Calgary Stampeders’ head coach Dave Dickenson clears COVID protocols, rejoins team

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Calgary Stampeders’ head coach Dave Dickenson has rejoined the team after missing the last week of action after testing positive for COVID-19.

The Stamps secured a 17-3 victory on Friday night in Ottawa without Dickenson on the sidelines. Special teams coordinator and assistant head coach Mark Kilam assumed responsibility for the team in his absence, while offensive play-calling was handled by a committee of offensive line coach Pat DelMonaco and quarterbacks coach Marc Mueller.

Dickenson had originally planned to join his team on the road trip a day late in order to be able to coach but was unable to clear COVID protocol in time. According to the league’s policy, individuals who test positive are required to isolate for five-to-seven days or until they can produce a negative test.

The 49-year-old head coach has now met those requirements and will be back at practice ahead of Calgary’s upcoming game against the B.C. Lions on Saturday, August 13.

Dickenson has served as the head coach of the Stampeders since replacing John Hufnagel on the sidelines in 2016. He has produced a regular season record of 65-25-2 and one Grey Cup title in three appearances.