Bow down to Bowden: Elks appoint Merritt Bowden as new special teams coordinator

Photo courtesy: Saskatchewan Roughriders

The Edmonton Elks have hired Merritt Bowden as the team’s special teams coordinator, rounding out their coaching and football operations’ staff with a trio of additions.

The Jemison, Alabama native returns to the CFL after previously coaching with the Toronto Argonauts (2021) and Saskatchewan Roughriders (2016-2018).

Last season in Toronto, Bowden was a special teams and defensive assistant, working alongside new Elks general manager and head coach Chris Jones, and current Elks coaches Stephen McAdoo, Jarious Jackson, and Markus Howell.

Bowden’s hiring marks the second time Jones has added the Auburn University graduate assistant to his staff, after giving him his first full-time CFL gig with the Riders back in 2016 when he served as special teams assistant coach.

Bowden’s earliest introduction to the CFL came a year earlier, serving as a visiting coach in Edmonton during the 2015 season when Jones led the Double E to a Grey Cup victory.

Joining Bowden on the staff will be special teams assistant Mike Scheper, who is also no stranger to Jones.

Scheper returns to Edmonton after previously coaching for the Green and Gold in 2015 when he served as the team’s offensive line coach. He then moved with Jones to Saskatchewan, serving in multiple roles (offensive and defensive line, special teams assistant) from 2016 to 2019.

The Los Angeles area product most recently coached at Minot State, serving as defensive coordinator (2020-2021) and has a total of eight years of CFL experience dating back to his first job with the Roughriders in 2009.

Michael Daniels has also been added, he will serve as Jones’ chief of staff. Daniels will be responsible for liaising between coaches, players, and football operations staff while working in an administrative capacity to ensure efficiencies.

The native of South Pittsburg, Tennessee has a military and business background.