Montreal Alouettes hire Tom Higgins as new head coach
In this file photo, Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach Kent Austin, left, and Calgary Stampeders head coach Tom Higgins meet at mid field after the Riders win the west semi final 26-24 CFL action on Nov. 11, 2007 in Regina, Sask. (The Canadian Press/Troy Fleece)
Published Monday, February 24, 2014 4:42PM EST
MONTREAL -- Tom Higgins has been named the new head coach of the Montreal Alouettes.
The CFL club confirmed Higgins' appointment in a release Monday.
Higgins will take over from team general manager Jim Popp, who has also been coaching the team since Dan Hawkins was fired only five games into his first CFL season.
Higgins has extensive CFL experience, including four years as a head coach with the Edmonton Eskimos and another three with the Calgary Stampeders.
He led the Eskimos to a Grey Cup in 2003.
He recently served as the CFL's director of officiating.