Prinsen hangs on with Esks

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:13 PM ET

Tim Prinsen made a good impression during his short time with the Edmonton Eskimos last season.

It was little coincidence the offensive line got better on a game-by-game basis shortly after Prinsen took over the coaching responsibilities.

Due in large part to that improvement, Prinsen has been brought back for another year to be part of new head coach, Kavis Reed’s staff.

“In his first season at the pro level, Tim demonstrated tremendous passion for the game and outstanding technical skills,” said Reed in a statement on Monday. “Under his direction, our offensive line showed significant improvement. He also has a profound understanding for the Edmonton Eskimos commitment to excellence.”

Along with hiring on Prinsen, the club also announced on Monday, it was cutting ties with Kevin Strasser who had served as offensive co-ordinator for the past year and a half.

Strasser joined the Eskimos two seasons ago as a senior offensive consultant and was promoted to co-ordinator partway through the year when Rick Worman was fired.

It was Strasser’s second stint with the Eskimos, working as a receivers’ coach in 2000 and 2001 before heading off to the Montreal Alouettes and then Portland State University.

Prinsen, meanwhile, was a former standout with the Edmonton Huskies before moving on to play with the University of North Dakota, where he was selected fourth overall by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the 1997 CFL Canadian Draft.

Prinsen had an eight-year CFL career with the Ticats and Eskimos, winning a Grey Cup with each club.

Following his playing career, Prinsen moved on to the coaching ranks, spending four years with the University of Alberta Golden Bears.

After being a guest coach at the Eskimos training camp last season, the club brought him on full time to replace Jeff Bleamer midway though last season.

derek.vandiest@sunmedia.ca


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