A familiar face is returning to the McMahon Stadium sidelines.
Tom Higgins, a former Stampeders head coach and linebacker, has joined the University of Calgary Dinos football squad as defensive co-ordinator. He’s no stranger to Dinos coaching, either — Higgins served as a Dinos assistant coach from 1982-84 and was on staff for the team’s Vanier Cup win in 1983.
“We’re very excited to have Tom back with the Dinos,” head coach Wayne Harris said in a media release. “He is an excellent technician of the game and has developed plenty of great talent.”
Higgins patrolled the McMahon gridiron as a player for three seasons with the Canadian Football League’s Stampeders, from 1976-78. In the CFL, he’s also coached the Edmonton Eskimos (2001-04), with whom he won the Grey Cup in 2003, and the Montreal Alouettes (2014-15). From 2008-13, he served as the CFL’s director of officiating.
The team also added longtime Stampeders kicker J.T. Hay as kicking coach and Dinos alumnus Tom Knitter as special teams co-ordinator.
The Dinos, who went undefeated during the regular season in 2015 only to lose to UBC in the Hardy Cup, opens training camp on Sunday.