January 4, 2013

Bombers hire Dickenson as Special Teams Coordinator

CFL.ca Staff

WINNIPEG — Just one day after resigning as the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ Special Teams Coordinator, Craig Dickenson has joined the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the same role.

“I am very excited to have Craig on board with us next season,” said Bombers Head Coach Tim Burke.  “Craig is regarded as one of the best special teams coaches in this league and will play a vital role in our success in the coming years. He will provide great leadership and will be able to mentor our young special teams players, kickers and punters.”
Dickenson joins the Blue Bomber coaching staff after spending the previous two seasons with the Roughriders.

“I’m really looking forward to the opportunity of working with Coach Burke again in Winnipeg,” said Dickenson.  “Coach Burke and I have a great relationship from working together in the past and I believe he is putting together a great staff and has a great vision for where this team is going.  It will be great to start fresh in a new stadium in front of some of the league’s loudest fans.”

Highly regarded for his special teams schemes, Dickenson spent seven seasons with the Calgary Stampeders where he worked with both Coach Burke and Defensive Coordinator Casey Creehan.

He served as their special teams coordinator for five years after tutoring the running backs and receivers in his first two years with the team. Dickenson also spent one season with the Montreal Alouettes as their running backs coach in 2003 before returning to the Stamps.

Dickenson’s coaching career began at his alma mater, the University of Montana, in 1995 when the Grizzlies captured the NCAA Division 1-AA National Championship. His work with the kickers and running backs earned him a position with Utah State where he coached before making the move to the NFL.