The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today are pleased to announce the appointment of long-time CFL coach Richie Hall as the club’s Defensive Coordinator.
Hall comes to Winnipeg after holding the same position with the Saskatchewan Roughriders for the past four seasons. He has more than twenty years of CFL coaching experience, including 12 as a Defensive Coordinator, and two as a Head Coach.
“Richie Hall has been around our game for almost three decades,” said Head Coach Mike O’Shea. “He knows the league, he understands opposition offences, and how to adjust when needed. He’s highly respected, and brings another winning element to our organization. Acquiring him to lead our defence is major coup for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.”
A three-time Grey Cup Champion (two as a Defensive Coordinator), Hall has a reputation of fielding one of the league’s top defences season after season. He coached the league’s number one ranked defence in 2013, posting a league low 398 points allowed, while leading the league with 24 interceptions, and the lowest touchdowns allowed total with 36. All of this culminated in the Riders winning the 101 Grey Cup in dominating fashion.
“This is an amazing opportunity for me as a coach and as a person,” said Hall. “For years, I have been in this league and watched from afar the passion the city and province have for the Blue Bombers. They really deserve to have a winning football team and all of us on the defensive side of the ball will do everything we can to make that happen.”
Before his extensive coaching career began, Hall spent nine years as a defensive back in the CFL with Calgary and Saskatchewan. While with the Riders, he was a key member in the club winning the 1989 Grey Cup. He was also named a division all-star four times.