The B.C. Lions' first game of the season isn't until July 4, but already changes were being made on Monday.
After 12 seasons in the CFL, defensive back Barron Miles made the transition from player to coach, announcing his retirement to join the Leos in a different role.
"As one of the finest defensive backs to ever play in this league, Barron's career speaks for itself and I look forward to adding his leadership to our staff," said Lions GM and coach Wally Buono in a press release.
Miles, who spent five years as a Lion, finished with six CFL all-star honours and is the league's all-time leader in blocked kicks with 13.
He also won the Grey Cup with B.C. in 2006.
The Lions also made other changes to the coaching staff on Monday, naming Jacques Chapdelaine as the offensive coordinator and Travis Moore as the receiver coach.
Elsewhere, the CFL regular season schedule was released yesterday. B.C. will play seven of their nine home games on weekends, starting with the home opener at Empire Field on Saturday July 10 against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Playing at an outdoor stadium for the 2010 season, the schedule also incorporates three afternoon games, including a pre-season showdown against the Edmonton Eskimos.
Other games of note includes a visit from the Grey Cup champion Montreal Alouettes on July 16, and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on September 18.
The Lions kick off their pre-season on June 13 in Saskatchewan.