Stamps fill last coach position

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:52 PM ET

The Calgary Stampeders defensive backs are familiar with their new position coach.

The team announced Wednesday morning that Tony Missick, who was a guest coach with the Stamps in 2010 training camp, will replace Corey Chamblin, who left to become the Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive co-ordinator.

“Tony was a guest coach with us during training camp last year and was a great help to our staff,” said Stamps GM-head coach John Hufnagel. “I really liked his communication skills and football knowledge and I’m confident he will do a great job in this position.”

A former player with the University of Kentucky, Missick spent nine seasons coaching in the Arena Football League, having two tenures as a head coach and six as a defensive co-ordinator.

He was most recently the assistant head coach and linebackers coach with Saint Paul’s in Lawrenceville, Va.

“I’m looking forward to working with a first-class organization like the Calgary Stampeders,” said Missick.

“I was up here last year as a guest coach and from what I experienced, this is an extremely tight-knit staff and I can’t wait to begin contributing to the group and learning from two of the best in John Hufnagel and defensive co-ordinator Chris Jones.”

In adding Missick, Hufnagel has finalized his coaching staff for 2011:

• Chris Jones — defensive co-ordinator and assistant director of player personnel/football operations

• Dave Dickenson — offensive co-ordinator

• Mark Kilam — special teams co-ordinator

• Cornell Brown — defensive line

• Kris Sweet — offensive line

• Pete Costanza — receivers

• Mike Gibson — running backs

• Brent Monson — linebackers/strength and conditioning

• Tony Missick — defensive backs

“I’m excited we were able to retain most of our staff from last season,” said Hufnagel about the group with only two new additions, Missick and Gibson.

“We continue to have an excellent combination of youth and experience and everyone is determined to make this organization as successful as possible.”

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