TORONTO - As expected, Jim Barker has been named one of three finalists for Canadian Football League coach of the year.
Joining Barker as nominees are Marc Trestman of the Grey Cup champion Montreal Alouettes and Ken Miller of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
“It’s truly humbling to be a finalist for coach of the year, especially when you look at the other coaches who are currently coaching in our league,” Barker said in a statement released by the Argos Thursday. “It’s a tribute to a tremendous front office, fantastic coaching staff and great players. The most important thing I believe that I can do as a coach is get the right people on board and then get everyone to pull in the same direction. In 2010, we took a brand new set of coaches and a brand new set of players and they all bought in to the philosophy we put forward. I couldn’t be prouder of everyone and this nomination acknowledges our collective work.”
Barker is the first Argos coach to be named a finalist for this award since Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons was nominated in six consecutive seasons from 2002-07.
Barker led the Argos to a 9-9 record in 2010 and took the team back to the playoffs, where it advanced to the East final.
The previous two years before Barker took over were a disaster. The Argos won just seven games in those two seasons combined, but Barker’s leadership helped instill a winning attitude.
The winner of the coach of the year award will be announced on Feb. 25 in Vancouver at the CFL’s annual congress.