Thursday, February 18, 2010

Riders Finalize Coaching Staff -- At Least Most Of It

Saskatchewan Roughrider Head Coach and Vice-President of Football Operations Ken Miller announced today that all but one vacant position has been filled on his 2010 coaching staff as he has named; Doug Berry – Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator, Bob Dyce – Receivers Coach/Passing Game Coordinator and Jim Daley – Special Teams Coordinator.

Head Coach: Ken Miller
Assistant HC/Offensive Co-Ordinator: Doug Berry
Defensive Co-Ordinator: Gary Etcheverry
Receivers Coach/Pass Game Co-Ordinator: Bob Dyce
Special Teams Co-Ordinator: Jim Daley
Linebackers Coach/College Draft Coordinator:Alex Smith

Defensive Backs Coach: Nelson Martin

Defensive Line Coach: Mike Scheper

Offensive Assistant: Marcus Crandell

Ken Miller – Head Coach/Vice-President of Football Operations

Miller is heading into his third season as Rider head coach and recently was named the new Vice-President of Football Operations. This season will mark Miller’s ninth year in the CFL. After decades of coaching within college ranks in the United States, he joined the Toronto Argonauts in 2002 as the team’s quarterback coach. Miller joined the Green and White in 2007 as the team’s offensive coordinator.

Doug Berry – Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator

Berry brings a wealth of coaching experience to the Riders staff. He has coached in the CFL for almost a decade after spending seven seasons with Montreal and most recently two seasons as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach. Prior to making the switch to the CFL, Berry spent over 20 years coaching at the U.S. College level. The New Hampshire native did two years of active duty with the United States Army prior to graduating from the University of New Hampshire in 1973.

Gary Etcheverry – Defensive Coordinator

Etcheverry is heading into his second year as defensive coordinator with the Riders and third season back with the team after re-joining the Green and White in 2008 as a defensive assistant. He joined the CFL in 1997 as the defensive line coach for Toronto where he spent two seasons before being promoted to the team’s defensive coordinator. In 2000 he made his first stop in Saskatchewan as defensive coordinator prior to moving onto B.C. where he held the same position. In 2002 Etcheverry spent the season as Argonauts head coach and spent 2004 in Ottawa as the defensive coordinator. The California native spent over two decades coaching south of the border including spending time with the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams.

Bob Dyce – Receivers Coach/Passing Game Coordinator

Dyce joins the Riders after spending the last seven seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He spent six of those seasons as their receivers coach after originally joining the team in 2003 as their running backs/special teams coach. Before entering the CFL coaching ranks, Dyce spent seven seasons as the receivers coach with the University of Manitoba Bisons where he played his college football as a receiver.

Jim Daley – Special Teams Coordinator

Daley re-joins the Riders as he spent five seasons with the team in the 1990s. At the CFL level Daley has served as a positional coach, coordinator and head coach and brings over 30 years of coaching experience with him. Last season Daley served as the defensive coordinator/defensive line coach for the Edmonton Eskimos. Prior to that, the Ottawa native was with the CFL Head Office as the senior advisor of football operations and officiating, while taking a hiatus from coaching. Daley originally joined the CFL in 1991 with the Ottawa Rough Riders and went on to spend time with the Calgary Stampeders and Winnipeg Blue Bombers in addition to his time spent with the Riders and Eskimos.

Alex Smith – Linebackers Coach/College Draft Coordinator

Smith is entering his 14th season with the Riders. His key focus will continue to be working with the team’s linebackers as well as being an instrumental part of coordinating the Riders CFL College Draft team. The Regina native joined the Rider staff back in 1997 after spending five seasons with the Regina Rams. Smith also spent more than two decades coaching high school football in the city.

Nelson Martin – Defensive Backs Coach

Martin returns for a second season as the defensive backs coach for the Green and White. The Toronto native was a first round pick of the B.C. Lions in the 1981 CFL Canadian College Draft and went onto a stellar CFL career. Martin made the transition to coaching in 2003 when he worked alongside current Rider defensive coordinator Gary Etcheverry in Ottawa.

Mike Scheper – Defensive Line Coach

Scheper returns to the Riders for a second season as the team’s defensive line coach. The Southern California native spent time coaching at the high school, junior college and Division 1-A college level prior to making the jump to the CFL for the 2009 season.

Marcus Crandell – Offensive Assistant

Crandell is entering his second season as an offensive assistant with the Green and White. He spent the last 11 seasons as a quarterback in the CFL including four with the Green and White from 2005-2008. Crandell entered the CFL in 1997 with the Edmonton Eskimos where he spent three seasons before signing with the Calgary Stampeders in 2001. During his four year stop in Calgary, Crandell claimed his first Grey Cup and was named the Grey Cup MVP in 2001.


Anonymous said...

With Daley and Berry, is it safe to say we have the most experienced staff in the CFL? I can't think of another that has three head coaches at one point or another on the team.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure about Daley, but I applaud the Berry hiring. He's worked with A-C, so I'm sure he can help Durant.


Anonymous said...

Actually four head coaches. Etch had a stint as a HC too.

Anonymous said...

Any Idea who will be looking after the offensive line?