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Montreal Alouettes promote assistant coach Reed to general manager

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WATCH ABOVE: He's been a player, an assistant coach and a head coach in the CFL. Now, Kavis Reed will get to try his hand at being a general manager – Dec 14, 2016

He’s been a player, an assistant coach and a head coach in the CFL.

Now, Kavis Reed will get to try his hand at being a general manager.

The Montreal Alouettes announced Wednesday that Reed has been hired as their new GM. He replaces Jim Popp, who was fired Nov. 7.

The Alouettes also announced the surprising hiring of Patrick Boivin as their president and chief executive officer and removed the interim tag from head coach Jacques Chapdelaine’s job title.

READ MORE: Jim Popp will not return as Alouettes general manager

Boivin replaces Mark Weightman, who the Alouettes said has resigned as club president. Weightman spent the last four years in that post and 21 years with the organization.

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The GM move was also somewhat surprising given Reed has no previous experience as a general manager.

He served as Montreal’s assistant head coach and special-teams co-ordinator last season but has coached all three phases in the CFL and thus understands the nuances of the Canadian game.

Reed, who interviewed for the GM’s job Sunday, is familiar with the makeup of the CFL’s 44-man roster (21 international players, 20 nationals, three quarterbacks of any nationality and two reserve players).

He’s also aware of having to start at least seven national – or Canadian – performers each game.

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