As the regular season continues to inch closer, the Regina Riot have finalized their coaching staff for 2017. With the retirement of former Head Coach Shawn McCall, there was the potential for significant turnover with this year’s staff. Former Offensive Coordinator and new Head Coach Olivier Eddie was able to prevent that from happening.
“Continuity with the coaching staff is important and always tells a positive story,” says Eddie. “Having 7 returning coaches shows that we are a committed group. It allows us to continue to build on what has been a great success story for our team the past two years.”
While the majority of the staff remains unchanged, there will be some new faces roaming the sideline this year. New members of the Riot coaching staff are Co-Offensive Coordinator Jeff Bolen, Running Back Coach Dillon Dawson & Defensive Line Coach Brent Blakley. The three bring with them a wealth of previous coaching knowledge at the CJFL and High School level.
“Bringing in 3 new coaches will help us grow this team” says the new Head Coach. “Fresh perspectives are important as it helps us to avoid complacency.”
With the addition of Bolen, Dawson & Blakley, the Riot now have an individual position coach for each area of their roster, something Eddie feels is very important to the development of another championship team.
“As a Head Coach, you try to surround yourself with people that can bring a skill set that you don’t have to the group,” says Eddie. “I think this group of coaches does just that.”
The full list of this year’s coaching staff is as follows:
Head Coach/Co-Offensive Coordinator – Olivier Eddie
Co-Offensive Coordinator – Jeff Bolen
Defensive Coordinator – Morgan Bunce
Offensive Line Coach/Run Game Coordinator – Brenden Bennett
Quarterback Coach – JD Mack
Running Back Coach – Dillon Dawson
Receiver Coach – Thomas Retzlaff
Defensive Line Coach – Brent Blakley
Linebacker Coach – Rob Pyne
Defensive Back Coach/Special Teams Coordinator – Kris Hadesbeck