Adam Rita (Born September 21, 1947) is a gridiron football coach & general manager, most notably in the Canadian Football League. He has served as the head coach of the Toronto Argonauts, Ottawa Rough Riders, and BC Lions and as general manager of the Lions and Argonauts. Since 2018, he has served as head coach of the Bergamo Lions of the Italian Football League.
Adam Rita at the Argos' practice facility on June 14, 2009.
|Born:||September 21, 1947|
|1997–2002||BC Lions (GM)|
|2004–2010||Toronto Argonauts (GM)|
|1969–1976||Boise State Broncos (AC)|
|1977–1978||UNLV Rebels (AC)|
|1979–1982||Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (AC)|
|1983–1988||BC Lions (OC)|
|1989||UBC Thunderbirds (HC)|
|1990||Toronto Argonauts (OC)|
|1991–1992||Toronto Argonauts (HC)|
|1993||Edmonton Eskimos (OC)|
|1994||Ottawa Rough Riders (HC)|
|1995||Memphis Mad Dogs (OC)|
|1996||Toronto Argonauts (OC)|
|1997–1998||BC Lions (HC)|
|2002||BC Lions (IHC)|
|2003||Toronto Argonauts (OC)|
|2012–2015||Trinity College School (AC/OC)|
|2012||Prague Panthers (HC)|
|2013–2014||Calanda Broncos (HC)|
|2016–2017||Clarkson Secondary School (AC/OC)|
|2018–present||Bergamo Lions (HC/OC)|
|Career highlights and awards|
College playing careerEdit
NCAA coaching careerEdit
From 1969-1976, Rita continued his tenure with the Boise State Broncos, serving as an assistant coach & recruiting director. After leaving Boise State, Rita's U.S. college coaching stints continued with the UNLV Rebels & Hawaii Rainbow Warriors.
Coaching & GM career in Canadian footballEdit
In 1990, Rita rejoined Matthews in Toronto as offensive coordinator for the Toronto Argonauts. In 1991, after Matthews' departure, Rita became a first time CFL head coach for the Argonauts with whom he won his first and only Grey Cup championship as a head coach in that same year. In September 1992, after a 3-8 start to the season, Rita was fired as Argonauts head coach.
In 1994, Rita became the head coach of the Ottawa Rough Riders. The team went on to finish their season with a 4-14.
In 1996, Rita reunited with Matthews, rejoining the Argonauts as their offensive coordinator in 1996. The team would go on to win the 84th Grey Cup that year.
In 1997, Rita joined the B.C. Lions as both their new head coach and general manager. In 1998, Rita relinquished his head coaching responsibilities halfway through the season, focusing exclusively on his general manager duties. In 2002, after six games into the season, Rita took over as their interim head coach.
In 2003, Rita returned to the Toronto Argonauts as their offensive coordinator serving under head coach Pinball Clemons who he used to coach. In 2004, Rita was promoted to General Manager and Vice President of Football Operations of the Argonauts. Toronto won the 92nd Grey Cup in his first year on the job, but managed only a 48–60 record after that. Rita's contract was not renewed following the 2010 season and he was replaced by head coach Jim Barker.
During his CFL tenure, Rita won 6 Grey Cups in 8 appearances in his capacities as head coach, offensive coordinator, and general manager.
Coaching career in EuropeEdit
Rita has two sons, Kevin and Harrison and two grandchildren Seth and Jennifer.
CFL GM recordEdit
|Team||Year||Regular Season||Post Season|
|BC||1997||8||10||0||.444||4th in West Division||0||1||Lost in East Semi-Final|
|BC||1998||9||9||0||.500||3rd in West Division||0||1||Lost in West Semi-Final|
|BC||1999||13||5||0||.750||1st in West Division||0||1||Lost in West Final|
|BC||2000||8||10||0||.444||3rd in West Division||3||0||Won Grey Cup|
|BC||2001||8||10||0||.444||3rd in West Division||0||1||Lost in West Semi-Final|
|BC||2002||10||8||0||.750||3rd in West Division||0||1||Lost in West Semi-Final|
|TOR||2003||9||9||0||.500||2nd in West Division||1||1||Lost in East Final|
|TOR||2004||10||7||1||.588||2nd in East Division||3||0||Won Grey Cup|
|TOR||2005||11||7||0||.611||1st in East Division||0||1||Lost in East Final|
|TOR||2006||10||8||0||.556||2nd in East Division||1||1||Lost in East Final|
|TOR||2007||11||7||0||.611||1st in East Division||0||1||Lost in East Final|
|TOR||2008||4||14||0||.222||3rd in East Division||-||-||Failed to Qualify|
|TOR||2009||3||15||0||.167||4th in East Division||-||-||Failed to Qualify|
|TOR||2010||9||9||0||.500||3rd in East Division||1||1||Lost in East Final|
|9||10||2 Grey Cups|
CFL coaching recordEdit
|Team||Year||Regular Season||Post Season|
|TOR||1991||13||5||0||.722||1st in East Division||2||0||Won Grey Cup|
|TOR||1992||3||8||0||.273||4th in East Division||–||–||Fired Midseason|
|OTT||1994||4||14||0||.222||4th in East Division||0||1||Lost in East Semi-Final|
|BC||1997||8||10||0||.444||4th in West Division||0||1||Lost in Division Semifinals|
|BC||1998||2||6||0||.250||4th in West Division||–||–||Resigned Midseason|
|BC||2002||9||3||0||.750||3rd in West Division||0||1||Lost in Division Semifinals|
|2||3||1 Grey Cup|
- "Argos' Coach Barker Adds General Manager Role; Rita Out". TSN.ca. Retrieved December 15, 2010.
| Grey Cup winning Head Coach
79th Grey Cup, 1991