Calgary Stampeders name Dave Dickenson new general manager in front office shake-up

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The Calgary Stampeders have a new general manager, though he’s hardly an unfamiliar face in Cowtown.

Dave Dickenson has added the role of general manager to his duties with the club, the team announced on Monday. The 49-year-old has served as the team’s head coach since 2016, posting a 73-29-2 record with one Grey Cup victory. He has previously served with the team as an assistant coach and player.

John Hufnagel has stepped down as general manager, though he will continue to serve as the team’s president. He was originally hired by the Stampeders in December 2007 to serve as the head coach and general manager and did so for eight years, winning two Grey Cups. He relinquished the role of head coach and took on the role of team president in January 2016.

Veteran personnel man Brendan Mahoney has been named the team’s assistant general manager after previously serving as the team’s director of player personnel. Cole Hufnagel, the club’s director of U.S. scouting, and Nick Bojda, the club’s director of football operations, will also take on additional responsibilities under Calgary’s new front office arrangement.

“Dave had already been involved in personnel decisions and moving into the general manager’s office is the natural progression for both he and the football club,” said Hufnagel in a statement. “The time was right for me to take a step back and reduce some of my workload while still remaining involved with the player-evaluation process. I am very confident that the team is in very capable hands with Dave, Brendan, Cole and Nick.”

Hufnagel has completed his tenure as the general manager of the Stampeders with a record of 175-70-3, six Grey Cup appearances, and three Grey Cup victories.

“The goal is to maintain the standard of excellence and working with this great group of men, I’m very confident we’re going to be able to do that,” said Dickenson. “I’m grateful for having had the opportunity to work with Huff [sic] through the years and I’m happy that he will remain involved in the evaluation processes.

“I’m very excited by the added responsibility I’ve been given and look forward to seeing where 2023 leads us.”