Former Eskimos defender J.C. Sherritt joins Stampeders as linebacker coach

The Calgary Stampeders have hired former Edmonton Eskimos Most Outstanding Defender J.C. Sherritt as linebackers coach.

“J.C. was a player I always respected and I’m happy to welcome him to the Stampeders organization,” Stamps head coach Dave Dickenson said in a statement. “I’m confident he’ll be an excellent coach and I’m excited for the fresh perspective he will bring to the defence and the organization.”

Sherritt signed with the Eskimos in 2011 and spent his entire eight year CFL career playing in Edmonton.

“I’m excited for the next part of my career,” said Sherritt in a statement. “An opportunity arose to coach in Calgary and it was a chance to be part of an organization that has enjoyed a lot of success. It seemed like a dream opportunity.”

Sherritt won the CFL’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player Award in 2012 and earned a Grey Cup ring when the green and gold won the 2015 CFL championship.

Sherritt played 109 career games making 552 total tackles, 17 forced fumbles, 15 sacks, 14 interceptions, six fumble recoveries and scored one touchdown.

The 30-year-old takes over the linebacker coaching role from Brent Monson who moved up to become Calgary’s defensive coordinator after DeVone Claybrooks accepted the B.C. Lions head coach job.