Stamps staff adds quality

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:36 AM ET

The Red and White has added a touch of Brown for the 2005 CFL season with the hiring of St. Francis high school's Gino DiVincentis as quality control coach.

DiVincentis, 38, spent the last 14 years coaching the Browns, helping maintain the program's status as one of most successful in Canada.

His broad-based quality control title will constitute a variety of assignments with the Stampeders.

"The role involves helping get ready for the draft which is coming up and it involves game preparations," explained DiVincentis, who will continue teaching religious studies at St. Francis despite stepping down as coach.

"I'll be self-scouting our offence for tendencies and things like that, along with on-field instruction and helping out Craig Dickenson with special teams.

"It's game preparation, on-field and off-field duties, scouting our offence.

"Depending on where the needs are, that's the way it will fall."

As the Browns' head coach the past two seasons after 12 years as defensive co-ordinator, DiVincentis helped lead the school to city and provincial championships capping two undefeated campaigns.

DiVincentis' addition to the Stampeders evolved through his friendship with GM of player personnel Jim Barker, who made inroads within the local high school football community as Stampeders head coach in 2003.

He also worked with Barker and Stamps consultant Stan Schwartz at the local Jim Barker School of Football.

DiVincentis is anxious to get started with the Stampeders staff, led by head coach Tom Higgins, that has evolved into one of the most experienced groups in the CFL.

"It's a tremendous opportunity," DiVincentis said.

"The biggest thing is the coaches aren't just great coaches but great people. That's even more important.

"This is a great opportunity to learn the game at the pro level and contribute at the pro level as opposed to where I've been the last number of years.

"I'm very grateful for the opportunity."

DiVincentis' replacement with the Browns has yet to be named.

EXTRA POINTS: Former Stampeders starting QB Marcus Crandell (2001-04) has signed as a free agent with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The 'Riders also announced QB Nealon Greene, LB Reggie Hunt, RB Kenton Keith and OL Gene Makowsky have all re-signed with the team. Crandell, 30, was also named Grey Cup MVP after leading the Stamps to the championship in 2001 ... The B.C. Lions signed G Sherko Haji-Rasouli and long snapper Bill Chamberlain. Haji-Rasouli played 13 games for the Montreal Alouettes last season. Chamberlain rejoined the Lions after spending a season with the Stampeders.


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