|Date of birth:||December 21, 1964|
|Place of birth:||Elkin, North Carolina|
|Position(s):||Vice President, General Manager, Director of Football Operations, Director of Player Personnel|
|College:||Michigan State University|
|High school:||Mooresville High School, Mooresville, NC|
|Saskatchewan Roughriders (Wide Receiver Coach / Director of Player Personnel)
Baltimore Stallions (GM/Director of Player Personnel)
Montreal Alouettes (VP,GM,Dir. of FB Opts, Dir. of Player Personnel)
|Michigan State (AC)
North Carolina (AC)
The Citadel (AC)
Saskatchewan Roughriders (WRC)
Montreal Alouettes (HC)
Montreal Alouettes (HC)
Montreal Alouettes (HC)
|1983–1985||Michigan State University|
Career highlights and awards
|inducted into Sports Hall-of-Fame, 2011 Sports Executive-of-the-Year, 4 Grey Cup Championships,|
|Awards:||2011 Sports Executive of the Year|
|Honours:||4x Grey Cup champion – (1995, 2002, 2009, 2010), 10 Grey Cup appearances|
Popp was named general manager and director of player personnel of the CFL’s Baltimore Stallions in 1994. After two Grey Cup appearances (including one championship), the team was forced out of Baltimore when the original Cleveland Browns NFL franchise relocated to Baltimore as the Baltimore Ravens. Stallions owner Jim Speros knew that the Stallions could not compete with an NFL team even though they'd been a runaway hit. Ultimately, he decided to relocate his team to Montreal as the third incarnation of the Alouettes.
Popp stayed on as general manager, but found himself having to rebuild the team from almost nothing. While the Alouettes were allowed to reclaim the legacy of the original 1946-86 Alouettes, they were not allowed to keep their history as the Stallions. However, while all of the Stallions players were released from their contracts, Popp re-signed most of the key players from that team.
The Alouettes have been in eight Grey Cup Championships during Popp’s tenure (2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010), capturing the title three times (2002, 2009 and 2010).
During the 2001 season, Popp took over the team after he and owner Robert Wetenhall fired Rod Rust in the midst of a long losing streak. On October 4, 2006, following the resignation of Don Matthews due to health reasons, Popp again took over as head coach and led the Alouettes to an appearance in the 2006 Grey Cup. Popp continued leading the Alouettes during the 2007 season as well, a rebuilding year which saw the team play with 23 rookies and without their starting quarterback for half the season. Following the 2007 season, Popp decided to step away from the coaching ranks when he hired former NFL coach Marc Trestman as the new head coach of the Alouettes. On August 1, 2013, Popp returned to the sideline after the firing of new head coach Dan Hawkins and was interim head coach for the remainder of the 2013 season. For 2014, Tom Higgins was hired as the Alouettes' head coach and Popp returned to general manager duties full-time.
Front office executive
Under Popp’s guidance, his teams have reached the playoffs for 20 consecutive seasons, advancing to the Divisional Championship game 15 times. Popp’s teams have appeared in 10 Grey Cup championship games, winning the Grey Cup four times.
The 2009 and 2010 Alouettes back-to-back Grey Cup championships were the first back-to-back CFL titles in 13 years. Popp’s teams have been some of the most successful in CFL history.
- The only team to ever win 18 games in a CFL season (Baltimore Stallions - including the final 13 in-a-row)
- One of three teams in CFL history to have ever won 12 or more games in six consecutive seasons.
- Popp is the only General Manager to have won 12 or more games in seven consecutive seasons.
- Notoriety of having the most successful expansion franchise in sports history (1994 expansion Baltimore Stallions played in the Grey Cup Championship).
Popp credits much of his success on the field to his family, especially his father Joe, a former NFL and college coach. Jim and his father share the privilege of being members of the Mooresville (NC) High School Hall of Fame, whose football stadium is named in Joe’s honor (Coach Joe Popp Stadium).
Popp was recently named 2011 Sports Executive of the Year by Sports Media Canada.
CFL head coaching record
|Team||Year||Regular Season||Post Season|
|MTL||2001||0||1||0||.000||3rd in East Division||0||1||Lost in Division Semi-Finals|
|MTL||2006||2||2||0||.500||1st in East Division||1||1||Lost in Grey Cup|
|MTL||2007||8||10||0||.444||3rd in East Division||0||1||Lost in Division Semi-Finals|
|MTL||2013||6||7||0||.461||3rd in East Division||0||1||Lost in Division Semi-Finals|
|Total||16||20||0||.444||1 East Division
|1||4||0 Grey Cups|
- "Colts' Irsay intrigued by CFL's Popp; seven to interview for GM". NFL.com. Retrieved January 7, 2012.