Saskatchewan Roughriders finalize coaching staff with five fresh faces for 2023

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders have finalized their coaching staff for the 2023 season, which includes a number of changes from a year ago.

André Bolduc is Saskatchewan’s new run game coordinator and running backs coach. He spent the past nine years with the Montreal Alouettes, most recently serving as their assistant head coach and running backs coach. He previously served as the team’s assistant offensive coordinator, receivers coach, and special teams assistant coach.

The native of Alma, Que. went unselected in the 1996 CFL Draft out of Concordia before spending six seasons in the league as a member of the Ottawa Rough Riders, Edmonton Elks, and Montreal Alouettes. He caught 38 passes for 393 yards and one touchdown and recorded 52 career special teams tackles with two fumble recoveries.

Del Cowsette is the club’s new defensive line coach, replacing Ben Olson, who recently left to take a job at the University of Incarnate Word. He has 16 years of coaching experience at the U.S. college level, most recently serving at the Air Force Academy. The native of Cleveland, Ohio was drafted by Washington in the 2000 NFL Draft and played 32 games with the team, recording 25 total tackles, three tackles for loss, and two sacks.

Naaman Roosevelt will be the club’s offensive assistant this season, which is his first coaching job. The 35-year-old played 67 CFL games over five seasons with Saskatchewan from 2015 to 2019, making 301 receptions for 4,134 yards and 20 touchdowns. He was named a West Division all-star in 2017 and recorded two 1,000-yard seasons with the team before two brief stints with Montreal and Winnipeg.

Drew Tate is the team’s new receivers coach, which head coach Craig Dickenson revealed in a radio interview on Monday. Tate is replacing Travis Moore, who has since joined the Ottawa Redblacks after not having his contract renewed. The 38-year-old played 147 games over nine CFL seasons with Saskatchewan, Calgary, and Ottawa, throwing for 5,008 yards, 35 touchdowns, and 16 interceptions.

Anthony Vitale will be the offensive line coach in 2023 after serving in the same role with the Edmonton Elks one year ago. He has more than 10 years of coaching experience at the collegiate and professional levels and was a guest coach with the Riders in training camp from 2017 to 2019.

Head coach Craig Dickenson, defensive coordinator Jason Shivers, special teams coordinator Kent Maugeri, linebackers coach Deion Melvin, and defensive backs coach Marcus Klund have all remained in the same roles as a year ago. Kelly Jeffrey, who served as the team’s running backs coach last season, is now the team’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

General manager Jeremy O’Day is officially back for a fourth season as the team’s general manager along with assistant general managers Paul Jones and Kyle Carson. Jordan Greenly has been promoted to director of football operations and will work alongside football operations coordinator Chase Pelletier.

Saskatchewan has hired Greg Mayer as the club’s new head athletic therapist. He previously served in the same role with the WHL’s Regina Pats, working over 1,500 games since 2004. He has also worked for Team Canada at the World Juniors and in training camp with the Riders.

Equipment manager Gordon Gilroy, manager of video and analytics Nick Bowley, and strength and conditioning trainer Clinton Spencer are also back for 2023 along with their members of staff.