Gryphon grad becomes CFL head coach

The first big decision that faced new Winnipeg Blue Bomber General Manager Kyle Walters was the hiring of a head coach. It is a choice that would go a long way to determining his success as a GM. With a lot on the line he chose someone he has known for a long time, and can trust, his former Guelph Gryphon teammate Mike O’Shea. [Walters was a freshman and O’Shea in his 4th year when Guelph won the 1992 Yates Cup.] Of course, O’Shea has a huge reputation of his own and has been interviewed by other CFL teams for head coaching positions in spite of being only four years removed from his playing career.

Mike O'Shea chatting with Gryphon supporters at the 2012 Friends of Gryphon Football Dinner Photo: Kyle Rodriguez/artifactsforlife.ca

Mike O’Shea chatting with Gryphon supporters at the 2012 Friends of Gryphon Football Dinner
Photo: Kyle Rodriguez/artifactsforlife.ca

After his outstanding Gryphon career – CIS All Canadian, UofG Male Athlete of the Year, 2-time OUA All Star and winner of the OUA’s President Trophy – O’Shea played 16 seasons in the CFL with the Toronto Argonauts and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. As a pro O’Shea was  a frequent All Star, the league’s Outstanding Canadian and a 4-time Grey Cup winner. Since retiring as a player in 2009 O’Shea has been the Special Teams Coordinator for the Toronto Argonauts.  O’Shea and Walters actually faced-off against each other as Special Teams Coordinators in 2010  and 2011.

From the Winnipeg Free Press via youtube highlights of the press conference:

If that isn’t enough for you here is the entire 30+ minute press conference – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cmSvREI6Z0. Gotta love the choice of music for the intro!!

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