Staffers sticking around

SCOTT FISHER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:55 AM ET

The Four Horsemen are back.

The Calgary Stampeders yesterday announced four coaches will be retained by new GM/head coach John Hufnagel.

In addition to offensive co-ordinator George Cortez, special teams coach Craig Dickenson will be back in the fold as will offensive line coach Kris Sweet and quality control/strength and conditioning coach Mark Kilam.

The Stamps released receivers coach Chuck McMann.

The status of Tim Burke, who finished the season as the defensive co-ordinator after Denny Creehan was fired two-thirds of the way through the schedule, and defensive line coach Casey Creehan will be determined after Hufnagel chooses a new defensive co-ordinator.

Dickenson joined the Red & White in 2002 as a receivers coach before joining the Montreal Alouettes as their running backs coach.

He returned to the Stampede City in 2004 to guide the club's receivers and running backs before signing on as special teams coach the following season.

Hufnagel said he was impressed with Dickenson's body of work.

"Craig is very qualified," Hufnagel said. "He's very specific in his coaching techniques, and he comes highly recommended by a number of people."

Sweet joined the Stamps in 2006 after stints at Kentucky State, Columbia University and Presbyterian College.

"Kris is driven to make players better," Hufnagel said. "He has been in the system for a year, and George is very comfortable working with him.

"He's the type of coach I wanted to get, and he ended up being right next door."

Kilam came to the Stamps two years ago and added linebacker coaching duties to his docket last season.

His exact role for the 2008 campaign will be decided by the yet-to-be-named defensive co-ordinator.

"Mark brings a lot of energy to the staff," Hufnagel said. "He's a young, eager guy who has several good qualities, as far as being a strength and conditioning coach and wanting to climb the coaching ladder."


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