Ottawa Redblacks to hire longtime CFL assistant coach Cory McDiarmid in special teams role

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The Ottawa Redblacks are hiring longtime CFL assistant coach Cory McDiarmid to help out in a special teams role, according to play-by-play man AJ Jakubec.

Interim head coach Bob Dyce spoke to the media on Monday and indicated that he will continue to serve as the team’s special teams coordinator, though he planned to bring in some help to assist in the role.

McDiarmid’s most recent position in the CFL was serving as the special teams coordinator of the Toronto Argonauts in 2019 under head coach Corey Chamblin. He held the same role with the Edmonton Elks from 2016 to 2018 under head coach Jason Maas.

The native of Nanaimo, B.C. won a Grey Cup while serving as an assistant with the B.C. Lions in 2000 and again with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2013. He also won the Vanier Cup in 1997 while serving on staff with the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds.

The Redblacks (3-11) are still mathematically eligible to make the postseason, though they will be eliminated this weekend if they lose to the Montreal Alouettes (7-7) and the Saskatchewan Roughriders (6-9) beat the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (4-10).