Official: head coach Mike O’Shea signs three-year extension with Winnipeg Blue Bombers

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Head coach Mike O’Shea has signed a three-year contract extension to remain the head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers through 2025.

The 52-year-old 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 and is tied with former Ottawa Rough Riders’ head coach George Brancato as the fourteenth winningest head coach in CFL history.

O’Shea 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. He reportedly agreed to terms on an extension on Tuesday, Nov. 29, though general manager Kyle Walters refuted that report two days later.

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.

O’Shea served as the special teams coordinator of the Toronto Argonauts for four seasons before being hired in Winnipeg. He has won six Grey Cups, including three as a player, one as an assistant coach, and two as a head coach.

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.