GM/Vice President, Football Operations
Adam Rita is entering his fifth season as the Argonauts’ GM/Vice President, Football Operations after spending 2003 as the Club's Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator. With over twenty years of experience in the Canadian Football League and six Grey Cup wins, Rita is a football executive of incredible depth and experience. In 2004, his first year in his current role, he led the Double Blue to its first Grey Cup win since 1997.
Named CFL Coach of the Year in 1991, Rita took the Toronto Argonauts to the Grey Cup Championship after a season that saw the team set a league-best record of 13 wins and 5 losses. In 1993, with the Edmonton Eskimos, Rita took home Grey Cup honours as Offensive Coordinator. From 1997 to 2002, he served in various managerial positions with the B.C. Lions and was the club's General Manager in 2000 as they brought home the 88th Grey Cup.
Raised on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, Rita first broke into the professional coaching ranks in 1983 as an Offensive Coordinator with the B.C. Lions under Don Matthews after 12 years spent coaching at the college level with his alma mater Boise State University, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and the University of Hawaii. After two short seasons in B.C., Rita’s offence led the Lions to their first Grey Cup win since 1964, a 37-24 win over Hamilton. After spending one season with the UBC Thunderbirds in 1989, Rita returned to the CFL, leading the offence of the Toronto Argonauts under Matthews. Rita replaced Matthews as Head Coach in 1991, leading the team to a league-best record of 13-5 and his first Grey Cup Championship as a Head Coach. In 1993, Rita won his third championship as the Offensive Coordinator of the Edmonton Eskimos under Ron Lancaster before splitting the next two seasons with Ottawa and the Memphis Mad Dogs. Rita reunited with Don Matthews in Toronto in 1996, capturing another championship trophy with Doug Flutie as quarterback. Rita made his return to the Lions as head coach in 1997 and was named the CFLPA’s Coach of the Year.
Adam lives in Mississauga and has two sons, Kevin and Harrison one granddaughter, Jennifer and a grandson, Seth.