Rolling the dice: Ottawa Redblacks name Bob Dyce head coach

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The Ottawa Redbacks have officially named Bob Dyce as the third head coach in franchise history.

Dyce had been with the team in the nation’s capital since 2016 as the special teams coordinator prior to taking over as interim head coach last season following the firing of Paul LaPolice. He finished the year with a 1-3 record while at the helm.

“We’re excited to bring coach Dyce back as the third head coach in Ottawa Redblacks history,” general manager Shawn Burke said in a statement. “Bob is not only an excellent coach but also a great man who personifies leadership. Bob will continue to inspire players to reach new heights as he leads us into a new era of Redblacks football in Ottawa.”

In six seasons at the helm of one of the league’s top special teams units, Dyce was a key piece of a Redblacks coaching staff that won the Grey Cup in 2016 and made it to the big game in 2018.

Before he arrived in Ottawa, Dyce spent five years on the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ staff as passing game coordinator and receivers coach (2010-2011), offensive coordinator (2012), special teams coordinator (2013-2015), and interim head coach (2015), winning the 101st Grey Cup in 2013. Prior to his time in Regina, he was the receivers coach for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 2003 to 2009.

“I’m tremendously excited for the opportunity presented to me by Shawn Burke, Mark Goudie, Adrian Sciarra, Roger Greenberg, John Ruddy, John Pugh and Bill Shenkman to serve as the head coach of the Ottawa Redbacks,” Dyce said in a statement.

“It’s amazing that, seven years after first coming to Ottawa, I get to lead this talented group of players in front of such a passionate fan base. I look forward to working together with Shawn and the players to build a strong team that we all will be proud of both on the field and in the community.”

The 56-year-old Dyce is a Winnipeg, Manitoba native. He began his coaching career with the St. Vital Mustangs and Winnipeg Hawkeyes of the Canadian Junior Football League before taking over as receiver coach for the University of Manitoba Bisons — his alma mater.

Dyce’s son, Trysten, currently coaches in the CFL, serving as an offensive assistant with the B.C. Lions.