Kavis Reed – General Manager
The Montreal Alouettes ownership group announced on December 14, 2016 that Kavis Reed was appointed as the club’s new General Manager of the seven-time Grey Cup Champion Montreal Alouettes, thus becoming the 16th General Manager in the Club’s history.
Reed becomes the Alouettes General Manager following a rich and brilliant 15-year career of coaching experience North of the border, including three as the Edmonton Eskimos head coach from 2011 to 2013. In his first season as the Eskimos head coach, he led the team to an 11-7 season and a second place finish as well as a Western Final berth. The team had only won even games the previous year and Reed was named a coach of the year finalist. Reed joined the Alouettes in 2015 as the club’s Special Teams Coordinator. He was appointed assistant head coach a year later. Under his tutelage, the electrifying speedster Stefan Logan has had two seasons to remember, rewriting the Alouettes’ record book multiple times next to Alouettes’ legends Mike Pringle and Hal Patterson.
In 2010, Reed was the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Defensive Coordinator and his unit was the best in the league against the pass and second best in total defence. The previous year, he was the Saskatchewan Roughriders Special Teams Coordinator and Defensive Backs Coach, helping the team reach the Grey Cup.
The Georgetown, SC native began his CFL coaching career as the Toronto Argonauts special teams coordinator and defensive backs coach. Reed, who is now 41, then coached the defensive backs with the Ottawa Renegades (2002-2003) before becoming the Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive coordinator (2004-2006). He was a defensive assistant coach with the Toronto Argonauts in 2007 before being named their defensive coordinator the following season.
Kavis Reed also played for five seasons (1995-1999) as a defensive back for the Edmonton Eskimos. He was named a CFL All-Star in 1997 when he had seven interceptions, two of which were returned for majors. This memorable season earned him a tryout with the Kansas City Chiefs the following year. His playing career ended abruptly as a result of a serious neck injury during a game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Kavis and his wife, Darlene, are parents of two, Tyra and Tarik.