Cup in 2002.

"Jim Popp is the architect of our football team," said Mr. Smith. "This will be a great opportunity for him to put his stamp on the entire product. We know he's a winner, we know he excels in his role and believe he is the best person to bring us closer to our ultimate objective of winning the Grey Cup."

Popp, 41, makes his home in Dollard-des-Ormeaux with his wife Kim and their four children: Hannah, Hayley, Preston and Hudson.

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