January 10, 2006 15:49 ET

Kropke Becomes Alouettes' Defensive Line Coach, Nine-year CFL Veteran Joins Als After Stint with Blue Bombers

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 10, 2006) - Montreal Alouettes' Vice President and General Manager Jim Popp and Head Coach Don Matthews announced today that John Kropke has been named the team's new defensive line coach.

Kropke joins the Alouettes after six years in the collegiate and professional coaching ranks. He spent 2005 as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers' defensive line coach, following five years at Illinois' Eureka College. He served as the defensive line coach there from 2001 through 2004 after working with linebackers in 2000.

Kropke was a four-time East Division All-Star during a nine-year CFL career with the Ottawa Rough Riders, the Blue Bombers and the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He retired in 1997.

The 2006 edition of the Alouettes' coaching staff is now complete with Co-Offensive Coordinators Kevin Strasser (passing game) and Steve McAdoo (running game), Marcel Bellefeuille (running backs and receivers), Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach Chris Jones, Special Teams Coordinator and Defensive Backs Coach Noel Thorpe and Kropke.

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