Matthews was the Alouettes’ head coach from 2002 to 2006, recording 58 regular season wins and 28 losses, five playoffs wins and two losses as well as four East Division titles.
He led the team to three Grey Cup games, winning the championship in 2002 and bringing back the historic trophy to Montreal for the first time in 25 years.
He was also named the 2002 CFL Coach of the Year. “The Don” is currently second in CFL history with 231 career wins, having also coached the BC Lions (1983-1987), Toronto Argonauts (1990, 1996-1998, 2008), Saskatchewan Roughriders (1991-1993), Baltimore Stallions (1994-1995) and Edmonton Eskimos (1999-2000). He holds the CFL record with nine Grey Cup appearances and is tied for first with five wins.
He also won five consecutive Grey Cups between 1978 and 1982 as the Eskimos’ defensive coordinator. He is the only coach to win the Grey Cup in four different decades.
He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2011.