Toronto Argonauts head coach Scott Milanovich was named the 2012 CFL Coach of the Year. CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon presented Milanovich the Annis Stukus trophy at a luncheon today in Regina as part of the CFL Congress.
"On behalf of the entire league, congratulations on a remarkable year," Cohon said. "For a coach to do what Scott did in his first season as head coach is simply amazing."
After being hired in the off-season, Milanovich took over an Argonauts team that finished out of the playoffs in 2011 with a 6-12 record. In 2012, he led them to a 9-9 record, second place in the East Division and its first home playoff game since 2007.
In the playoffs, Milanovich's Argonauts defeated the Edmonton Eskimos at home and their rival Montral Alouettes on the road to earn a berth in the 100th Grey Cup in their own backyard.
The Argos completed their perfect post-season with a 35-22 victory over the Calgary Stampeders to capture the organization's 16th Grey Cup and first since 2004.
The CFL Coach of the Year award was voted on by 45 members of the Football Reporters of Canada.
"In a year that we celebrated many of our great players and coaches of our storied past, the 2012 season showcased the exciting players and coaches of our bright future," remarked Cohon. "Scott is certainly a part of that group and we look forward to seeing him on the sidelines for many years to come."
More on Scott Milanovich's 2012 season:
- Led the Argos to their first Grey Cup title since 2004.
- Joined Mike Clemons as only the second Argos head coach since 1952 to win three straight post-season games.
- Became the first Toronto Argonauts head coach since the formation of the IRFU in 1907 (105 years) to take a team that did not finish above .500 all the way to the Grey Cup title.
- His 9 regular season wins matched the Argonauts best record since 2007.
- Joined Adam Rita (1991) as the only Toronto rookie head coaches to win the Grey Cup since 1952.
|2012 -- Scott Milanovich, Toronto
2011 -- Wally Buono, B.C.
2010 -- Jim Barker, Toronto
2009 -- Marc Trestman, Montreal
2008 -- John Hufnagel, Calgary
2007 -- Kent Austin, Saskatchewan
2006 -- Wally Buono, B.C.
2005 -- Tom Higgins, Calgary
2004 -- Greg Marshall, Hamilton
2003 -- Tom Higgins, Edmonton
2002 -- Don Matthews, Montreal
2001 -- Dave Ritchie, Winnipeg
2000 -- Charlie Taaffe, Montreal
1999 -- Charlie Taaffe, Montreal
1998 -- Ron Lancaster, Hamilton
1997 -- Don Matthews, Toronto
1996 -- Ron Lancaster, Edmonton
1995 -- Don Matthews, Baltimore
1994 -- Don Matthews, Baltimore
1993 -- Wally Buono, Calgary
1992 -- Wally Buono, Calgary
|1991 -- Adam Rita, Toronto
1990 -- Mike Riley, Winnipeg
1989 -- John Gregory, Saskatchewan
1988 -- Mike Riley, Winnipeg
1987 -- Bob O’Billovich, Toronto
1986 -- Al Bruno, Hamilton
1985 -- Don Matthews, B.C.
1984 -- Cal Murphy, Winnipeg
1983 -- Cal Murphy, Winnipeg
1982 -- Bob O’Billovich, Toronto
1981 -- Joe Faragalli, Saskatchewan
1980 -- Ray Jauch, Winnipeg
1979 -- Hugh Campbell, Edmonton
1978 -- Jack Gotta, Calgary
1977 -- Vic Rapp, B.C.
1976 -- Bob Shaw, Hamilton
1975 -- George Brancato, Ottawa
1974 -- Marv Levy, Montreal
1973 -- Jack Gotta, Ottawa
1972 -- Jack Gotta, Ottawa
1971 -- Leo Cahill, Toronto
|1970 -- Ray Jauch, Edmonton
1969 -- Frank Clair, Ottawa
1968 -- Eagle Keys, Saskatchewan
1967 -- Jerry Williams, Calgary
1966 -- Frank Clair, Ottawa
1965 -- Bud Grant, Winnipeg
1964 -- Ralph Sazio, Hamilton
1963 -- Dave Skrien, B.C.
1962 -- Steve Owen, Saskatchewan
1961 -- Jim Trimble, Hamilton
|The Annis Stukus Trophy has recognized excellence in coaching since 1961 when Hamilton’s Jim Trimble first won the award.
The annual CFL Coach of the Year Dinner was hosted for 40 years by the Edmonton Eskimo Football Club. The Eskimos Alumni Association presented a trophy in honour of the Eskimos first coach, the legendary Annis Stukus. Winners are selected by Members of The Football Reporters of Canada.
As a player with the Toronto Argonauts from 1935 to 1941, Stukus, along with brothers Bill and Frank, helped the Boatmen to Grey Cup victories in 1937 and 1938. Stukus enjoyed a successful 12-year playing career excelling at six different positions, including quarterback.
Making the transition to coaching, Stukus was hired to lead the Edmonton Eskimos as their first coach and general manager in 1949 and even performed place kicking duties for the club. In 1953, Annis moved west to Vancouver to become the first head coach of the B.C. Lions, a job he would hold until 1956.
He is a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame and in 1974 was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame as a builder. Stukus passed away in May, 2006 at the age of 91 at his home in Canmore, Alberta.