On Wednesday, September 1st, the Edmonton Elks added 2 new faces to Jaime Elizondo’s coaching staff. Veteran coach Terry Eisler joins the staff as a special teams assistant, while former BC Lions and Ottawa Redblacks quarterback Will Arndt joins the staff as an offensive assistant.
Both coaches have finished the required quarantine process and joined the team today as they returned to the practice field following their covid outbreak last week.
Terry Eisler returns to Edmonton for his 4th stint with the club. He spent the 2007-2009 seasons with Edmonton as the team’s running backs coach and later returned in 2012 as a defensive and special teams assistant. He’d be promoted to the role of special teams coordinator in 2013.
Eisler was set to be a member of the Elks coaching staff in 2020 under former head coach Scott Milanovich but was a part of the staff restructuring that took place due to the cancellation of the 2020 season.
“First and foremost, Terry is a quality person with deep connections to Edmonton and our organization. His extensive special teams experience will be invaluable to us moving forward, working primarily on breakdowns and film prep”, said head coach Jaime Elizondo
Between the CFL and U Sports, Eisler brings more than 25 years of coaching experience to the Elks staff, including 22 years with the University of Alberta Golden Bears, 5 seasons with Edmonton, and 2 seasons with Saskatchewan.
Will Arndt is getting his first shot at coaching with Edmonton and most recently spent time with the BC Lions at quarterback. He participated in Lions training camp this year but did not make the final roster. Before signing with BC, Arndt had spent time with the Ottawa Reblacks for the 2018 and 2019 CFL seasons. He finished his CFL career having completed 103/165 passes (62.42% comp) for 940 yards and 3 touchdowns.
“Will brings a level of familiarity with our offensive system from his playing time in Ottawa that will benefit our group right away,” Said head coach Jaime Elizondo, who coached Arndt in 2018 and 2019. “We’re excited to add will to the mix to help our offense, specifically working with our quarterbacks.”