Redblacks put finishing touches on their 2020 coaching staff

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The Ottawa Redblacks completed the hiring of Paul LaPolice’s first coaching staff on Wednesday, with the addition of three new coaches.

The final pieces include defensive line coach Carey Bailey, linebackers coach Chris Tormey and assistant defensive backs and special teams coach Patrick Bourgon.

They join the coaches already entrenched on Paul LaPolice’s staff including defensive coordinator Mike Benevides, special teams coordinator Bob Dyce, offensive line coach Bob Wylie, quarterbacks coach Steve Walsh, receivers coach Alex Suber, running backs coach Charlie Eger and defensive backs coach Greg Knox.

Bailey joins the Redblacks after spending 2019 in the same role with the Toronto Argonauts. A former head coach at the HBCU Howard University, he boasts extensive NCAA experience and previous internships with both the Atlanta Falcons and New York Giants.

Tormey has 4 years of CFL experience split between the B.C. Lions, Montreal Alouettes and Roughriders. Prior to the CFL, he was an assistant coach for eleven seasons with the University of Washington Huskies.

Bourgon returns to Ottawa under a new job title, having previously served as an offensive and defensive assistant. A member of the original Redblacks’ football operation staff from 2013 to 2015, Bourgon briefly left the organization to serve as defensive coordinator for the Villepinte Diables Rouges in France.

“We are excited about our coaching staff,” said head coach Paul LaPolice. “This is a group of great teachers who will work well with their players. Five of the assistants have been head coaches before and will bring a wealth of experience to our organization.”