The Calgary Stampeders won’t be losing two top assistants this off-season to head-coaching jobs elsewhere.
The team announced Thursday morning that quarterbacks coach Dave Dickenson has been promoted to offensive co-ordinator and Chris Jones will retain his role as defensive co-ordinator and assistant director player personnel/football operations.
“We have a number of coaches who are respected around the Canadian Football League and I’m glad to have Chris and Dave back with our coaching staff next season,” said Stamps GM-head coach John Hufnagel. “They both did an excellent job in 2010 and we’re all looking forward to 2011.”
Both Dickenson and Jones interviewed for the vacant head-coaching job in Edmonton that is now reported to be going to Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive co-ordinator Kavis Reed.
Running backs coach Rick Campbell, who also interviewed, is rumoured to be headed to the Eskimos as special-teams co-ordinator.
Dickenson’s name was widely discussed as being a candidate for OC jobs around the CFL but he basically did the job in Calgary last season when the Stamps had the league’s top offence.
The former star quarterback designed the plays and called them during games, as the only thing missing from his job was the title.
Dickenson, whose wife is from Calgary, has two young children and obviously didn’t want to uproot them after three years spent back with the Stamps, the last two as an assistant coach.
“I’m excited for this opportunity,” said Dickenson. “This is the ideal situation for me and my family and I’m pleased that I’m able to progress in my coaching career while learning from a head coach and general manager like John Hufnagel.
“We have a great group of players and coaches here in Calgary and I’m looking forward to improving on last season and being even better in 2011.”
Jones put together the league’s top defence this season in his third as the team’s co-ordinator on that side of the ball. He was also thought to be a candidate for the vacant head-coaching job with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, but he opted to take his name out of the running.
“It was an honour to be considered for a head-coaching position in this league, but I’m excited to be back with the Stamps,” said Jones. “We have a good group of players and coaches here and we have some unfinished business we hope to take care of next season.”