Edmonton Elks hire former Riders offensive line coach Stephen Sorrells

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The Edmonton Elks have hired Stephen Sorrells as their new offensive line coach.

Sorrells spent the last five seasons (2017-2022) with the Saskatchewan Roughriders as their offensive line coach, where he spent his first two seasons under current Elks’ head coach Chris Jones in 2017 and 2018.

The Greenville, Alabama native, who also served as Saskatchewan’s run game coordinator in 2022, didn’t have his contract renewed by the Riders following a season in which the team finished with a 6-12 record and failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2016. The club also allowed a league-worst 77 sacks.

The veteran coach has more than a dozen years of coaching experience with stops at Southern Methodist University, Pearl River Community College, University of Alabama-Birmingham, Kenyon College, Occidental College and Faulkner University to go along with his time with the Riders.

Sorrells takes over for Anthony Vitale, who spent the 2022 season as the Elks’ offensive line coach.