The CFL Season is set to go down on June 9th and while preparations are under way for all CFL teams, the Saskatchewan Roughriders have made some additions to their team as well as settled on a coaching staff…all this having gone down in recent weeks.
They of course didn’t have a terrible 2021 season as you all may remember dear readers. They finished in second place in the West Division. They even defeated the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (who went on to win the Grey Cup) in the division semi-finals by 33 to 30, but succumbed to the Bombers’ momentum they had picked up all season long. Quite the season the Bombers had.
Still, a little house cleaning seemed to be in order…starting with the coaching staff. While most of the coaching staff was announced back in January, a key addition was made. According to a piece at The Post, Richard Kent was hired back in January as the defensive coordinator for the Leipzig Kings of the ELF so this move was a necessary one, rendering the position open for the new arrival.
Here is the Saskatchewan Roughriders Complete List of Coaching Staff as per riderville.com:
Saskatchewan Roughriders Coaching Staff
|Head Coach||Craig Dickenson|
|Offensive Coordinator||Jason Maas|
|Defensive Coordinator||Jason Shivers|
|Special Teams Coordinator||Kent Maugeri|
|Offensive Line and Run Game Coordinator||Stephen Sorrells|
|Defensive Line||Ben Olson|
|Running Backs||Kelly Jeffrey|
|Defensive Backs||Marcus Klund|
The head coach position is still held by Craig Dickenson. He of course has been with the team since 2019 in the HC capacity. He was STC before that point dating back to the 2016 season. He is a two-time grey cup champion…once in 2008 with the Calgary Stampeders and once in 2015 with the Edmonton Elks (then Eskimos).
*For a look back to when Dickenson was signed as head coach, or rather when it was announced, play the video below…
The key addition to the coaching staff comes with Marcus Klund. Klund coached both high school and at the college level and has a total of 15 years experience overall. The last nine years he spent with Southwest Baptist University out of the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
He has held a variety of positions throughout his career including: assistant head coach and defensive co-coordinator; he also coached the linebackers, defensive backs and the defensive linemen.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders sign Kosi Onyeka and David Kenney
Kosi Onyeka …
He has been signed with the Roughriders specifically as an as an undrafted free agent. It was with the Guelph Gryphons that he played 3 seasons—collegiate level—and of note, he has a career high from that time of 64 career defensive tackles. Interestingly enough, he is the cousin of current Roughrider Godfrey Onyeka.
Kenney was released from the Buccaneers (NFL) on August 30th of 2019; his status was: undrafted free agent. It was later during that same year that he signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Before the NFL he played with Illinois State and Indiana.
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