Marshall named new Riders coach


The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today they have named Greg Marshall as the club’s 28th head coach in modern history.

"We underwent an extensive interview process, but the name we kept coming back to was Greg Marshall," stated Riders Vice President of Football Operations Ken Miller. “Coach Marshall brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with him and has been successful as a coach and a player in this league. His familiarity with this team and this market will undoubtedly be an asset as we build towards the future.?

Prior to taking the helm of the Riders, Marshall spent the last two seasons in Hamilton where he held the positions of – assistant head coach, defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for the Tiger-Cats. During his time in Steeltown, Marshall built a solid defence that allowed players such as Markeith Knowlton and Jamall Johnson to develop into some of the CFL’s top defensive players.

"I am very thankful and excited to be the head coach of the Saskatchewan Roughriders," stated Marshall. “It is an honour to once again be a member of Rider Nation, this organization has a very bright future and I look forward to being a part of that.?

Marshall has served as the defensive coordinator for five CFL teams including three seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers where he also led the linebackers. Prior to his time with the Bombers, he spent the 2005 season with the Ottawa Renegades as the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach. Before moving east, Marshall spent five seasons in Edmonton where he served as the defensive coordinator and defensive line coach including during the team’s 2003 championship season.

In 1994, Marshall officially began his CFL coaching career and made his first stop in Saskatchewan when he accepted the role as the team’s defensive line coach. After two seasons, he added the title of defensive coordinator and remained with the Riders until 1999.

His first taste of CFL coaching came forth during the 1991-1993 seasons when he was a guest coach at training camp for the Toronto Argonauts (1991) and then the Ottawa Rough Riders (1992-93).

Marshall’s impressive coaching resume began with the American Football Alliance’s Ottawa Bootleggers where he served as head coach for two seasons which included leading the team to an undefeated record in 1990. Following this success, Marshall joined the Ottawa Sooners of the Ontario Junior Football Conference as their head coach. During his three year tenure the Sooners enjoyed an undefeated season culminating in a National Championship in 1992.

During his nine-year playing career in the CFL, Marshall was a highly regarded and feared defensive lineman for the Ottawa Rough Riders, who was named a four-time Eastern All-Star, two-time CFL All-Star and earned the title of the CFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 1983. The Oregon State product was originally drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the seventh round of the 1978 NFL Draft and played briefly with the Eagles and Baltimore Colts prior to heading north to the CFL.

Marshall and his wife Cindy have four children – Christine, Bryan, Caitlin and Kelsey.

I have to say I am surprised that Berry seemed to disappear as a candidate. Not surprising that Taman would hire Marshall though with Berry out of the running.

Just playing devil's advocate here for a second. . .

I wonder if it came down to a compromise choice. . .Miller wanting Richie Hall, Taman wanting Berry. . . so they agreed to hire Marshall.

I hope that isn't how they decided things, though. It would be a terrible way to approach football operations. "Okay, since we each prefer different candidates, let's hire the guy neither of us feels strongly about!" :smiley: :wink:

“There is no specific timetable but I want to make sure that I get the right people in place,? Marshall said. “You always have an idea and if I was the one making the decision, they would all be here. It’s up to the people you talk to to make those decisions. No matter who you talk to, they know the positives of this organization. I don’t think it will be difficult putting together a coaching staff.?

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From the above, and specifically the part in bold, it sounds a bit like Marshall is planning to bring in all his own guys.