Elks promote Chris Rippon to special teams coordinator following departure of AJ Gass

Courtesy: Ole Miss Athletics

The Edmonton Elks have promoted Chris Rippon to be special teams coordinator after AJ Gass left the franchise for personal reasons.

Rippon brings 37 years of NCAA coaching experience with involvement in all three phases of the game. He has more than a decade of experience coaching special teams. His resume includes stops at the University of Mississippi, Marshall University, Rutgers University, and Syracuse University. The 2021 season will be his first season coaching in the Canadian Football League.

The Elks assigned new duties to Derek Oswalt who will be the assistant special teams coordinator as well as a defensive assistant. Oswalt was a member of the 2016 Grey Cup champion Ottawa Redblacks as their linebackers coach and was also a member of the 2015 team that participated in the 103rd Grey Cup. Prior to joining the Elks in 2019 as a defensive assistant, he was the special team’s coach for the University of Calgary Dinos in 2018.

Cam Robinson was named linebackers coach. Robinson has spent several years coaching the defensive side of the ball. He was most recently the outside linebackers coach for Fort State Greyhounds. Robinson has experience in the CFL, spending three seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders as a linebackers coach and a quality control coach. Prior to becoming a coach, Robinson was an all-conference linebacker at Middle Tennessee State.

In addition to the staff changes, Mike Woytowich has been named the team’s head video coordinator.