QB Camp BIO: Adam Rita

Rita was born on Kauai, one of the islands of Hawaii and played collegiate football at Boise State. After completing his college football playing career, he joined his alma mater’s coaching staff. Rita spent 12 years coaching at Boise State University, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and the University of Hawaii.

He then joined the CFL in 1983 as an offensive coordinator with the B.C. Lions. In just two years at the helm of the Lions’ offense, the team won the Grey Cup. In 1991, Rita was named head coach of the Toronto Argonauts where he immediately led the team to a league-best record of 13-5 and the Grey Cup. In 2004, Rita was named general manager of the Argonauts, and in his first year on the job again led the Argonauts to the Grey Cup.

Rita lives in Mississauga, Ontario with wife Judy and has two sons, Kevin and Harrison, one granddaughter, Jennifer and one grandson, Seth.

Career history
As administrator
19972002 BC Lions (GM)
20042010 Toronto Argonauts (GM)
As coach
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; 2018-present Clarkson Secondary School (AC/OC)
2018–2019 Bergamo Lions (HC/OC)

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