Ryan Pollock steps down from Roughriders director of football operations role

Saskatchewan Roughriders director of football operations Ryan Pollock has stepped down from his role with the club in order to pursue other opportunities.

The long-time leader of the club’s communications department took over the role in February of 2019, where he was responsible for the preparation, submission and registration of player contracts. Pollock was also in charge of the management of the salary cap, organization of free agent camps and support to all administrative needs of the football operations department.

Pollock announced his decision to leave the team with a statement on Twitter on Thursday.

“After 9+ years with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, I have made the difficult decision to move on from the Club. I ultimately made the choice because it is what’s best for me and my family. It is time for me to pursue a new opportunity,” Pollock wrote.

“I have endless gratitude and respect for Jeremy O’Day, and believe as long as he is in the GM chair, this team will always have a chance to compete. He has been a supportive colleague and true friend since the day I started in 2012. The Club is in good hands. Go RIDERS!”

Pollock has worked for the Riders since 2012 when he assumed the role of the team’s director of media relations and football communications. Saskatchewan general manager Jeremy O’Day was hired as an assistant GM in 2011 and the two have worked closely for nine years.

Pollock is a hometown product having attended the University of Regina from 2000-2005, earning a degree in sport administration. He will now take on the role of general manager of the Royal Regina Golf Club.