Alouettes hire Tom Higgins against GM's wishes

Tom Higgins will be the next head coach of the Montreal Alouettes. (QMI Agency/Files)

Tom Higgins will be the next head coach of the Montreal Alouettes. (QMI Agency/Files)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:07 PM ET

The Montreal Alouettes have found a new head coach as Tom Higgins was named as their next bench boss on Monday.

Higgins will take over the coaching duties from general manager Jim Popp, who was interim coach following the ouster of Dan Hawkins after a 2-3 start to the 2013 season.

According to the Journal de Montreal, Higgins was not Popp's choice to succeed him at the coaching helm.

Higgins was appointed as the Director of Officiating for the CFL in April 2008 but was let go following the 2013 Grey Cup, even though the league said he was pursuing a job opportunity.

Higgins coached the Edmonton Eskimos between 2001 and 2004 and the Calgary Stampeders from 2005 to 2007. He won the Grey Cup in 2003 after losing in the 2002 final.

As a CFL head coach, the 59-year-old posted a record of 72-53-1 and won the Annis Stukus Trophy as coach of the year twice, in 2003 and 2005.


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