Calgary Stampeders add former players Nik Lewis, Juwan Simpson to coaching staff

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The Calgary Stampeders have added two familiar faces to the their coaching staff with the additions of receivers coach Nik Lewis and defensive line coach Juwan Simpson.

Lewis played for the Stamps from 2004 to 2014 and was a five-time West Division all-star and three-time CFL all-star. He retired in May 2018 following three seasons with the Montreal Alouettes having made a league record 1,051 receptions for 13,778 yards and 68 touchdowns. He entered the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2021 as a first-ballot inductee.

The 40-year-old served as the running backs coach in B.C. during the 2019 season.

Simpson played in Calgary from 2008 to 2015 and was a two-time West Division all-star and one-time CFL all-star at linebacker. He made 396 defensive tackles, 40 special teams tackles, 25 sacks, and three interceptions over the course of his CFL career.

The 38-year-old was a guest coach with the Stamps in 2016 during training camp and has since coached high school football in his home state of Alabama.

A member of the 2021 class of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, Lewis is the CFL’s all-time leader with 1,051 receptions. He was BC Lions running backs coach in 2019. He was the CFL’s Most Outstanding Rookie in 2004 as a member of the Stampeders and a six-time division all-star. Simpson was a two-time division all-star and a one-time league all-star during his career with the

Lewis and Simpson both won two Grey Cups with the Stampeders as members of the team in 2008 and 2014.

The club has also named former Simon Fraser quarterback J.R. Davies as their running backs coach. He has previously worked for Calgary as a regional scouting consultant.

“I’m excited to welcome Nik, Juwan and J.R. to our coaching staff,” said Dickenson. “There’s no doubt these three will bring energy, knowledge, and fresh ideas to our team. All three have Stampeder roots so they know our standard and how we operate.”

Marquay McDaniel served as the club’s receivers coach this past season, while Cornell Brown coached the defensive line and T.J. Vernieri coached the running backs.

The rest of Calgary’s coaching staff will remain the same as special teams coordinator and assistant head coach Mark Kilam, defensive coordinator Brent Monson, offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Pat DelMonaco, quarterbacks coach Marc Mueller, defensive backs coach and CFL draft coordinator Dwayne Cameron, and linebackers coach Bob Slowik will return for 2023.

“We were fortunate to keep the majority of our staff together,” said Dickenson. “I appreciate their loyalty and their commitment to consistently put a winning product on the field.”