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Don Matthews
Title Head Coach
Sport Canadian football
Born June 22, 1939 (1939-06-22) (age 70)
Place of birth Amesbury, Massachusetts
Career highlights
Overall 231-132-1
Championships
73rd Grey Cup, 83rd Grey Cup, 84th Grey Cup, 85th Grey Cup, 90th Grey Cup
Awards
Records
Winningest Coach in CFL history
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1977

1978-1982

1983-1987
1989

1990
1991
1991-1993
1994-1995
1996-1998
1999-2000
2002-2006
2008
Edmonton Eskimos - Linebackers coach
Edmonton Eskimos - Defensive co-ordinator
BC Lions
Edmonton Eskimos - Defensive co-ordinator
Toronto Argonauts
Orlando Thunder (WLAF)
Sask. Roughriders
Baltimore Stallions
Toronto Argonauts
Edmonton Eskimos
Montreal Alouettes
Toronto Argonauts

Don Matthews, a.k.a. "The Don", (born June 22, 1939, Amesbury, Massachusetts) is a former head coach of several teams in the Canadian Football League and is the 2nd all-time winningest head coach in the CFL with 231 wins.

Matthews was formerly head coach of the CFL's BC Lions, Saskatchewan Roughriders, Baltimore Stallions, Toronto Argonauts, Edmonton Eskimos, and Montreal Alouettes. He was also head coach of the Orlando Thunder of the World League of American Football.

In October 2006, Matthews stepped down as head coach of the Alouettes expressing undisclosed health issues that were "affecting his ability to perform".[1]

In May, 2008, Matthews was announced as an advisor to the Jeff Hunt-led group's conditional Ottawa franchise.[2]

Don Matthews returned to Toronto on September 9, 2008 as the interim coach for the Argonauts, after they started the season with a 4-6 record.[3] In that press conference, Matthews revealed that the major health reason that caused him to step down as head coach of the Alouettes was an anxiety disorder. He also went further to say that he had been prescribed to some medication and the anxiety attacks are now under control.[4][5]

Matthews' mother, Ida, was a francophone from Tracadie, New Brunswick, while his father, Fred, was from Prince Edward Island. Matthews has 3 sons and 6 grandchildren. In 2004, Matthews became a Canadian citizen.

On October 31, 2008, he resigned from the Argonauts a day after the conclusion of the Argonauts 2008 regular season, which saw the Argos fail to win a game in the eight games under his leadership and finishing out of the playoffs for the first time since the 2001 CFL season.[6]

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Coaching Records

Don Matthews currently holds several coaching records:

  • Most Grey Cup appearances (9)
  • Most Grey Cup wins (5 - tied)

He also has an additional 5 Grey Cup titles as defensive co-ordinator of the Edmonton Eskimos.

CFL Head Coaching Record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Result
BC 1983 11 5 0 .688 1st in West Division 1 1 Lost in Grey Cup
BC 1984 12 3 1 .800 1st in West Division 0 1 Lost in Conference Finals
BC 1985 13 3 0 .813 1st in West Division 2 0 Won Grey Cup
BC 1986 12 6 0 .667 2nd in West Division 1 1 Lost in Conference Finals
BC 1987 8 6 0 .573 1st in West Division - - (fired)
TOR 1990 10 8 0 .556 2nd in East Division 1 1 Lost in Division Finals
SSK 1991 5 6 0 .455 4th in West Division - - Missed Playoffs
SSK 1992 9 9 0 .500 3rd in West Division 0 1 Lost in Division Finals
SSK 1993 11 7 0 .611 3rd in West Division 0 1 Lost in Division Finals
BAL 1994 12 6 0 .667 2nd in East Division 2 1 Lost in Grey Cup
BAL 1995 15 3 0 .833 1st in East Division 2 1 Won Grey Cup
TOR 1996 15 3 0 .833 1st in East Division 1 1 Won Grey Cup
TOR 1997 15 3 0 .833 1st in East Division 1 1 Won Grey Cup
TOR 1998 9 9 0 .500 3st in East Division 0 1 Lost in Division Finals
EDM 1999 6 12 0 .333 3st in East Division 0 1 Lost in Division Finals
EDM 2000 10 8 0 .556 2nd in East Division 0 1 Lost in Division Finals
MTL 2002 13 5 0 .722 1st in East Division 2 0 Won Grey Cup
MTL 2003 13 5 0 .722 1st in East Division 1 1 Lost in Grey Cup
MTL 2004 14 4 0 .778 1st in East Division 0 1 Lost in Conference Finals
MTL 2005 10 8 0 .556 2nd in East Division 2 1 Lost in Grey Cup
MTL 2006 8 6 0 .571 1st in East Division - - (stepped down)
TOR 2008 0 8 0 .000 3rd in East Division - - missed playoffs
BC 1983–1987 56 23 1 .700 4 West Division
Championship
4 3 1 Grey Cup
TOR 1990,1996–1998,2008 49 31 0 .613 2 East Division
Championship
2 3 2 Grey Cups
SSK 1991–1993 25 22 0 .532 0 West Division
Championship
0 2 0 Grey Cup
BAL 1994–1995 27 9 0 .750 1 East Division
Championship
4 2 1 Grey Cups
EDM 1999–2000 16 20 0 .444 0 West Division
Championship
0 2 0 Grey Cups
MTL 2002–2006 58 28 0 .674 4 East Division
Championship
5 2 1 Grey Cups
Total 1983–1987,1990–2006,2008 231 133 1 .633 11 Division
Championship
15 14 5 Grey Cups

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
first coach
Orlando Thunder Head Coaches
1991
Succeeded by
Galen Hall
Preceded by
first coach
Baltimore Stallions Head Coaches
1994–1995
Succeeded by
last coach
Awards
Preceded by
Wally Buono
Don Matthews
Don Matthews
Dave Ritchie
Cal Murphy
Grey Cup winning Head Coach
90th Grey Cup, 2002
85th Grey Cup, 1997
84th Grey Cup, 1996
83rd Grey Cup, 1995
73rd Grey Cup, 1985
Succeeded by
Tom Higgins
Wally Buono
Don Matthews
Don Matthews
Al Bruno







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