The Argos have announced their coaching staff for the upcoming 2022 CFL season. Toronto will have three new coordinators operating under head coach Ryan Dinwiddie. Pete Costanza (Receivers/Pass Game Coordinator) and Corey Mace (Defensive Coordinator) are reuniting with Dinwiddie after their years patrolling the sidelines together with the Calgary Stampeders. Mickey Donovan arrives from Montreal to coordinate Toronto’s special teams.
Argos Coaching Changes
2021 CFL coach of the year nominee Ryan Dinwiddie has seen several changes to his coaching staff since taking the job in 2020. Thanks to a two-year delay, an in-season staff shakeup, and now the departure of Chris Jones and three other coaches to Edmonton. Dinwiddie has had to reshuffle the crew members on the Boatmen’s deck several times.
After all, only two Argos’ assistants are returning from last year’s initial staff.
Kevin Eiben (linebackers) and one of them, Joshua Bell (defensive backs), is back in the Six after leaving the team during the 2021 campaign. Eiben did a fantastic job last year for Toronto, wearing many hats assisting on defense and special teams.
Bell is one of the best young defensive coaches in the league. A former player himself, Bell is wildly popular amongst his players, and he has strong ties to former teammate and new defensive coordinator Corey Mace.
With Chris Jones and presumably Rich Stubler gone. The Argos’ defensive staff has a whole new look, and William Fields is a new hire who will assist Bell in the secondary. Like Bell, Fields is a former DB who has coached the position and played in the CFL for several years.
One of the most significant changes to the Argonauts’ new staff is the hire of Mickey Donovan to coordinate special teams. Mark Nelson is out, and his special teams’ units in the Six last year had their fair share of issues in 2021. Donovan comes over from Montreal; after coaching the Als special teams for the last four seasons, Donovan’s units with the Alouettes were among the best in Canada.
The offensive staff for Double Blue has seen a huge facelift since the season ended. Gone are OC Jarious Jackson, WR coach Markus Howell, RB coach Fred Reid, and well-respected OL coach Stephen McAdoo.
Head Coach Ryan Dinwiddie is Toronto’s play-caller but this year, he is officially listed as the team’s offensive coordinator. Dinwiddie will get a great assist, however, from one of his former colleagues in Calgary.
Pete Costanza, one of the CFL’s very best assistant coaches, who spent last year coaching with the Grey Cup champion Bombers, is back with Ryan Dinwiddie and will have a significant role coaching Toronto’s receivers and coordinating the team’s passing attack.
Mike Miller is on board with the Boatmen coaching the team’s quarterbacks. The veteran assistant has an extensive resume that includes stints in the NFL, CFL, and the XFL. His best work came with the Arizona Cardinals as offensive assistant and coordinator for a team that made the Superbowl in 2009.
Perhaps the most important hire is that of new offensive line coach Kris Sweet. The veteran line coach has over a decade’s worth of experience coaching in the CFL with Calgary (1997-2011), Saskatchewan (2012), Edmonton (2013), and Montreal (2014-2016). Sweet won a Grey Cup with Calgary in 2008. It’s been a while, though, since he’s coached in Canada. Sweet has big shoes to fill replacing McAdoo, but he inherits an excellent offensive line in the Six. An Argos’ unit returning all six of its top linemen from a year ago.
Edwin Harrison rounds out the new Argos staff. Harrison will be the team’s new RB and quality control coach. Harrison also has Calgary ties as a former player with the Stamps for six seasons, where he won a Grey Cup in 2014. The relative newcomer to the coaching ranks is getting an opportunity to work alongside Toronto’s experienced staff.
Below is the press release from the Argos today, along with bios on the 2022 coaching staff.
