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GENERAL MANAGER

 CFL CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 254 regular season wins as a GM – second all-time to only Wally Buono (284)
  • Four-Time Grey Cup Champion (1995, 2002, 2009, 2010).
  • 10 Grey Cup appearances (1994, 1995, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010), the most by a GM in CFL history.
  • 11 first-place finishes.
  • As Baltimore Stallions’ GM, he appeared in two Grey Cups (1994, 1995) and won one (1995).
  • As the Alouettes’ GM, he appeared in eight Grey Cups (2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010) and won three (2002, 2009, and 2010).
  • Led the most successful expansion franchise in sports history (1994 expansion Baltimore Stallions played in the Grey Cup).
  • Led the only team in the CFL to ever win 18 games (1995 Baltimore Stallions, 15 regular season wins, two playoff wins and the Grey Cup).
  • Named the Sports Executive of the Year in 2011 after leading the Alouettes to back-to-back championships in 2009 and 2010 – the first team to win consecutive Grey Cups since the Argos accomplished the feat in 1996 and 1997.

CFL STATS & RECORDS:

All-Time Highest Winning Percentage by a General Manager (Minimum 100 games)

RANK GENERAL MANAGER RECORD WINNING %
1 John Hufnagel (Cgy) 117-43-2 .728
2 Wally Buono (Cgy, BC) 284-164-2 .634
3 Jim Popp (Blt, Mtl) 254-159-1 .614
4 Norm Kimball (Edm) 190-118-2 .613


Identifying, Recruiting and Developing Players:
Under his leadership, Popp has identified, recruited and developed some of the league’s biggest stars and most dominant players over the past 20 years: Anthony Calvillo, Mike Pringle, Robert Drummond, SJ Green, Chip Cox, John Bowman, Ben Cahoon, Bryan Chiu, Duron Carter, Brandon Whitaker, Chad Owens.

Identifying, Recruiting and Developing Coaches and Administrators: Popp has also been successful in identifying, recruiting and developing coaches and executives over the past two decades, including but not limited to: Marcel Desjardins (GM, Ottawa Redblacks), Jim Barker (Former Argos GM and Head Coach), Marc Trestman (HC Toronto Argonauts), Marcus Brady (former Offensive Coordinator), Tim Burke (former Head Coach Winnipeg Blue Bombers), Chris Jones (VP of Football Ops GM and Head Coach, Saskatchewan Roughriders), Scott Milanovich (Former Argos Head Coach), Doug Berry (Former Head Coach Winnipeg Blue Bombers), Brendan Taman (former GM), Danny Maciocia (Former GM and HC), Charlie Taafe (Former Head Coach),

Jim Popp joined the Toronto Argonauts on February 28, 2017 as the club’s 19th General Manager and returns in 2018 for his second season with the team. In his first season at the helm in Toronto, Popp constructed a coaching staff and roster that won the CFL’s East Division before winning the franchise’s 17th Grey Cup in an epic game against Calgary in the 105th Grey Cup. Popp brings with him over 25 years of knowledge and Canadian Football League experience.

Prior to joining the Argonauts, Popp spent 20 seasons with the Montreal Alouettes where he served as the Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager and two seasons with the Baltimore Stallions, a member of the CFL’s previous American expansion. As a General Manager, Popp has guided his teams to four Grey Cups Championships (1995 with Baltimore, 2002, 2009 and 2010 with Montreal) and has appeared in 10 – the most by a GM in league history.

Additionally, he led the only team in CFL history to ever win 18 games in his only second season as the General Manager of the Baltimore Stallions in 1995, and a 25-9 record in their two-year existence. During his time in Montreal, he led the Alouettes to 10 first place finishes, eight East Division Championships and three Grey Cups. The 2011 Sports Media Canada Executive of the Year, currently ranks second all-time wins by a GM (254).

The CFL devotee jump started his career in 1992 as the Saskatchewan Roughriders receivers coach and Director, Player Personnel.

Under his leadership, Popp has identified recruited and developed some of the league’s biggest stars and dominants players over the last 20 years, including Anthony Calvillo, Mike Pringle, Robert Drummond, SJ Green, Chip Cox, John Bowman, Ben Cahoon, Bryan Chui and Brandon Whitaker to name a few.

He has also groomed some of the league’s best coaches, executives and talent evaluators, including but not limited to: Marcel Desjardins, Jim Barker, Marc Trestman, Marcus Brady, Chris Jones, Danny Maciocia, and Scott Milanovich.

Born in Elkin, North Carolina, Popp played his collegiate career at Michigan State. He and his wife Kimberly currently reside in North Carolina with their six children. 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 honour (Coach Joe Popp Stadium).

Coaching Career 

2017-Pres.    Toronto Argonauts, General Manager

1996-2016    Montreal Alouettes, Vice President, Football Operations & General Manager

1994-95         Baltimore Stallions, General Manager & Director, Player Personnel

1992-93         Saskatchewan Roughriders, Wide Receivers Coach & Director, Player Personnel