Alouettes part ways with GM Kavis Reed

MONTREAL — The Montreal Alouettes announced on Sunday that they have parted ways with general manager Kavis Reed.

Assistant General Manager of Player Personnel Joe Mack, in a collaborative effort with Head Coach Khari Jones as well as Director of Football Operations Patrick Donovan, will share the day-to-day management duties.

“Joe Mack will now have oversight of all football operations, but the team will be jointly managed with Khari Jones,” Alouettes President and CEO Patrick Boivin said in a team-issued statement.  “Specifically, coach Jones will now be responsible for our active roster on a daily basis, and Joe will oversee all player personnel and football operation matters, including salary cap, contracts, operations and logistics. Patrick Donovan remains Director of Football Operations. These are standout individuals and are steadfast on collaboratively doing what is best for this team to win.”

Reed was appointed the Alouettes GM in December of 2016.  Since then, the Alouettes have gone a combined 10-30.  They are 2-2 so far in 2019 after a win Saturday afternoon in Ottawa.


Before his tenure as Montreal’s general manager, Reed had 15 years of coaching experience in the CFL, including three as the head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos (2011-2013). In his first season with the Esks, he led the team to an 11-7 season and a second-place finish. He was named a coach of the year finalist that season.

The 46-year-old joined the Alouettes in 2015 as the team’s special teams coordinator and was promoted to assistant head coach a year later.

Then in 2017, following the firing of then head coach Jacques Chapdelaine, Reed took over as the team’s head coach and led Montreal to a 0-7 record, with the team finishing fourth in the East Division.

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From 1984 to 1987, Mack was the Director of Player Personnel for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, who won the Grey Cup in his first season. He then joined the Atlanta Falcons as a professional scout. In 1989, he was hired as the Director of Professional Scouting of the Washington Redskins, who won Super Bowl XXVI in 1992.

The Levittown, PA native returned to the CFL in 2010 as the Vice President and General Manager of Football Operations of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, helping the team reach the Grey Cup in 2011.