Stamps hire new running backs coach

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:01 PM ET

John Hufnagel wasted little time in filling the vacant role on his coaching staff, but he has found an experienced man for the job.

Mike Gibson was announced as the Calgary Stampeders new running backs coach Friday, replacing Rick Campbell, who joined the Edmonton Eskimos staff this week as special-team co-ordinator.

Gibson has coached in the CFL for seven seasons and he recently resigned from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, where he was offensive co-ordinator/running backs. He hoped to find a job in Western Canada because he is engaged to a Calgary woman and wanted to be closer to her.

So this is a perfect fit for him, he said.

“I’m very excited about being here,” Gibson said. “This is a winning, successful organization with great leadership and I’m looking forward to being part of it.”

Gibson’s first CFL job came in 2001 when he was offensive line coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He spent two seasons as offensive co-ordinator in Winnipeg before moving to Saskatchewan and becoming assistant head coach and offensive line coach with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, picking up a Grey Cup ring in 2007.

“Mike is an accomplished and experienced coach who will be a tremendous asset to our staff and to our group of running backs,” Hufnagel said.


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