Bombers announce crew

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:04 AM ET

Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Mike Kelly officially introduced his seven-member coaching staff this morning.

Two assistants return from Doug Berry's staff, Bob Dyce (receivers and draft co-ordinator) and Richard Harris (defensive line), while a volunteer assistant last year, Don Burrell, joins the fold in a full-time role as the defensive quality control coach. He will also help out with the secondary.

The four newcomers to Winnipeg all bring CFL experience to the table.

Mark Nelson is the new defensive co-ordinator. He worked under Kelly at Valdosta State University in the late 1990s and most recently was the special teams co-ordinator at the University of Louisville for two years.

The Edmonton native spent five years coaching in the CFL in the mid-1990s; three with Edmonton and one with both Toronto and San Antonio. He won Grey Cups in 1993 (Edmonton) and 1996 (Toronto).

Ronnie Vinklarek, who also coached with Kelly at Valdosta State, comes over from the Edmonton Eskimos to guide the offensive line, while former Esks defensive co-ordinator Rick Campbell, the son of CFL legend Hugh, will take the reins of Winnipeg's special teams and secondary.

Coincidentally, Campbell was the Eskimos' defensive co-ordinator when they allowed Milt Stegall's memorable 100-yard touchdown on the final play of a July 2006 game at Commonwealth Stadium.

Andy Cox is the offensive quality control and running backs coach. He was Hamilton's special teams co-ordinator in 2002 and 2003.

Kelly, besides being the head coach, will also serve as the offensive co-ordinator. David Siddall, who was an intern with the Bombers last season, is back as a special assistant to the head coach.

All the assistants signed two-year contracts.


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