Ottawa Redblacks hire former CFL award-winner, head coach Greg Marshall as defensive line coach

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The Ottawa Redblacks have hired Greg Marshall as their new defensive line coach.

The native of Beverly, Mass. has 19 years of CFL coaching experience with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Edmonton Football Team, Ottawa Renegades, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, and Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He served as the head coach in Saskatchewan for the first half of the 2011 season before being fired, posting a record of 1-7.

“We are very excited to add Coach Marshall to our staff,” said head coach Bob Dyce in a statement. “He brings a wealth of experience both as a player and a coach, and will be a definite asset to our talented defensive line group, and our coaching staff.”

The 67-year-old spent the past six years as the head coach at the University of Toronto, posting an 11-27 regular season record with two appearances in the OUA playoffs. He replaces Mike Phair, who spent the past two seasons as the defensive line coach in the nation’s capital.

Marshall played defensive end for the Ottawa Rough Riders for nine seasons from 1980 to 1988, earning four East Division all-star selections, two CFL all-star selections, and the league’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player award in 1983. He was inducted into the RNation Legacy Wall at TD Place in 2023.

The Redblacks have a bye during the first week of the 2024 regular season before hosting the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Thursday, June 13 at TD Place Stadium.