Former CFL all-star Dexter McCoil hired as assistant coach with Incarnate Word Cardinals

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It didn’t take long for Dexter McCoil to find a new job just one week after announcing his retirement from the CFL.

The 30-year-old has been hired to coach the safeties at the University of the Incarnate Word, a private university located in Texas. The Cardinals play in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) of the FCS, which also features schools including Grand Canyon University, New Mexico State University, and Stephen F. Austin State University.

McCoil spent the 2021 season with the Toronto Argonauts and recorded 60 defensive tackles, nine special teams tackles, two sacks, and two interceptions over 11 regular season games. He started the East Final at weak-side linebacker and made six total tackles, one sack, and one forced fumble in a close loss to Hamilton.

The six-foot-four, 220-pound defensive star was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Rookie in 2014 and a CFL all-star after posting 63 defensive tackles, 10 special teams tackles, four sacks, two touchdowns, and tying for the league lead with six interceptions in 18 games for Edmonton.

The following season saw the Louisiana native tally 71 defensive tackles, two sacks, and three interceptions on route to another West Division all-star nod and finished that season off by helping the Green and Gold win the Grey Cup.

The University of Tulsa alum signed with the San Diego Chargers in 2016, playing 16 games and recording 25 tackles and one interception at safety. A move to the San Francisco 49ers from 2017 to 2018 saw McCoil Sr. play ten more NFL games, adding five tackles.
A brief stint back with the Chargers in 2019 prefaced McCoil’s return to the CFL in October that year, when he played two games at the end of the season for the Calgary Stampeders. He made five total tackles and one interception in two games for the club.
McCoil finished his CFL career with 196 defensive tackles, 29 special teams tackles, 12 interceptions, eight sacks, and one forced fumble in 49 career games.