Scott Milanovich

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Scott Milanovich
Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Position:Offensive coordinator
Personal information
Born: (1973-01-25) January 25, 1973 (age 50)
Butler, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Career information
High school:Butler Senior
(Butler, Pennsylvania)
Expansion draft:1999 / Round: 29 / Pick: 29
Career history
As a player:
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Comp. / Att.:2 / 3
Passing yards:9
Passer rating:70.1
Career Arena statistics
Comp. / Att.:101 / 181
Passing yards:1,223
Passer rating:97.92
Rushing TD:0
Head coaching record
Regular season:CFL: 43–47 (.478)
Postseason:CFL: 3–2 (.600)
Career:CFL: 46–49 (.484)
Player stats at · PFR ·

Scott Stewart Milanovich (born January 25, 1973) is an American football coach who is currently serving as a senior assistant coach for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He was the head coach of the Toronto Argonauts and Edmonton Football Team of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Milanovich has also held positional coaching roles in the NFL Europe and the NFL.

Milanovich's playing career lasted from 1996 to 2003 as a quarterback in the NFL for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in NFL Europe for the Berlin Thunder, in the XFL for the Los Angeles Xtreme, in the Arena Football League for the Tampa Bay Storm, and in the CFL for the Calgary Stampeders. Milanovich played college football at Maryland.

Early life[edit]

Milanovich played high school football at Butler Senior High School in Butler, Pennsylvania.[1]

Playing career[edit]


Milanovich attended the University of Maryland, where he played college football as a quarterback and punter. Milanovich played as a true freshman, backing up John Kaleo and recording 1 touchdown and 1 interception across 11 games. Milanovich started to begin his sophomore year, where he recorded 26 touchdowns and 18 interceptions, in addition to three rushing touchdowns. He also led the ACC that season in passing attempts, completions, yards, and interceptions. As a junior, Milanovich recorded 20 touchdowns to 9 interceptions, leading the NCAA that season in completion percentage (68.8), leading the ACC again in completions and for the first time in touchdowns. Prior to the 1995 season, Milanovich and four other Maryland players received suspensions for betting on college football and basketball games. Milanovich received an eight-game suspension (later reduced to four[2]) during his senior year for having bet between $25 and $50 on a total of six games. The bets had no impact on the outcome of the games. Milanovich struggled upon his return, throwing for two touchdowns and seven interceptions, though his senior season was the only one in which Maryland had a winning record. Despite his senior struggles, Milanovich still holds several career passing records for Maryland, including attempts, completions, yards, completion percentage, and touchdowns (he is tied with Dick Shiner for career interceptions).

Milanovich was named the MVP for the Blue squad in the Blue-Gray Classic, and completed 9 of 20 pass attempts for 175 yards and two touchdowns.[3]

College statistics[edit]

Season GP Passing
Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rtg
1992 11 17 30 56.7 232 7.7 6.9 1 1 126.0
1993 11 279 431 64.7 3,499 8.1 7.4 26 18 144.5
1994 11 229 333 68.8 2,394 7.2 7.2 20 9 143.6
1995 7 125 188 66.5 1,176 6.3 4.8 2 7 115.1
Career 40 650 982 66.2 7,301 7.4 6.8 49 35 138.0

National Football League[edit]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

After going undrafted in the 1996 NFL Draft, Milanovich signed as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. During his rookie campaign, he was designated as the team's third quarterback for 15 games, seeing action in one contest. In that game he completed two of three passes for nine yards.[4] In 1997, he was declared inactive before all 16 regular season games and both playoff contests.

After being left unprotected by the Buccaneers in the 1999 NFL expansion draft, Milanovich was the only quarterback selected by the Cleveland Browns, but he never played for the team.[5]


Los Angeles Xtreme[edit]

Milanovich was expected to be the starting quarterback for the XFL's Los Angeles Xtreme but lost the job to Tommy Maddox. Milanovich saw limited action as the Xtreme's second-string quarterback, behind Maddox. The Xtreme won the league's championship game, the Million Dollar Game in the original XFL's sole season.

Coaching career[edit]

Rhein Fire[edit]

Milanovich began his coaching career as the quarterbacks coach for the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe in the spring of 2003.

Calgary Stampeders[edit]

In 2003, Milanovich joined the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League where he was their quarterbacks coach.

Mansfield University[edit]

Between the 2004 and 2005 seasons, Milanovich was the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator for the now defunct Mansfield University Mountaineers football team.[6]

Rhein Fire (second stint)[edit]

In 2004, he returned to the Rhein Fire where he served another season as quarterbacks coach. He was elevated to the position of offensive coordinator in 2005.

Cologne Centurions[edit]

In 2006, Milanovich was the offensive coordinator for the Cologne Centurions.

Montreal Alouettes[edit]

Milanovich returned to the CFL in February 2007 when he was named quarterbacks coach of the Montreal Alouettes. A year later he was promoted to offensive coordinator. In 2009, he added the title of assistant head coach.

