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Sports: Jean-Marc Edmé comes full circle with Alouettes

Alouettes add Jean-Marc Edmé, Pier-Yves Lavergne to staff

  Alouettes add Jean-Marc Edmé, Pier-Yves Lavergne to staff The Montreal Alouettes bolstered their football operations staff Wednesday by repatriating two Quebecers who had been working for the Ottawa Redblacks. Jean-Marc Edmé returns to the Alouettes as the director of pro personnel and Pier-Yves Lavergne will be director of national scouting. Edmé spent eight years with the Alouettes scouting collegiate players in preparation for CFL draft. He also evaluated players at the pro level, monitored NFL transactions and provided the coaching staff with advance scouting reports on opponents. The 41-year-old also served as a defensive assistant coach under Marc Trestman.

Jean-Marc Edmé has worn many hats during his time in the CFL. But he wondered what the future held when his contract with the Ottawa Redblacks wasn’t renewed on Jan. 1.

Alouettes director of pro personnel Jean-Marc Edmé, holds a 2010 Grey Cup football presented to him from his first stint with the Alouettes, at his home office in Ottawa on Jan. 16, 2022. © Provided by The Gazette Alouettes director of pro personnel Jean-Marc Edmé, holds a 2010 Grey Cup football presented to him from his first stint with the Alouettes, at his home office in Ottawa on Jan. 16, 2022.

Turns out he didn’t have long to wait. Four days later, the Alouettes announced Edmé was returning to the organization as the director of pro personnel . And the 41-year-old native of Montreal North couldn’t be more excited, saying he feels excited and refuelled.

Alouettes repatriate Jeff Reinebold to coach special-teams unit

  Alouettes repatriate Jeff Reinebold to coach special-teams unit Jeff Reinebold is returning to the Alouettes after a 10-year absence to serve as the special-teams coordinator. The 63-year-old was the Alouettes’ defensive coordinator in 2012, when the defence led the CFL’s Eastern Division in scoring and total defence. Reinebold has nearly 40 years of coaching experience, including 16 seasons in the CFL. He was the head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1997 and ’98. Reinebold has spent the past three seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and helped them to back-to-back appearances in the Grey Cup.

“My goal is to give everything I have,” Edmé told the Montreal Gazette. “The Alouettes gave me the chance to restart my career, to give me a fresh, new start. They’re going to get the best of J.M.

“When you’re a teenager, that’s the team (the Als) you look up to,” he added. “I used to go to McGill to watch games, and I loved watching Mike Pringle and Bruno Heppell. It’s a big honour to come back. I know how it feels to win in Montreal. To have the chance to live that again, it’s really unique. It’s something you can’t pass up.”

Edmé, a former fullback with the CEGEP Vanier Cheetahs who earned a scholarship to Alcorn State University in Mississippi before transferring to Université de Sherbrooke, got his CFL start in 2007 with Hamilton as a football-operations intern. Coincidentally, he was preparing for a return to school at the time, planning on getting his master’s degree in sports management from West Virginia University.

Alouettes get Moore from Elks for Washington and Jackson

  Alouettes get Moore from Elks for Washington and Jackson The Montreal Alouettes acquired defensive lineman Michael Moore from the Edmonton Elks for offensive lineman Tony Washington and running back Martese Jackson on Friday. All three players are Americans. The six-foot-four, 269-pound Moore appeared in 11 games last season with Edmonton, registering 19 tackles and two sacks. He has appeared in 48 career regular-season games, having accumulated 69 tackles, 17 sacks and a forced fumble. Washington wasAll three players are Americans.

He joined the Als the following season as a defensive assistant under former head coach Marc Trestman before beginning a scouting and personnel career with the organization.

“I always knew, for me to be the best personnel guy I could be, I had to do different things,” Edmé said.

Edmé left for Ottawa in 2016, working in football operations before a promotion to director of player personnel. He became the interim assistant general manager last season following the firing of Marcel Desjardins. But Edmé wasn’t retained by new GM Shawn Burke, who was hired on Dec. 19.

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“In this business, sometimes you just don’t know,” said Edmé, 41. “I feel I’m a qualified person that can work for any pro team. But when they tell you they’re not keeping you, you wonder what’s next.”

Alouettes get Moore from Elks for Washington and Jackson

  Alouettes get Moore from Elks for Washington and Jackson The Montreal Alouettes acquired defensive lineman Michael Moore from the Edmonton Elks for offensive lineman Tony Washington and running back Martese Jackson on Friday. All three players are Americans. The six-foot-four, 269-pound Moore appeared in 11 games last season with Edmonton, registering 19 tackles and two sacks. He has appeared in 48 career regular-season games, having accumulated 69 tackles, 17 sacks and a forced fumble. Washington wasAll three players are Americans.

He was contacted, almost immediately, by GM Danny Maciocia . The two have a long history together, dating to Maciocia’s days as head coach at Université de Montréal. All it took was one dinner between the two for an offer to be made.

“What’s there not to like?” Maciocia asked. “The guy’s been around, he’s won, he’s got a coaching piece to him so he knows how to see it from a coach’s perspective when you talk personnel. He’s someone that’s well respected, has got a good eye for talent, has a network and knows how to work in a team environment.

“I’ve known him for the longest time. When we’d sit at the university, he came prepared, knew the questions that needed to be asked, did his research and was well educated on every single player we discussed. He passed his interview a few years ago.”

Edmé had an opportunity to interview with the Als in December 2019, when the team was seeking a GM after the firing of Kavis Reed . The invitation was extended by former president Patrick Boivin. However, after some soul-searching, Edmé spurned the request, ostensibly because the franchise lacked an owner, but the Redblacks were also in the midst of a head-coaching search that involved Edmé’s input.

“I felt it was in my best interest to decline,” Edmé said. “Looking back, maybe I’d do it differently. But honestly, I’ve moved on.”

While Edmé said his long-term ambition remains to become a CFL GM and, while he believes he’s ready, he stressed his only focus will be on his current position — one that involves evaluating and scouting pro players at every level. He’ll also assist at the college and university levels, focusing on draft-eligible players.

Edmé has been a part of three Grey Cup-winning organizations, including the Als’ successive championships in 2009-10.

“When you’ve won before, you’re still hungry to win more,” he said.

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