Special Teams Coordinator & Running Backs Coach
Acquired: Named Offensive Coordinator on December 12, 2006...Named Special Teams Coordinator and Running Backs Coach on February 6, 2009.
Steve Buratto, in his second season with the Argonauts, brings with him more than 26 years of CFL coaching experience, but this will be just the second time in his career, and the first time since 1994, that he has coached an East Division team. He is a two-time Grey Cup Champion (Baltimore - 1995, B.C. – 2000). Buratto was responsible for the emergence of 2004 CFL Most Outstanding Player Casey Printers and over the last two seasons as the Offensive Coordinator in Calgary, his offence has finished among the league leaders in total offence, rushing yards and most first downs.
Buratto’s pro-career started in Saskatchewan in 1980, moving to B.C. in 1983, where his team lost to the Argonauts in the Grey Cup final. He was named Head Coach of the Calgary Stampeders in 1984, returning to B.C. in 1986 for a one-year term as their Co-Offensive Coordinator/Defensive Coordinator. He retuned to Saskatchewan in 1993 as the Offensive Line Coach and then helped build one of the greatest offences in league history as Offensive Coordinator of the Baltimore Stallions in 1994 and 1995, making back-to-back Grey Cup appearances. In 2000, he was named the B.C. Lions’ Head Coach mid-way through the season and led Damon Allen and his offence to the club’s fifth Grey Cup championship. Buratto became the Lions’ Offensive Coordinator in 2003 and helped guide his team to the Grey Cup in Ottawa in 2004.
Steve is married to Judy and has three children from a previous marriage; his son Steve Jr. is a professor of chemistry at the University of California, Santa Barbara, daughter Dina is a graphic design artist and his oldest daughter Jill owns her own business. Steve holds a Bachelor of Education degree, with a major in foreign language, and also has a Masters degree in Physical Education from the University of Idaho. As the starting centre for the Idaho football squad, he teamed with CFL legends Jerry ‘Soupy’ Campbell and Don Matthews.