Head coach Mike O’Shea agrees to three-year contract extension with Winnipeg Blue Bombers: report

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Head coach Mike O’Shea has agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, according to TSN’s Farhan Lalji.

Hearing from league sources that an extension for Mike O’Shea to remain in Winnipeg has been agreed to. No surprise here. I’m also told that #Bombers OC Buck Pierce declined an opportunity to interview for #RedBlacks HC position. The club had given permission.

O’Shea is the two-time reigning CFL Coach of the Year and has guided the Blue Bombers to three consecutive Grey Cup appearances, winning in 2019 and 2021. He has gone 82-58 in the regular season and 7-4 in the postseason since being hired by the club in December 2013. He is tied with former Ottawa Rough Riders’ head coach George Brancato as the fourteenth winningest head coach in CFL history.

The 52-year-old was in the final year of his contract this past year and wasn’t interested in negotiating an extension before or during the season. He also allowed his two previous deals to expire before signing extensions to remain with the club in 2016 and 2019.

The native of North Bay, Ont. was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2017 in recognition of his 16-year playing career with Toronto and Hamilton. He made 1,151 defensive tackles, 169 special teams tackles, 30 sacks, and 22 interceptions over 271 career games at linebacker. He remains the league’s second-leading tackler behind only Willie Pless.

Kyle Walters told 3DownNation during Grey Cup week that hiring O’Shea as the team’s head coach was the best decision he’s made during his tenure as the club’s general manager.