ARGOS ANNOUNCE COACHING HIRES FOR 2022 SEASON
TORONTO – The Toronto Argonauts Football Club announced their coaching hires for the 2022 season today, who will work under head coach Ryan Dinwiddie. Mike Miller will coach quarterbacks; Kris Sweet will look after the offensive line; Pete Costanza will be receivers coach and pass game coordinator, while Edwin Harrison rounds out the offence as running backs and quality control coach. The defensive side under coordinator Corey Mace will see William Fields control the secondary, and Mickey Donovan will coordinate special teams. Kevin Eiben and Joshua Bell are back from 2021 under their same capacities. The full 2022 Toronto Argonauts coaching staff can be found below:
Miller brings over 20 years of coaching experience to the Boatmen, having most recently coached receivers for the New York Guardians of the XFL in 2020. From 2014-to 2018, Miller coached under various capacities, including defensive coordinator, offensive coordinator, and QB’s coach at Westminster College, Robert Morris University, and Edinboro University. The Pennsylvania native broke into coaching in 1997 as a graduate assistant at Robert Morris University before joining the pro ranks with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1999-2003 as an offensive assistant. Miller would coach for the Buffalo Bills, Berlin Thunder of NFL Europe, and back at Robert Morris between 2005-2006 before joining the Arizona Cardinals, where he would stay for six seasons between 2008-2012. In Arizona, Miller would coach receivers and be a passing game coordinator before becoming the Cardinals offensive coordinator for two seasons, coaching NFL greats Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin while helping the team reach the Super Bowl in 2009. Miller’s first foray into the CFL came in 2013 when he was hired to be Montreal’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Sweet, another coach with 20+ years of experience, most recently coached in the US college ranks with Howard University, Lyon College, and Norfolk State. The Virginia native coached offensive lines for ten seasons in the CFL between 2007 and 2016 with Calgary (1997-2011), Saskatchewan (2012), Edmonton (2013), and Montreal (2014-2016). Sweet would win a Grey Cup with Calgary in 2008. Before coming to the CFL, Sweet coached at Tennessee Tech, Holy Cross, Elon, Presbyterian, Kentucky State, and Columbia between 1997-2006, primarily coaching the offensive line.
Costanza joins the Argos staff from Winnipeg, where he led the Bombers’ running backs and helped the team win the Grey Cup in 2021. Before his time in Winnipeg, Costanza coached receivers in Calgary for 12 seasons, winning the Grey Cup three times with the Stampeders. Before his time in the CFL, the William Patterson University product coached for eight years (2000-2007) in the AFL2, including the head coach of the Albany Conquest, with whom he won a championship in 2003. Costanza also coached defensive backs at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Connecticut from 2006-2007. His first coaching gig was with the New Jersey Red Dogs of the Arena Football League in 1997, where he worked with John Hufnagel.
Harrison comes to Toronto after coaching the offensive line and holding the title of assistant head coach at Marshall High School in Houston in 2021. The University of Colorado product played two seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs before coming north for six seasons with Calgary (2010-2015), where he would win a Grey Cup in 2014.
Fields, who will coach the Argos secondary, was the defensive coordinator at Peru State College in Nebraska from 2020-2021 after coaching the secondary of the XFL’s Tampa Bay Vipers in 2019. The former defensive back coached DB’s in Montreal, Hamilton, and Edmonton from 2015-to 2019. The Pennsylvania native started his coaching career at Cypress Christian School in Houston from 2010-2014 before scouting for the B.C. Lions and coaching defensive backs at Simon Fraser University from 2013-2014. Fields played six CFL seasons with Calgary and Winnipeg and was a 2001 Grey Cup champion Stampeders member.
After spending the last four seasons with Montreal in the same capacity, Donovan will be the Double Blue’s new special teams coordinator. Before moving to Montreal, Donovan was the head coach at Concordia University in Quebec for four seasons, where he was named Coach of the Year after his first season in 2014. The New Hampshire native began his coaching career at Western from 2007-2011 before moving to McGill from 2012-2013. Donovan was a guest coach of the Argos during their 2013 training camp.
Toronto Argonauts 2022 Coaching Staff
|Ryan Dinwiddie*||Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator|
|Kris Sweet||Offensive Line Coach|
|Mike Miller||Quarterbacks Coach|
|Pete Costanza||Receivers/Pass Game Coordinator|
|Edwin Harrison||Running Backs/Quality Control|
|Corey Mace||Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line|
|Kevin Eiben*||Linebackers Coach|
|William Fields||Secondary Coach|
|Joshua Bell*||Defensive Backs Coach|
|Mickey Donovan||Special Teams Coordinator|