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TORONTO — Toronto Argonauts Head Coach Scott Milanovich has officially named his 2014 coaching staff.
Jim Daley has been named Special Teams Coordinator, Pat Perles has been named Offensive Line Coach, Casey Creehan will be Linebackers Coach, and Will Plemons has been appointed Defensive Line Coach. Returning coach, Eddie Brown becomes the Defensive & Special Teams Assistant.
With these new additions, the 2014 Toronto Argonauts coaching staff is as follows:
Head Coach: Scott Milanovich
Offensive Coordinator: Marcus Brady
Defensive Coordinator: Tim Burke
Special Teams Coordinator: Jim Daley
Receivers Coach: Jason Maas
Offensive Line Coach: Pat Perles
Running Backs Coach & Video Coordinator: Anthony Ierullo
Defensive & Special Teams Assistant: Eddie Brown
Linebackers Coach: Casey Creehan
Defensive Line Coach: Will Plemons
“I am extremely excited and proud of the staff that will lead our football team into the 2014 season, all of whom have prior CFL experience and are tremendous teachers that I believe our players will embrace and respond to,” said Milanovich.
Jim Daley comes to the Argos with over 20 years of CFL coaching experience. His career began in 1992 when he got his start with the Ottawa Rough Riders working with their special teams and then later their defensive line. He won a Grey Cup in 2001 with the Calgary Stampeders and also appeared in a Grey Cup game as the Head Coach of the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1997.
He spent the 2012 season as Special Teams Coordinator for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats where his unit put up outstanding numbers and seemed to be able to score on command.
“I have previously worked with Jim Daley and he brings a wealth of experience to our staff, most recently as the coordinator for Hamilton’s record setting special teams in 2012,” Mlanovich said.
Casey Creehan comes to the Argos with nine years of CFL experience having coached for four CFL teams, all in various capacities ranging from defensive line coach to defensive coordinator. Creehan was most recently the defensive coordinator for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers where his aggressive defensive strategies yielded an incredible 51 sacks in 2013.
“I have also coached with Casey Creehan in the past. He is an experienced, young coach with tremendous energy and a history of motivating his players to compete with the same passion he brings to the game,” Milanovich commented.
Pat Perles joins Toronto’s coaching staff with over 24 years of coaching experience, including a five years in the CFL from 1994 to 1999. He has also coached for major NCAA football programs as well as NFL teams including the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams.
Most recently, he was the Offensive Line Coach at Syracuse University where the Orange average more than 194 yards on the ground per game – which ranked among the best in the country.
Will Plemons joined the CFL in 2012 after more than a decade of coaching on the defensive side of the ball at the NCAA level. Prior to coming to Toronto, he spent his first two seasons in Canada with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers where he coached one of the most dominant defensive lines in the league. While there, he mobilized a line that contributed 74 of the team’s 94 quarterback sacks from 2012 to 2013.
“Will Plemons is a tremendous technician and has had great success in Winnipeg developing his players into fierce pass rushers. Pat Perles has experience in the CFL, NFL and Division 1 college football. He will do a tremendous job in leading our offensive line in the protection of our quarterbacks,” added Milanovich