The Edmonton Eskimos have announced their coaching and football operations staff for next season with a new defensive and special teams coordinator.

Phillip Lolley takes over the defence after Mike Benevides wasn’t retained after two seasons. Lolley spent time with the Eskimos under Chris Jones in 2014 and 2015 before joining him in Saskatchewan the following year. He moved to Hamilton as linebackers coach and took over as DC during the Ticats’ dreadful 0-8 start in 2017.

Gass, a former Eskimos player, takes over the spot vacated when head coach Jason Maas fired special teams coordinator Cory McDiarmid late last season.

Here’s the rest of the crew that will be joining Maas for what very well could be a make-or-break season in Edmonton.

Mike Gibson – Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach
Phillip Lolley – Defensive Coordinator
AJ Gass – Special Teams Coordinator
Jordan Maksymic – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
Tim Prinsen – Running Backs Coach
Jason Tucker – Wide Receivers
Barron Miles – Defensive Backs Coach
Demetrious Maxie – Defensive Line Coach
Travis Brown – Linebackers Coach
William Fields – Defensive Assistant

The team also confirmed the departures of director of player personnel Paul Jones and director of Canadian Scouting Rob Ralph.

“It’s challenging times. There’s significant movement across the league. That’s the world we’re living in right now,” Eskimos general manager Brock Sunderland said.

Meanwhile, Edmonton announced their new football operations staff:

David Turner – Director of Player Personnel
Will Homer – Assistant Director of Player Personnel
Bobby Merritt – Director of Scouting
Kris Hagerman – Director of Football Operations
Nick Pelletier – Assistant Director of Football Operations/Player Personnel Assistant
Griffin Dear – Head Video Coordinator

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