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Adam Rita (Born September 21, 1947) is a Canadian Football League executive who has served as the head coach of Toronto Argonauts, Ottawa Rough Riders, and BC Lions and as general manager of the Lions and Argonauts.

Rita first began his CFL coaching career in 1983 as the offensive co-ordinator for the B.C. Lions.[1] He first became a CFL Head Coach in 1991 with the Toronto Argonauts with whom he won his first and only Grey Cup championship as a Head Coach in that same year.

Rita grew up on Kaua'i, Hawai'i and as a young boy, he was a member of a canoe club and appeared paddling a canoe in the wedding scene of the Elvis Presley movie Blue Hawaii.

In 2004, Rita was named General Manager and Vice President of Football Operations of the Toronto Argonauts. Toronto won the 92nd Grey Cup in his first year on the job, but managed only a 48–60 record after that. Rita's contract was not renewed following the 2010 season and he was replaced by head coach Jim Barker.[2]

CFL GM recordEdit

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
WonLostTiesWin %Finish Won Lost Result
BC1997 8100.444 4th in West Division 0 1 Lost in East Semi-Final
BC1998 990.500 3rd in West Division 0 1 Lost in West Semi-Final
BC1999 1350.7501st in West Division 0 1 Lost in West Final
BC1997 8100.444 3rd in West Division 3 0 Won Grey Cup
BC1998 8100.444 3rd in West Division 0 1 Lost in West Semi-Final
BC1999 1080.750 3rd in West Division 0 1 Lost in East Semi-Final
TOR2003 990.500 2nd in West Division 1 1 Lost in East Final
TOR2004 1071.588 2nd in East Division 3 0 Won Grey Cup
TOR2005 1170.6111st in East Division 0 1 Lost in East Final
TOR2006 1080.556 2nd in East Division 1 1 Lost in East Final
TOR2007 1170.6111st in East Division 0 1 Lost in East Final
TOR2008 4140.222 3rd in East Division - - Failed to Qualify
TOR2009 3150.167 4th in East Division - - Failed to Qualify
TOR2010 990.500 3rd in East Division 1 1 Lost in East Final
Total 1221281.4883 Division
Championships
9 10 2 Grey Cups

CFL coaching recordEdit

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
WonLostTiesWin %Finish Won Lost Result
TOR1991 1350.7221st in East Division 2 0 Won Grey Cup
TOR1992 380.273 4th in East Division Fired Midseason
OTT1994 4140.222 4th in East Division 0 1 Lost in East Semi-Final
BC1997 8100.444 4th in West Division 0 1 Lost in Division Semifinals
BC1998 260.250 4th in West Division Resigned Midseason
BC2002 930.750 3rd in West Division 0 1 Lost in Division Semifinals
Total 40460.4651 Division
Championships
2 3 1 Grey Cup

ReferencesEdit

Awards
Preceded by
Mike Riley
Grey Cup winning Head Coach
79th Grey Cup, 1991
Succeeded by
Wally Buono


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