Stamps QB coach back

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:11 AM ET

Bill Diedrick's current job has plenty of perks. A rising quarterback, demonstrative receivers, friendly co-workers and now a long-term commitment by the organization.

How could the Calgary Stampeders quarterbacks/receivers coach consider going anywhere else? The veteran football coach has signed a multi-year extension to continue working with head coach Tom Higgins, offensive co-ordinator Steve Buratto and all-star pivot Henry Burris.

"I enjoy coaching wherever I'm at but when you take all things into consideration, the quality of life, the people you work with, it's really exciting to stay," said Diedrick, who is at a coaching conference in Dallas.

"You work long hours and when you hit a sweet spot, why would you leave? There may be other opportunities that may pay a little more but why would you leave a sweet spot?

"It's taken me 35 years to find it. As you get older and more experienced, you look for other things in a job. There's really not a negative that I can come up with."

Diedrick came to the Stamps on a one-year deal after being fired from the Notre Dame Fighting Irish under an overhaul, so the CFL team didn't pay him because he was still collecting a paycheque from the university.

Higgins credits Diedrick's experience in handling players for a stretch run where the Stamps won seven of their last eight regular-season games, including going 2-1 with backups behind centre.

"It was a great growth process that occurred for all of them, players and coach," Higgins said. "They learned to trust one another. They learned that feedback would be received both ways. It was a good match. It gave us an opportunity to be very good at the end of the season."


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