Als land Hawk
The Alouettes have finally replaced Marc Trestman. They should be so lucky that the new sideline boss will get them to the Grey Cup as often as "Coach T" did.
The Alouettes introduced their new coach Tuesday morning at 11AM live on your exclusive Home of the Alouettes CJAD 800.
Dan Hawkins has no pro coaching experience, though he did serve as a coaching consultant with Montreal at a mini-camp last spring and the fiery former US college offered his services to the club for 2012 only to be declined.
With Trestman gone back to the NFL after 5 years in Montreal, his first head-coaching stint during which time he won 2 Grey Cups (back-to-back after losing his first appearance in his debut season with the Als) the team heard from an unprecedented number of current and former NFL assistants.
Hawkins is "a real leader...a real presence" says one former Alouette who has met "Coach Hawk."
"We called him 'Thunder Dan'...during rivalry weeks leading up to Idaho games we always knew there'd be a crescendo," says one former Boise State Bronco.
Hawkins has not coached since 2010 but still beat out candidates including former Redskins head coach and former NFL star QB Jim Zorn.
On "Hawk"'s left is former NFL assistant Mike Miller, Montreal's new offensive coordinator and on Coach Hawkins' right is defensive coordinator Noel Thorpe, already confirmed as new defensive coordinator.