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TORONTO - The Toronto Argonauts Football Club is pleased to welcome 100th Grey Cup MVP Chad Kackert to the team's coaching staff as its new Strength & Conditioning Coach. With the appointment, the Argonauts also announced that Kackert has retired.

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Commented Argonauts Head Coach Scott Milanovich, "I would like to thank Chad for his hard work and professionalism while serving our football team as a player. When it was clear to both us and Chad that his leg injury would prevent him from competing at a high level we began to discuss his desire to remain close to the game. We're excited that he will join our staff as Strength & Conditioning Coach, and we believe his experience will be valuable to our players in helping them prepare themselves physically each week."

Kackert first joined the Argonauts in 2011 and, by season's end, earned the team's Outstanding Rookie award. He followed up his terrific rookie season by earning MVP honours in the team's historic 100th Grey Cup victory. He was virtually unstoppable in the game carrying the ball 20 times for 133 yards and catching 8 passes for 62 yards. His career totals include 228 carries for 1,467 yards with 12 touchdowns, along with 50 catches for 454 yards and 2 touchdowns over three seasons. In all, he dressed in 24 regular season games, two playoff games and one Grey Cup game for Toronto.

Commented Chad Kackert, "It remains my primary goal to do my part in helping to get Toronto back to the Grey Cup. Because I've suffered a serious injury, my part will not be played directly on the field but as a Strength & Conditioning Coach. I want to thank General Manager Jim Barker and Head Coach Scott Milanovich for the opportunity to contribute to the success of this team in a position that I'm passionate about."

The California native played four years at New Hampshire and was named Second-Team All-Conference as a senior. Following college, he attended training camp with the NFL's Jackson Jaguars and also spent time with the Calgary Stampeders.


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