Ronald Hilaire
Date of birth (1984-11-22) November 22, 1984 (age 39)
Place of birthLaval, Quebec
Career information
CFL statusNational
Position(s)Defensive lineman
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight298 lb (135 kg)
US collegeBuffalo
CFL draft2008 / Round: 4 / Pick: 27
Drafted byCalgary Stampeders
Career history
As coach
2011–2013Montreal Carabins (DC/DL/RC)
2014McGill Redmen (DC/DL)
2015–2023McGill Redmen/Redbirds
As player
2009Calgary Stampeders*
*Offseason and/or practice roster member only

Ronald Hilaire (born November 22, 1984) is a former Canadian football defensive lineman who most recently served as the head coach for the McGill Redbirds football team.

College career

Hilaire played college football for the Buffalo Bulls.[1]

Professional career

Hilaire was drafted by the Calgary Stampeders in the fourth round of the 2008 CFL Draft. After completing his collegiate career, he signed with the Stampeders on May 8, 2009.[1] He spent the 2009 season with the team.

Coaching career

After spending time as an assistant coach with the Montreal Carabins and McGill Redmen, Hillaire was named the 21st head coach of the McGill football team on February 17, 2015.[2][3][4] He compiled a conference record of 16–48 over eight years and qualified for the playoffs three times, losing each time to the Carabins.[5] He was relieved of head coaching duties on December 1, 2023.[5]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
McGill Redmen/Redbirds (RSEQ) (2015–present)
2015 McGill 3–5 3–5 5th
2016 McGill 4–5 4–4 T–3rd L RSEQ Semifinal
2017 McGill 1–8 1–7 5th
2018 McGill 2–7 2–6 T–3rd L RSEQ Semifinal
2019 McGill 3–6 3–5 3rd L RSEQ Semifinal
2020 McGill 0–0 0–0 Season canceled due to COVID-19
2021 McGill 1–7 1–7 5th
2022 McGill 1–7 1–7 5th
2023 McGill 1–7 1–7 5th
McGill: 16–52 16–48
Total: 16–48
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth

Personal life

Hilaire is of Haitian descent.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Three 2008 draftees signed". Calgary Stampeders. May 8, 2009.
  2. ^ "Ronald Hilaire appointed 21st head coach in McGill football history". McGill University. February 17, 2015. Retrieved 2015-02-18.
  3. ^ "Ronald Hilaire named McGill's head football coach". Montreal Gazette. February 17, 2015. Archived from the original on September 29, 2015. Retrieved 2015-09-28.
  4. ^ "Redmen and Stingers headed by young coaches as football season kicks off". CBC. September 4, 2015. Archived from the original on October 1, 2015. Retrieved 2015-09-28.
  5. ^ a b "McGill University Redbirds part ways with football head coach Ronald Hilaire". 3DownNation. December 1, 2023.
  6. ^ Marois, Michel, ed. (28 February 2015). "Ronald Hilaire prêt à relancer le programme de football à McGill". La Presse. Archived from the original on September 20, 2015. Retrieved 18 April 2015.