Anthony Calvillo – Quarterbacks coach
Anthony Calvillo was appointed the Quarterback Coach in January 2022. For the former QB star, it is a return in the nest. From 2015 to 2017, Calvillo was part of the Alouettes coaching staff. In three seasons with the team, he had several roles: Receiver Coach, Offensive Coordinator and Quarterback Coach. In 2018, he led the quarterbacks with the Toronto Argonauts.
The former legend joins General Manager Danny Maciocia with whom he worked in 2019 with the Université de Montréal Carabins. In his first season with the team, he helped his squad reach the Vanier Cup game.
In 2021, he worked with Jonathan Sénécal who averaged 255 passing yards per game on top of completing nine touchdown passes.
Calvillo first arrived to Montreal in 1998, where he joined the Alouettes following stops in Las Vegas and Hamilton, which marked the beginning of a love story with Quebecers. The quarterback then went on to lead the Alouettes to eight Grey Cup games, including three that ended with parades in the streets of Montreal, all while rewriting the CFL’s record book.
Calvillo spent 20 seasons in the professional ranks, including the last 16 with the Alouettes. He holds numerous CFL passing records, including all-time passing yards with 79,816. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2017. Winner of three Grey Cups (2002, 2009, 2010), he saw the Alouettes retire his number 13 jersey in October of 2014. Calvillo was a member of the Alouettes coaching staff from 2015 to 2017.
In January 2021, Calvillo was named the Alouettes Ambassador. His role was to be part of team community activities and to comment on whatever was happening with the Alouettes on the team’s different digital platforms. As of now, he will only focus on his coaching duties. Last November he received his Canadian citizenship.
2017 – Following a brilliant 20-year career as a quarterback in the CFL, including 16 with the Montreal Alouettes, Anthony Calvillo will start his third year with the coaching staff, this time as the Quarterbacks Coach.
Last season, as the Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach he helped the team finish the season with a 4-2 record in its final six games with young quarterbacks at the helm. He also saw rookie pivot Vernon Adams Jr. come out on the winning side of his first three professional starts.
He began the 2015 season as the receivers coach, before accepting to take on the role of co-offensive coordinator during the season. He saw his protégé S.J. Green reach the 1,000-yard plateau for the fourth time of his career, although the team utilized seven different quarterbacks under centre.
The long-time face of the franchise and five-time CFL All-Star was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player on three separate occasions over the course of his career and holds league records of 79,816 passing yards, 455 touchdown passes and 9 437 pass attempts.
Calvillo broke into the CFL with the Las Vegas Posse in 1994 and spent the following three seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats before rising to stardom with the Montreal Alouettes in 1998. Serving as understudy to quarterback Tracy Ham in his first two seasons, Calvillo took over as the starting pivot in 2000, on his way to winning three Grey Cups with Montreal in 2002, 2009 and 2010. He was also voted the Most Outstanding Player of the 2002 Grey Cup.
Calvillo, who was presented with the Key to the City of Montreal at the end of the 2011 season, led the Alouettes to eight Grey Cup finals and owns several championship records for most pass completions (179), passing yards (2,470) and touchdown passes thrown (9).
The veteran pivot became pro football’s all-time passing leader in spectacular fashion at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium against the Toronto Argonauts on October 10, 2011, following a 50-yard touchdown strike to Jamel Richardson.
In 2012, Calvillo became the first quarterback in the league history to reach the 5,000- plus passing yards mark seven times over his brilliant career. He also threw for over 300 yards in eight straight games, breaking Doug Flutie’s single-season CFL record of seven, set in 1991 with the B.C. Lions. That season, Calvillo deservingly earned his tenth nomination as the Montreal Alouettes’ Most Outstanding Player.
Calvillo lives in Montreal with his wife Alexia and their daughters Olivia and Athena.
The Alouettes retired Calvillo’s number 13 on October 13, 2014. It was the tenth jersey retired by the Alouettes.