Redblacks hire Bob Dyce as third head coach in franchise history

Ottawa Redblacks interim head coach Bob Dyce congratulates quarterback Nick Arbuckle (19) after a touchdown against the Montreal Alouettes during first half CFL football action in Ottawa on Oct. 14, 2022. After three straight seasons of falling far short of expectations, Redblacks general manager Shawn Burke will have his work cut out for him this off-season. Ottawa finished the 2022 season 4-14-0. (Justin Tang/CP)

The Ottawa Redblacks have chosen Bob Dyce to be the team’s third head coach in franchise history, it was announced Friday.

Dyce took over the head coaching duties on an interim basis after Paul LaPolice was fired in October. The Redblacks finished at the bottom of the CFL’s East Division with a 4-14 record.

“We’re excited to bring Coach Dyce back as the third head coach in Ottawa Redblacks history,” said general manager Shawn Burke. “Bob is not only an excellent coach but also a great man who personifies leadership. Bob will continue to inspire players to reach new heights as he leads us into a new era of Redblacks football in Ottawa.”

The 56-year-old from Winnipeg joined the Redblacks in 2016 as special teams coordinator, helping them win their first Grey Cup title.

Dyce spent five seasons in various roles with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, including interim head coach, passing game coordinator and receivers coach. He was also the receivers coach for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 2003-09.

“I’m tremendously excited for the opportunity presented to me by Shawn Burke, Mark Goudie, Adrian Sciarra, Roger Greenberg, John Ruddy, John Pugh and Bill Shenkman to serve as the head coach of the Ottawa Redblacks,” said Dyce. “It’s amazing that, seven years after first coming to Ottawa, I get to lead this talented group of players in front of such a passionate fan base. I look forward to working together with Shawn and the players to build a strong team that we all will be proud of both on the field and in the community.”

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