The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed general manager Jeremy O’Day and head coach Craig Dickenson to matching contract extensions.
O’Day has inked a two-year contract extension after originally joining the Riders front office in 2011 following 12 seasons on Saskatchewan’s offensive line and will be entering his 23rd consecutive season with the green and white in 2021.
“Jeremy has showed tremendous dedication to the Saskatchewan Roughriders and his leadership, especially through the challenges of 2020, has been outstanding,” president Craig Reynolds said in a statement.
“Beyond that, he led the 2019 team to the best record we’ve had since 1970 and continues to build the Roughriders for long-term success. I am thrilled that he has committed to being with us through the 2023 season.”
In 2019, along with Dickenson, O’Day put together a Rider team that finished with a 13-5 record placing them first in the West Division for the first time in over a decade and saw five players named CFL all-stars.
One of O’Day’s first decisions as GM was to hire Dickenson as the bench boss. Dickenson went on to be named the West Division’s 2019 Coach of the Year and has put pen to paper on a two-year contract extension of his own.
“In his first season as head coach, Craig did an exceptional job leading and supporting our players on and off the field and the results speak for themselves,” O’Day said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing to work with him as we prepare for next season and beyond.”
In addition to Dickenson’s extension, offensive coordinator Jason Maas and defensive coordinator Jason Shivers have signed extensions through 2022. The remainder of the coaching staff is signed for the 2021 season.
Assistant general manager and veteran scout, Paul Jones has committed to the Roughriders through 2022. Director of player personnel Kyle Carson, director of football operations Ryan Pollock and football operations coordinator Jordan Greenly round out the front office.
Riders coaching staff for the 2021 season:
Head coach, special teams coordinator — Craig Dickenson
Offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach — Jason Maas
Offensive line coach — Stephen Sorrells
Running backs coach — Josh Lambert
Receivers coach — Travis Moore
Defensive coordinator — Jason Shivers
Defensive backs coach — Richard Kent
Linebackers coach — Deion Melvin
Defensive line coach — Ben Olson
Special teams coach — Kent Maugeri