Adam Rita

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Toronto Argonauts GM Adam Rita at the Argos' practice facility on June 14, 2009

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.

Rita has two sons, Kevin and Harrison and two grandchildren Seth and Jennifer.[2]

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.[3]

CFL GM record[edit]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Result
BC 1997 8 10 0 .444 4th in West Division 0 1 Lost in East Semi-Final
BC 1998 9 9 0 .500 3rd in West Division 0 1 Lost in West Semi-Final
BC 1999 13 5 0 .750 1st in West Division 0 1 Lost in West Final
BC 2000 8 10 0 .444 3rd in West Division 3 0 Won Grey Cup
BC 2001 8 10 0 .444 3rd in West Division 0 1 Lost in West Semi-Final
BC 2002 10 8 0 .750 3rd in West Division 0 1 Lost in East Semi-Final
TOR 2003 9 9 0 .500 2nd in West Division 1 1 Lost in East Final
TOR 2004 10 7 1 .588 2nd in East Division 3 0 Won Grey Cup
TOR 2005 11 7 0 .611 1st in East Division 0 1 Lost in East Final
TOR 2006 10 8 0 .556 2nd in East Division 1 1 Lost in East Final
TOR 2007 11 7 0 .611 1st in East Division 0 1 Lost in East Final
TOR 2008 4 14 0 .222 3rd in East Division - - Failed to Qualify
TOR 2009 3 15 0 .167 4th in East Division - - Failed to Qualify
TOR 2010 9 9 0 .500 3rd in East Division 1 1 Lost in East Final
Total 122 128 1 .488 3 Division
Championships
9 10 2 Grey Cups

CFL coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Result
TOR 1991 13 5 0 .722 1st in East Division 2 0 Won Grey Cup
TOR 1992 3 8 0 .273 4th in East Division Fired Midseason
OTT 1994 4 14 0 .222 4th in East Division 0 1 Lost in East Semi-Final
BC 1997 8 10 0 .444 4th in West Division 0 1 Lost in Division Semifinals
BC 1998 2 6 0 .250 4th in West Division Resigned Midseason
BC 2002 9 3 0 .750 3rd in West Division 0 1 Lost in Division Semifinals
Total 40 46 0 .465 1 Division
Championships
2 3 1 Grey Cup

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