Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Doug Berry announced today four additions to his coaching staff for the 2006 season. The additions include two familiar faces and a pair of newcomers.
Mike Gibson returns as the offensive line coach and offensive coordinator while Bob Dyce resumes his duties as receivers coach and Canadian College Draft cordinator. Meanwhile, Gregg Butler joins the Bombers as their new defensive backs coach while Cory McDiarmid will coach the teamâ€™s running backs and special teams.
â€œI spent a lot of time evaluating each individualâ€™s traits because I feel that not only are the players a team, but we as a coaching staff are also a team,â€? Berry said.
â€œI want my staff to be educators and teachers and be strong in individual skills in order to teach the players at each of their respective positions. Itâ€™s very important to me that each coach has the respect of the players they coach, an unqualified work ethic and understand we have one goal here and thatâ€™s to win.â€?
Butler worked previously with Berry as a member of the Montreal Alouettes coaching staff where he served as the Alsâ€™ defensive backs coach from 1999-2001. Under his tutelage, Montrealâ€™s DBs recorded 27 interceptions for 380 yards and five touchdowns in 1999. In 2000, four of Butlerâ€™s five starters were named to the CFLâ€™s East Division All-Star Team. Davis Sanchez and Barron Miles were selected to the CFL All-Star Team that year. More recently, Butler worked as the defensive coordinator of the Morgan State Bears. Butler had a solid career as a pro player prior to joining the coaching ranks including stints with Montreal, the Toronto Argonauts and the Los Angeles Rams.
Dyce is entering his fourth season as a member of the Blue Bombers coaching staff. He originally joined the team as its running backs and special teams coach in 2003. The Winnipeg product was employed as the Bombersâ€™ receivers coach and Canadian College Draft Coordinator the past two seasons. His guidance and experience helped mould the Bombers receiving corps into one of the most unheralded groups in the CFL this past season. Milt Stegall (52 catches, 1,184 yards and 17 TDs) was outstanding yet again while Keith Stokes (58 catches, 832 yards and three TDs) and Chris Brazzell (24 catches, 456 yards and four TDs in 10 games with the Bombers) both had solid seasons. As a player, Dyce played for the University of Manitoba Bisons and had two tryouts with the Bombers in 1988 and â€™89.
Gibson is entering his second season as an offensive coordinator and offensive line coach with the Blue Bombers. He was also a member of the teamâ€™s coaching staff in 2001, when it last appeared in the Grey Cup following a 14-4 season. Despite a myriad of changes to the Bombersâ€™ offensive personnel in 2005, only four teams managed to score more than the 474 points the Bombers did under Gibsonâ€™s tutelage. Winnipeg also had the top rusher in the league in Charles Roberts (1,624 yards on 290 carries). Meanwhile, the Bombers O-line gave up the third fewest quarterback sacks in the league (31) and Bombers QBs threw for the fourth most TDs (31). Gibson began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Western Maryland where he played his college football. Gibson has been involved in six major NCAA college programs over the past 25 years.
McDiarmid worked with Berry in Montreal last season where he handled the Alsâ€™ running backs and special teams. Montreal had one of the most dynamic running attacks in the CFL in 2005. Robert Edwards rushed for the third best rushing total in the league with 1,199 yards and eight TDs on 187 carries while Eric Lapointe had 423 yards and three TDs on 79 carries. Meanwhile, Montreal kicker David Duval led the league in scoring with 191 points. McDiarmid previously coached in the CFL with the Calgary Stampeders as defensive line and special teams coordinator (2003), the Toronto Argonauts as linebackers and defensive line coach (2002) and the B.C. Lions as special teams coordinator and running backs coach (2001) and linebackers coach (2000). He was also heavily involved in minor football in B.C. prior to moving on to the pro ranks.