Don Matthews, Turk Schonert named coaching consultants with Alouettes

The Montreal Alouettes are bringing back Don Matthews and adding Turk Schonert as consultants to their coaching staff.

'The Don' is 2nd to Buono in CFL wins with 231

The Montreal Alouettes have brought back Don Matthews as a coaching consultant, a role he served for the second half of last season. Matthews amassed a CFL head coaching career record of 231-133-1. (Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press/File)

The Montreal Alouettes are bringing back Don Matthews and adding Turk Schonert as consultants to their coaching staff.

Matthews, affectionately known as “The Don,” served as a consultant for the second half of the 2013 season.

He was the Alouettes' head coach in 2002 and led the team to a Grey Cup victory in his first season. During his five years as head coach of the Alouettes, the Amesbury, Mass., native recorded 58 regular season wins, five playoff wins and four East Division titles, guiding Montreal to three Grey Cup appearances in 2002, 2003 and 2005.

Matthews amassed a head coaching career of 231-133-1, second in wins only to Wally Buono. He is tied with Buono for most Grey Cup coaching wins with five.

He is the only coach to win the Grey Cup in four different decades and was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2011 following a coaching career that spanned over 22 seasons.

Schonert joins the team as an offensive consultant and will help the coaching staff with game planning.

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.