Kris Sweet

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Kris Sweet
Toronto Argonauts
2022, Coach Kris Sweet.jpg
Sweet with the Argonauts in 2022
Born:Salem, Virginia[1]
Career information
Position(s)Offensive line coach
Career history
As coach
1997Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles
(Offensive assistant coach)
1998Holy Cross Crusaders
(Assistant offensive line coach)
1999Elon Phoenix
(Defensive ends coach)
2000Presbyterian Blue Hose
(Tight ends/fullbacks coach)
2001–2004Presbyterian Blue Hose
(Offensive line coach)
2003–2004Presbyterian Blue Hose
(Offensive coordinator)
2005Kentucky State Thorobreds
(Offensive line coach)
2006Columbia Lions
(Offensive line coach)
20072011Calgary Stampeders
(Offensive line coach)
2012Saskatchewan Roughriders
(Run game coordinator, Offensive line coach)
2013Edmonton Eskimos
(Offensive line coach)
20142016Montreal Alouettes
(Offensive line coach)
2018Norfolk State Spartans
(Offensive line coach)
2019Lyon Scots
(Offensive coordinator)
2021Howard Bison
(Offensive line coach)
2022–presentToronto Argonauts
(Offensive line coach)
Career highlights and awards

Kris Sweet is a professional gridiron football coach who is the offensive line coach for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL).

College career[edit]

Sweet played college football as a center for the Carson–Newman Eagles and earned his bachelor's degree in physical education in 1996 and his master's degree in education in 1998.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

College football[edit]

Sweet began his coaching career as an offensive graduate assistant for the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles in 1997.[1] Following stints with the Holy Cross Crusaders in 1998 and the Elon Phoenix in 1999, he joined the Presbyterian Blue Hose in 2000 as the team's tight ends coach and fullbacks coach.[1] In 2001, he became the offensive line coach for the Blue Hose and then was named offensive coordinator in 2003.[1] He added the titles of recruiting coordinator and academic coordinator in 2003.[1] In 2005, Sweet joined the Kentucky State Thorobreds staff as the team's offensive line coach and then moved to the Columbia Lions in 2006 in the same capacity.[1]

Calgary Stampeders[edit]

On February 16, 2007, it was announced that Sweet had joined the Calgary Stampeders to serve as team's offensive line coach, which marked his first foray into professional football.[2] He was retained in 2008 by new head coach John Hufnagel and Sweet won his first Grey Cup championship following the Stampeders' victory in the 96th Grey Cup game.[3]

Saskatchewan Roughriders[edit]

On January 3, 2012, Sweet was named the run game coordinator and offensive line coach for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.[4] However, he was with the team for only one season as he was dismissed at the end of the year.[5]

Edmonton Eskimos[edit]

On February 11, 2013, the Edmonton Eskimos announced that Sweet had joined their coaching staff to serve as the team's offensive line coach.[6] After head coach Kavis Reed was fired following the 2013 season, Sweet was not retained by incoming head coach Chris Jones.[7][8]

Montreal Alouettes[edit]

On March 6, 2014, it was announced that Sweet had joined the Montreal Alouettes as the team's offensive line coach, reuniting him with head coach Tom Higgins who had first hired him into the CFL in 2007.[9] He was with the team for three years under three different head coaches.

College football (II)[edit]

Sweet returned to the American college ranks in 2018 when he was named the offensive line coach for the Norfolk State Spartans.[1] In 2019, he joined the Lyon Scots as the team's offensive coordinator, but his tenure was cut short after he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.[3][10] After recovering, he joined the Howard Bison in 2021 to serve as their offensive line coach.[3]

Toronto Argonauts[edit]

It was announced on January 19, 2022, that Sweet had joined the Toronto Argonauts as their offensive line coach.[11] In his first year, the Argonauts won the 109th Grey Cup and Sweet won his second championship.

Personal life[edit]

Sweet and his wife, Kate, have two children, Alexandra and Megan.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Kris Sweet". Norfolk State Spartans. Retrieved December 11, 2022.
  2. ^ "Stampeders Put Last Touches on 2007 Coaching Staff". Calgary Stampeders. February 16, 2007.
  3. ^ a b c "Kris Sweet". Toronto Argonauts. Retrieved December 11, 2022.
  4. ^ "Riders Name Offensive Coaching Staff". Saskatchewan Roughriders. January 3, 2012.
  5. ^ "Roughriders let go of three coaches". CTV News. December 5, 2012.
  6. ^ "Esks announce 2013 coaching staff". Edmonton Elks. February 11, 2013.
  7. ^ "Kavis Reed fired as head coach of Edmonton Eskimos". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. November 3, 2013.
  8. ^ "Esks coaching staff announced". Edmonton Elks. January 28, 2014.
  9. ^ "Higgins names Alouettes 2014 coaching staff". Edmonton Elks. March 6, 2014.
  10. ^ "Arkansas college football team shaves heads in solidarity with coach battling cancer". Fox News. August 29, 2019.
  11. ^ "Argos announce 2022 coaching staff". Toronto Argonauts. January 19, 2022.

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