Argonauts field boss Scott Milanovich has ‘coaching in my blood’

Posted: June 3, 2012 at 7:13 pm

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Video: Argonauts training camp

Head coach Scott Milanovich looks ahead with main camp opening Sunday.

Bob Mitchell Sports Reporter

Using a 16-mm projector, Scott Milanovichs father Gary would hang a sheet in the attic above the garage of their home in Butler, Pa., and show him game film of the high school football team he coached.

Even at age 7, Milanovich was fascinated and developing a passion for the game he would one day play as a star quarterback for the University of Maryland Terrapins.

I didnt understand it all, but he would teach me. It was in black and white. You could rewind the plays back and forth, Milanovich recalled. I was the ball boy. I was at every practice.

He would later pass for 2,800 yards and 32 touchdowns in three seasons for the Butler high school team.

There were 7,000 people at our games. To me it was 100,000 fans, he said. It was an event you wanted to be part of.

On Sunday, Milanovich will step on the field at the University of Torontos Mississauga campus as the 42nd head coach in the 139-year history of the Argonauts. Its the first day of the main training camp. On June 13, theyll battle the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in a pre-season game at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

Milanovich, 39, spent five seasons in Montreal, four as offensive coordinator. He helped develop one of the CFLs most potent offences, with the Alouettes and QB Anthony Calvillo winning Grey Cups in 2009 and 2010. Now, the rookie head coach must turn a last-place team into a contender with former Edmonton star passer Ricky Raydirecting an offence he designed.

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