Toronto Argonauts[edit]

On December 1, 2011, Milanovich was named the 42nd head coach of the Toronto Argonauts.[7] His Argonauts won the Grey Cup in his first season at the helm. Following a 9–9 regular season in 2012, Milanovich led the Toronto Argonauts to a 35–22 Grey Cup victory in his debut season as a head coach, and was named the 2012 CFL Coach of the Year.[8]

Milanovich's second season as Argonauts head coach was a successful one. The team battled plenty of injuries yet still managed to finish first place in the Eastern Division with an 11–7 record, their first division championship since the 2007 season. The Argonauts would eventually lose in the Eastern Final playoff game to Hamilton.

Due to uncertainty over his future with the Argonauts, Milanovich resigned as the team's head coach.

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

On January 26, 2017, Milanovich was hired by the Jacksonville Jaguars as their quarterbacks coach under head coach Doug Marrone.[9] In November 2018, with the Jaguars offense struggling, offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett was fired and Milanovich assumed play-calling duties.[10] Following the 2018 season, Milanovich then relinquished offensive coordinator duties to the recently hired John DeFilippo.

Edmonton Eskimos/Football Team[edit]

On December 12, 2019, Milanovich was named the 22nd head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos.[11] He remained the Jaguars' quarterbacks coach until the end of the 2019 season.[12] He named his coaching staff on January 21, 2020, but the 2020 CFL season was eventually cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[13][14] On January 25, 2021, Milanovich resigned as head coach in order to pursue NFL opportunities.[15]

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

On January 27, 2021, Milanovich was hired by the Indianapolis Colts as their quarterbacks coach under head coach Frank Reich, replacing Marcus Brady, who was promoted to offensive coordinator.[16]

Hamilton Tiger-Cats[edit]

On May 11, 2023, the Hamilton Tigers announced that Milanovich had joined the organization as a senior assistant coach.[17]

Head coaching record[edit]


Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Result
TOR 2012 9 9 0 .500 2nd in East Division 3 0 Won 100th Grey Cup
TOR 2013 11 7 0 .611 1st in East Division 0 1 Lost in East Final
TOR 2014 8 10 0 .444 4th in East Division - - Failed to Qualify
TOR 2015 10 8 0 .556 3rd in East Division 0 1 Lost in East Semi-Final
TOR 2016 5 13 0 .278 4th in East Division - - Failed to Qualify
Total 43 47 0 .478 1 Division
3 2 1 Grey Cup

Legal troubles[edit]

Following his time in Tampa Bay he was charged with driving under the influence for an incident on April 11, 1998. He was pulled over by police in Pinellas Park, Florida, and found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.135.[18] He pleaded no contest and received a $550 fine, probation, 50 hours of community service and six-month driver's license suspension. He was able to pay the Salvation Army in order to avoid the community service requirement.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Scott Milanovich Past Stats, Statistics, History, and Awards - Archived November 22, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Milanovich has suspension reduced, The Moscow-Pullman Daily News, July 19, 1995.
  3. ^ Milanovich and others seized chance at showcase, The St. Petersburg Times, December 26, 1995.
  4. ^ "Scott Milanovich NFL Football Statistics". Retrieved December 6, 2011.
  5. ^ Labbe, Dan (June 21, 2017). "1999 NFL expansion draft: Look back at the Cleveland Browns' re-entry into the league". Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Argonauts name Scott Milanovich Head Coach | | Official Site of the Canadian Football League". Archived from the original on June 11, 2015. Retrieved September 3, 2017. Argonauts name Scott Milanovich Head Coach
  8. ^ 2012 Coach of the Year
  9. ^ "Scott Milanovich named quarterbacks coach". Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  10. ^ Johnson, Jay (November 26, 2018). "Jags name QB coach Scott Milanovich new offensive play-caller". USA Today. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  11. ^ "Eskimos Hire Scott Milanovich as 22nd Head Coach". December 12, 2019. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  12. ^ Oehser, John (December 12, 2019). "Thursday update: Milanovich to CFL". Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  13. ^ "Eskimos finalize 2020 coaching staff". January 21, 2020. Retrieved January 25, 2021.
  14. ^ "CFL cancels 2020 season, 'committed' to 2021". Canadian Press. August 17, 2020. Retrieved January 25, 2021.
  15. ^ "Milanovich resigns as Edmonton's head coach". January 25, 2021. Retrieved January 25, 2021.
  16. ^ Erickson, Joel A. "Colts hiring Scott Milanovich as quarterbacks coach". The Indianapolis Star. Retrieved January 27, 2021.
  17. ^ "Hamilton Tiger-Cats". Retrieved May 11, 2023.
  18. ^ Sentinel, Orlando (April 12, 1998). "BUCS' QB MILANOVICH IS CHARGED WITH DUI". Retrieved December 13, 2019.

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