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Toronto Argonauts GM Jim Barker

By on November 6, 2012

Today on Be My Guest, Perry speaks with Toronto Argonauts GM Jim Barker, Mayor of Fort Erie Doug Martin and Adam Burns from

Tuesday November 6, @ 10am -11am (EST).
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Jim Barker (born August 25, 1956 in Pasadena, California) is the general manager of the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.

Barker served as an assistant college football coach at San Francisco State (1978–81), Occidental (1982–84), New Mexico State (1985–87), University of Nevada, Reno (1988), and Pomona-Pitzer (1989–95). Barker also served as Pomona-Pitzer’s head baseball coach concurrent to his work as the Sagehens’ offensive coordinator.

Barker’s CFL coaching career began in 1996 as a member of the Montreal Alouettes coaching staff. The Alouettes set a team record for wins, but lost in the Eastern Division Finals to the Toronto Argonauts. In 1997, he was named the Argonauts’ Co-Offensive Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach and was instrumental in guiding one of the best offences in CFL history. In 1999 he replaced the departing Don Matthews as head coach of the Argonauts, becoming the youngest head coach in the CFL.

In 2000, he moved back to the United States and was the Offensive Coordinator of the Los Angeles Xtreme who went on to win the XFL Championship. His work with quarterback Tommy Maddox is well recognized as Maddox went on to win the XFL Player of the Year award and later was named NFL Comeback Player of the Year with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In 2002, Barker was hired to serve as an in-studio analyst on the America One‘s CFL telecasts, but instead joined old boss Don Matthews as Offensive Coordinator and Quarterback Coach of the Montreal Alouettes, leading them to their first Grey Cup in over 20 years. Quarterback Anthony Calvillo enjoyed his finest season as a pro and was the Terry Evanshen Trophy winner as Eastern Division Player of the Year.

He moved to Calgary in 2003 where he served as the Head Coach of the Calgary Stampeders. He was fired after a 5–13 season and was replaced by Matt Dunigan.

Jim rejoined the Stampeders in 2005 as General Manager. He acquired several big components, including Henry BurrisJeremaine CopelandRahim Abdullah, and Sandro DeAngelis. He also played a big role in the 2005 CFL Draft, selecting players such as John ComiskeyBrett Ralph, and 1st overall pick Miguel Robede. These changes helped turned the Stampeders record from 4–14 to 11–7. In 2006, the Stampeders finished 10–8 and lost to the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Division Semifinals 30–21. Barker was replaced as general manager by John Hufnagel after the2007 season. He was reassigned to the position of Senior Vice-President of Football Operations and Director of Player Personnel.

On February 9, 2010, Barker returned to the Toronto Argonauts for his second stint as their head coach. After leading the Argos to the playoffs for the first time since 2007, Barker assumed the role of general manager on December 15, 2010, replacing Adam Rita whose contract was not renewed.

The CFL announced on February 25, 2011 that Barker was the Coach of the Year for 2010, winning the Annis Stukus Trophy.


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