The Saskatchewan Roughriders have finalized their coaching staff with the addition of Mike Walker as defensive line coach. The club also announced that Gary Etcheverry will return as a defensive assistant coach.
Walker brings over 25 years of playing and coaching experience to the Riders. He spent last season as the defensive line coach for the Edmonton Eskimos. He was a defensive consultant with the Toronto Argonauts in 2007 and 2008 and spent 11 seasons coaching the defensive line at Washington State prior to that.
Walker was a three-time CFL all-star during his playing career with Hamilton and Edmonton. He played in four Grey Cup championships, once with Edmonton and three times with Hamilton, winning once in 1986. He ended his 10-year playing career with 95.5 quarterback sacks.
Etcheverry returns for his fourth consecutive season taking on the defensive assistant role he assumed with the team in 2008. Over the past 25 years, Etcheverry has coached in the CFL, Canadian Junior, CIS, NFL, NFL Europe and NCAA systems.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today they have signed non-import offensive lineman Alexandre Gauthier to a contract. Terms were not disclosed.
Gauthier is entering his tenth CFL season. He was originally drafted first overall in the 2002 CFL Canadian Draft by the Ottawa Renegades. He dressed in 16 regular season games in his three seasons with Ottawa, before joining the Calgary Stampeders where he played in 34 games over two seasons.
In 2007, he joined Winnipeg where he started in all 36 regular season games in his two seasons with the Bombers and was named an East Division all-star in 2007. Gauthier has spent the past two seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats where he started all 36 regular season games at left tackle.