Friday, February 16, 2018 — The Toronto Argonauts Football Club is saddened to learn of the passing of former head coach, general manager and ambassador Leo Cahill, who passed away Thursday, February 15, at the age of 89.
Leo Cahill was not only one of the most colourful coaches our game has seen, but he was also a tireless supporter of Canadian Football. Leo had a knack for identifying players, a talent for getting the best out of them on the field and a passion for promoting the game he loved. The Argos and Toronto fans will remain forever grateful for Leo’s lasting contributions to our organization and Canadian football as a whole. On behalf of the entire organization, past and present players and staff, and our fans, we extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to Leo’s friends and family.
Cahill served eight seasons as the Argos Head Coach over a 12-year span (1967-72 and 1977-78) and served as the club’s General Manager from 1986-88. He made two Grey Cup appearances, once in 1971 as the coach of the Argos and a second time in 1987 as the General Manager of the Double Blue. In 1971, he was named the Argos first Coach of the Year recipient.
In his time in Toronto, Cahill was credited with bringing in Argos greats such as Mel Profit, Jim Stillwagon, Jim Corrigall, Leon McQuay and Joe Theismann. Since 2004, he has served as a “Goodwill Ambassador” for the club. In 2013, he was inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame.