Jim Barker

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Jim Barker
Jim Barker, June 22, 2019.jpg
Barker before a Hamilton Tiger-Cats game in 2019.
Born: (1956-08-25) August 25, 1956 (age 64)
Pasadena, California [1]
Career history
As administrator
20052007 Calgary Stampeders (GM)
20082009 Calgary Stampeders (VP/Dir PP)
20112017 Toronto Argonauts (GM)
20192020 Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Consultant)
As coach
1978–1981 San Francisco State (AST)
1982–1984 Occidental (AST)
1985–1987 New Mexico State (AST)
1988 Nevada (AST)
1989–1995 Pomona-Pitzer (AST)
1996 Montreal Alouettes (AST)
19971998 Toronto Argonauts (OC/OLC)
1999 Toronto Argonauts (HC)
2001 Los Angeles Xtreme (OC)
2002 Montreal Alouettes (OC/QC)
2003 Calgary Stampeders (HC)
20102011 Toronto Argonauts (HC)
20192020 Hamilton Tiger-Cats (AST)
Career highlights and awards
Honours4x Grey Cup champion – (1997, 2002, 2008, 2012)

James Barker (born August 25, 1956) [1] is a sports analyst for the CFL on TSN and is a former gridiron football coach and administrator. He was most recently a football operations consultant and assistant coach for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He has also served as a head coach and general manager for the Calgary Stampeders and Toronto Argonauts. He is a four-time Grey Cup champion having won twice as an assistant coach and twice as a football administrator.

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Coaching and executive career

Barker served as an assistant college football coach at San Francisco State (1978–81), Occidental (1982–84), [2] New Mexico State (1985–87), Nevada (1988) and Pomona-Pitzer (1989–95). Barker also served as Pomona-Pitzer's head baseball coach concurrent to his work as the Sagehens' offensive coordinator.

Barker's CFL coaching career began in 1996 as a member of the Montreal Alouettes coaching staff. The Alouettes set a team record for wins, but lost in the Eastern Division Finals to the Toronto Argonauts. In 1997, he was named the Argonauts' Co-Offensive Coordinator and offensive line coach and was instrumental[ according to whom? ] in guiding one of the best offences in CFL history. In 1999 he replaced the departing Don Matthews as head coach of the Argonauts, becoming the youngest head coach in the CFL.

In 2000, he moved back to the United States and was the offensive coordinator of the Los Angeles Xtreme who went on to win the XFL Championship. His work with quarterback Tommy Maddox is well recognized[ by whom? ] as Maddox went on to win the XFL Player of the Year award and later was named NFL Comeback Player of the Year with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In 2002, Barker was hired to serve as an in-studio analyst on the America One's CFL telecasts, [3] but instead joined old boss Don Matthews as offensive coordinator and quarterback coach of the Montreal Alouettes, leading them to their first Grey Cup in over 20 years. Quarterback Anthony Calvillo enjoyed his finest season as a pro and was the Terry Evanshen Trophy winner as Eastern Division Player of the Year.

He moved to Calgary in 2003 where he served as the head coach of the Calgary Stampeders. He was fired after a 5–13 season and was replaced by Matt Dunigan.

Barker rejoined the Stampeders in 2005 as general manager. He acquired Henry Burris, Jeremaine Copeland, Rahim Abdullah, and Sandro DeAngelis and played a role in the 2005 CFL Draft, selecting players such as John Comiskey, Brett Ralph, and first overall pick Miguel Robede. These changes helped turn the Stampeders' record from 4–14 to 11–7. In 2006, the Stampeders finished 10–8 and lost to the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Division Semifinals, 30–21. Barker was replaced as general manager by John Hufnagel after the 2007 season. He was reassigned to the position of Senior Vice-President of Football Operations and director of player personnel.

On February 9, 2010, Barker returned to the Toronto Argonauts for his second stint as their head coach. After leading the Argos to the playoffs for the first time since 2007, Barker assumed the role of general manager on December 15, 2010, replacing Adam Rita, whose contract was not renewed. [4]

The CFL announced on February 25, 2011, that Barker was the Coach of the Year for 2010, winning the Annis Stukus Trophy. Prior to the 2012 CFL season, Barker made a trade that brought All-Star quarterback Ricky Ray from the Edmonton Eskimos to Toronto to help an offense that had struggled for some time. That move, and others, helped the Argonauts win the league's 100th Grey Cup at Rogers Centre.

After six seasons as the general manager of the Argonauts and compiling a 49–59 record in that time span, Barker was fired on January 24, 2017. [5] Barker spent the 2018 season as a TV analyst on TSN.

On January 3, 2019, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced Barker would join the team as a football operations consultant. [6] Following the departure of June Jones just prior to 2019 training camp, Barker also added the title of offensive assistant for the 2019 season. [7] For the 2020 season, he was also named a special teams assistant coach. [8] However, the 2020 CFL season was cancelled and Barker was not retained for the 2021 season. [9]

Barker re-joined the CFL on TSN broadcasts as an analyst for the 2021 CFL season. [10]

CFL GM record

TeamYearRegular seasonPostseason
WonLostTiesWin %FinishWonLostResult
CGY 2005 1170.6112nd in West Division01Lost in West Semi-Final
CGY 2006 1080.5552nd in West Division01Lost in West Semi-Final
CGY 2007 7101.4113rd in West Division01Lost in West Semi-Final
TOR 2011 6120.3334th in East DivisionMissed Playoffs
TOR 2012 990.5002nd in East Division30Won Grey Cup
TOR 2013 1170.6111st in East Division01Lost in East Final
TOR 2014 8100.4444th in East Division--Missed Playoffs
TOR 2015 1080.5563rd in East Division01Lost in East Semi-Final
TOR 2016 5130.4444th in East Division--Missed Playoffs
Total77841.4781 Division
Championship
351 Grey Cup

CFL coaching record

TeamYearRegular seasonPostseason
WonLostTiesWin %FinishWonLostResult
TOR 1999 990.5003rd in East Division01Lost in East Semi-Final
CGY 2003 5130.2785th in West DivisionMissed Playoffs
TOR 2010 990.5003rd in East Division11Lost in East Final
TOR 2011 6120.3334th in East DivisionMissed Playoffs
Total29430.4030 Division
Championships
120 Grey Cups

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