Football Ops. & Personnel
NEIL MCEVOY- CO-GM, DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL OPERATIONS
The 2021 season marks Neil’s 26th year as a member of the BC Lions sixth year as the club’s director of football operations and first as Co-General Manager. A native of Surrey, he handles many of the day-to-day activities of the football operations department including player contracts, training camp, travel logistics and scouting preparation.
Neil also plays a key role in the evaluation of Canadian talent for the CFL Draft alongside Rob Ralph and Geroy Simon while also working with GM Ed Hervey and the club’s personnel staff.
Neil joined the BC Lions in 1995 in the ticket sales department. He subsequently moved on to media relations in 1997 before becoming the player personnel coordinator two years later.
Neil graduated from Kwantlen University College and played with the Surrey Rams before joining the Lions. He has two sons, Logan and Spencer and lives in Surrey with his partner Keri. He spends numerous hours as a coach in minor football and lacrosse. Away from the field, he is an avid reader and podcast listener.
RYAN RIGMAIDEN- DIRECTOR, US SCOUTING
Ryan returns to the Lions as Director of U.S. Scouting after serving in the role from 2013-17, during which he recruited and signed many of the squad’s key American players. He spent the last three years as Director of College Scouting with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers where he won a Grey Cup ring in 2019.The Spokane, Washington native began his football career as a contributor for Scout.com from 2002 to 2005. Establishing a network of contacts throughout the NFL, AFL and NCAA, Ryan was named the director of player personnel for the Arena Football League’s Spokane Shock in 2006 and then added the GM title in 2010.
Ryan’s keen eye for talented players resulted in an 88-31 record for the Shock during his time there including three league championship appearances and two titles in 2009 and 2010.
Ryan makes his home in North Carolina and in addition to attending numerous collegiate pro-days and NFL preseason games also coordinates the efforts of regional scouts.
ROB RALPH- DIRECTOR, CANADIAN SCOUTING/CFL DRAFT COORDINATOR
2021 marks Rob’s third year with the BC Lions and second as the top Canadian scout in charge of evaluating talent for the CFL Draft.
Prior to joining the Lions in 2019 as a regional scout, Rob spent 20 seasons with the Edmonton Football Team where he began as video coordinator and was promoted to offensive assistant under head coach Danny Macocia for the 2008 season.
A keen eye for talent, Rob joined Edmonton’s Canadian scouting department in 2012 and was promoted to director of Canadian scouting in 2016, a role he held for three seasons.
Rob graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1998. He is also a graduate of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) Radio and Television program.
He and his wife Joanne have two sons, Charlie and Andrew. The family resides in London, Ontario.
GEROY SIMON- DIRECTOR, GLOBAL SCOUTING/US REGIONAL SCOUT
This is Geroy’s sixth season as a member of the Lions’ football operations staff after an incredible and historic 15-year CFL playing career. In addition to his primary role of evaluating international players eligible for the Global Draft, Geroy’s duties also include scouting current players in the CFL to help the club identify key free agent candidates. Given his remarkable BC Lions career, he also serves as a mentor to current players and is a valued ambassador for the club.
The Johnstown, Pennsylvania native spent 12 incredible seasons as a Lion establishing franchise marks for receptions (904), receiving yards (14,756) and touchdowns (93). A six-time CFL All-Star and seven-time West Division All-Star, Geroy was the league’s Most Outstanding Player in 2006 after posting career-highs in both receptions (105) and yards (1,856).
A two-time Grey Cup champion with the Lions, Geroy wrapped-up his time with the club in 2012 and played one season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders collecting another CFL championship in 2013. After a year spent in the Saskatchewan front office, Geroy rejoined the Lions in February 2015.
In total, the University of Maryland grad played 237 regular season games for Winnipeg, BC and Saskatchewan recording 1,029 receptions for an all-time CFL mark of 16,352 yards to go along with 103 touchdowns. His amazing career also included 18 playoff games and four trips to the Grey Cup. Geroy was inducted into both the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and the BC Sports Hall of Fame in 2017.
Geroy and his children live in Cloverdale, BC. His eldest son, Gervon is a graduate of the US Military Academy and also played football for the Army Black Knights.