The B.C. Lions have made two additions to the 2021 coaching staff: offensive assistant Trysten Dyce and defensive assistant Claudell Louis.
Dyce enters the coaching ranks after attending the University of Manitoba from 2014-2019. As a receiver with the Bisons, the Winnipeg native recorded 119 receptions for 1,491 yards and eight touchdowns over 45 total appearances.
Dyce ended his Canada West career with a stellar performance in the Hardy Cup semi-final against the University of Calgary, hauling in a 50-yard hail mary touchdown before the Bisons comeback attempt would come up just short.
Prior to his U Sports career, Dyce was a member of the Canadian Junior Football League’s Regina Thunder in 2013. He earned Prairie Football Conference Rookie of the Year and also helped the Thunder capture the Canadian Bowl with a convincing victory over the Vancouver Island Raiders.
Trysten is the son of longtime CFL coach Bob Dyce.
Meanwhile, Louis returns to the squad after playing the final two seasons of his career in orange and black. He was the team’s finalist for CFL Most Outstanding Rookie in 2018 after registering 31 defensive tackles and two sacks in eleven games.
Louis got his first exposure to the CFL during a training camp appearance with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2017. An undrafted free agent signing by the Buffalo Bills in 2016, Louis was then picked up by the Minnesota Vikings and suited up in pre-season action that same year.
The Haiti-born Louis attended Fresno State University from 2013-2015 and earned All-Mountain West honourable mention as a senior after notching 47 tackles and five sacks.