Football’s Calgary Dinos add ex-Stampeders head coach as defensive coordinator

Montreal Alouettes head coach Tom Higgins walks the sideline during first half CFL action against the B.C. Lions in Vancouver on July 19, 2014.
Montreal Alouettes head coach Tom Higgins walks the sideline during first half CFL action against the B.C. Lions in Vancouver on July 19, 2014. DARRYL DYCK / Canadian Press

 

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.

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