Kavis Reed
Born: (1973-02-24) February 24, 1973 (age 50)
Georgetown, South Carolina, U.S.
Career information
CFL statusAmerican
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight170 lb (77 kg)
Career history
As administrator
20162019Montreal Alouettes (GM)
As coach
2001Toronto Argonauts (DBC/STC)
20022003Ottawa Renegades (DBC)
20042006Hamilton Tiger-Cats (DC)
2007Toronto Argonauts (Defensive assistant)
2008Toronto Argonauts (DC)
2009Saskatchewan Roughriders (RBC)
2009Saskatchewan Roughriders (STC)
2010Winnipeg Blue Bombers (DC)
20112012Edmonton Eskimos (HC)
2012Edmonton Eskimos (HC/OC)
2013Edmonton Eskimos (HC)
20152016Montreal Alouettes (STC)
2017Montreal Alouettes (Interim HC)
As player
19951999Edmonton Eskimos
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star1997
CFL West All-Star1997

Kavis Reed (born February 24, 1973) is a former Canadian Football League (CFL) defensive back, head coach and general manager. He was most recently the GM of the Montreal Alouettes from December 2016 until July 2019.[1] He also served three years as the head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos, leading them to one West Final game. He played professionally as a defensive back for the Eskimos from 1995 to 1999.

Playing career

Reed played for the Edmonton Eskimos from 1995 to 1999. He was named a CFL All-Star in 1997 and played in his first and only Grey Cup which was a loss to the Toronto Argonauts. In the following off-season, he signed with the Kansas City Chiefs in February 1998 but soon after re-joined the Eskimos in August 1998. He suffered a career-ending neck injury in 1999 and retired soon after. He finished his professional playing career with 205 tackles, 20 interceptions, and five touchdowns in 67 games played.

Coaching career

After 10 years as an assistant coach in the CFL, Reed was hired as head coach for the Edmonton Eskimos, being named the 19th head coach in Eskimos history on December 10, 2010 after signing a three-year contract.[2] He was released from a contract extension November 4, 2013 after an unsuccessful season. Reed also served as the interim coach for the Als in 2017 after the firing of Jacques Chapdelaine, finishing the season with seven straight losses.

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Result
EDM 2011 11 7 0 .611 2nd in West Division 1 1 Lost West Final
EDM 2012 7 11 0 .388 4th in West Division 0 1 Lost East Semi-Final
EDM 2013 4 14 0 .222 4th in West Division - - Failed to Qualify
MTL 2017 0 7 0 .000 4th in East Division - - Failed to Qualify
Total 22 39 0 .361 0 Division
1 2 0 Grey Cups

General manager career

Reed was announced as the general manager of the Montreal Alouettes on December 14, 2016, after the 2016 CFL season.[3] Reed briefly expanded his role as GM to include the role of head coach after the firing of Jacques Chapdelaine in 2017. On July 14, 2019, after a 2–2 start to the 2019 season, Montreal Alouettes president and CEO Patrick Boivin relieved Reed of his duties as general manager. The reason for the firing was not made known in the midst of the impending sale of the club to new ownership.

General managing record

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Result
MTL 2017 3 15 0 .167 4th in East Division - - Failed to qualify
MTL 2018 5 13 0 .278 3rd in East Division - - Failed to qualify
MTL 2019 2 2 0 .500 2nd in East Division - - Fired Mid-Season
Total 10 30 0 .250 0 Division
- - 0 Grey Cups


  1. ^ "Alouettes part ways with GM Kavis Reed". CFL.ca. July 14, 2019.
  2. ^ "CFL.ca - Official Site of the Canadian Football League". Archived from the original on 2010-12-14.
  3. ^ "Montreal Alouettes promote assistant coach Reed to general manager - Montreal | Globalnews.ca". globalnews.ca. 2016-12-14. Retrieved 2019-07-15.