Scott Milanovich

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Scott Milanovich
Edmonton Football Team
Position:Head Coach
Personal information
Born: (1973-01-25) January 25, 1973 (age 47)
Butler, Pennsylvania
Career information
High school:Butler (PA) Senior
Expansion draft:1999 / Round: 29 / Pick: 29
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at
Career Arena statistics
Comp. / Att.:101 / 181
Passing yards:1,223
QB Rating:97.92
Rushing TD:0
Player stats at

Scott Milanovich (born January 25, 1973) is the head coach for the Edmonton Football Team of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He was previously a quarterback in the National Football League for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in NFL Europe for the Berlin Thunder, in the XFL for the Los Angeles Xtreme, in the Arena Football League for the Tampa Bay Storm, and in the CFL for the Calgary Stampeders. He was also the head coach for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the offensive coordinator for the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL, and was also the quarterbacks coach for the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars.

In his first season as a professional head coach, Milanovich led the Argonauts to victory in the 100th Grey Cup.

Early years[edit]

Milanovich played high school football at Butler Senior High School in Butler, Pennsylvania.[1]

He attended the University of Maryland, where he played college football as a quarterback and punter for the Maryland Terrapins.[1] Prior to the 1995 season, Milanovich and four other Maryland players received suspensions for betting on college football and basketball games. Milanovich received an eight-game suspension (later reduced to four[2]) during his senior year for having bet between $25 and $50 on a total of six games. The bets had no impact on the outcome of the games.[3] Despite throwing for 24 TD as a Sophomore and 20 TD as a Junior, Scott struggled mightily as a Senior throwing just 2 TD against 7 interceptions.

Milanovich was named the MVP for the Blue squad in the Blue-Gray Classic, and completed 9 of 20 pass attempts for 175 yards and two touchdowns.[4] As of 2008, Milanovich still held the Maryland record for highest career pass completion rate.[5]

Professional playing career[edit]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

After going undrafted in the 1996 NFL Draft, Milanovich signed as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. During his rookie campaign, he was designated as the team's third quarterback for 15 games, seeing action in one contest. In that game he completed two of three passes for nine yards.[6] In 1997, he was declared inactive before all 16 regular season games and both playoff contests.

After being left unprotected by the Buccaneers in the 1999 NFL expansion draft, Milanovich was the only quarterback selected by the Cleveland Browns, but he never played for the team.[7]

Los Angeles Xtreme[edit]

Milanovich was expected to be the starting quarterback for the XFL's Los Angeles Xtreme but lost the job to Tommy Maddox. Milanovich saw limited action as the Xtreme's second-string quarterback, behind Maddox. The Xtreme won the league's championship game, the Million Dollar Game in the original XFL's sole season.

Coaching career[edit]

Milanovich began his coaching career as the quarterbacks coach for the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe in the spring of 2003. Later that year he joined the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League where he also coached the quarterbacks. Between the 2004 and 2005 seasons, Milanovich was the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator for the now defunct Mansfield University Mountaineers football team.[8] In 2004, he returned to the Rhein Fire where he served another season as quarterbacks coach. He was elevated to the position of offensive coordinator in 2005 and spent the 2006 season in the same capacity for the Cologne Centurions. Milanovich returned to the CFL in February 2007 when he was named quarterbacks coach of the Montreal Alouettes. A year later he was promoted to offensive coordinator. In 2009, he added the title of assistant head coach.

On December 1, 2011, Milanovich was named the 42nd head coach of the Toronto Argonauts.[9] His Argonauts won the Grey Cup in his first season at the helm. Following a 9–9 regular season in 2012, Milanovich led the Toronto Argonauts to a 35–22 Grey Cup victory in his debut season as a head coach, and was named the 2012 CFL Coach of the Year.[10]

Milanovich's second season as Argonauts head coach was a successful one. The team battled plenty of injuries yet still managed to finish first place in the Eastern Division with an 11–7 record, their first division championship since the 2007 season. The Argonauts would eventually lose in the Eastern Final playoff game to Hamilton.

Due to uncertainty over his future with the Argonauts, Milanovich resigned as the team's head coach as he was named the quarterbacks coach for the National Football League's Jacksonville Jaguars on January 26, 2017.[11] In November 2018, with the Jaguars offense struggling, offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett was fired and Milanovich assumed play-calling duties.[12] Milanovich then relinquished offensive coordinator duties to the recently hired John DeFilippo.

On December 12, 2019, Milanovich was named the 22nd head coach of the Edmonton Football Team.[13] He remained the Jaguars' quarterbacks coach until the end of the 2019 season.[14]

CFL coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Result
TOR 2012 9 9 0 .500 2nd in East Division 3 0 Won 100th Grey Cup
TOR 2013 11 7 0 .611 1st in East Division 0 1 Lost in East Final
TOR 2014 8 10 0 .444 4th in East Division - - Failed to Qualify
TOR 2015 10 8 0 .556 3rd in East Division 0 1 Lost in East Semi-Final
TOR 2016 5 13 0 .278 4th in East Division - - Failed to Qualify
Total 43 47 0 .478 1 Division
3 2 1 Grey Cup

Legal troubles[edit]

Following his time in Tampa Bay he was charged with driving under the influence for an incident on April 11, 1998. He was pulled over by police in Pinellas Park, Florida, and found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.135.[15] He pleaded no contest and received a $550 fine, probation, 50 hours of community service and six-month driver's license suspension. He was able to pay the Salvation Army in order to avoid the community service requirement.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Scott Milanovich Past Stats, Statistics, History, and Awards - Archived November 22, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Milanovich has suspension reduced, The Moscow-Pullman Daily News, July 19, 1995.
  3. ^ NCAA Suspends Terrapins' Milanovich For Eight Games, The Washington Post, July 11, 1995.
  4. ^ Milanovich and others seized chance at showcase, The St. Petersburg Times, December 26, 1995.
  5. ^ 2008 Division I Football Records Book Archived October 29, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, NCAA, accessed November 30, 2008.
  6. ^ "Scott Milanovich NFL Football Statistics". Retrieved December 6, 2011.
  7. ^ Labbe, Dan (June 21, 2017). "1999 NFL expansion draft: Look back at the Cleveland Browns' re-entry into the league". Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 11, 2015. Retrieved September 3, 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Argonauts name Scott Milanovich Head Coach
  10. ^ 2012 Coach of the Year
  11. ^ "Scott Milanovich named quarterbacks coach". Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  12. ^ Johnson, Jay (November 26, 2018). "Jags name QB coach Scott Milanovich new offensive play-caller". USA Today. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  13. ^ "Eskimos Hire Scott Milanovich as 22nd Head Coach". December 12, 2019. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  14. ^ Oehser, John (December 12, 2019). "Thursday update: Milanovich to CFL". Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  15. ^ Sentinel, Orlando. "BUCS' QB MILANOVICH IS CHARGED WITH DUI". Retrieved December 13, 2019.

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