Breaking news from Sportsnet.ca – Queen’s DC Tracey to run Bombers special teams
Mike O’Shea is going back to his college days to build a staff for his first professional head coaching job.
Sources tell Sportsnet that the Blue Bombers will hire Queen’s defensive coordinator Pat Tracey to run Winnipeg’s special teams. An announcement is expected soon from the CFL club.
Tracey, a former player at Guelph, was a coach on the Gryphons staff during O’Shea’s decorated playing career at the university. He left Guelph to join the Gaels staff in 2000, first as special teams coordinator in Kingston, before moving to the defensive side of the ball. His units routinely have been among the best in CIS football.
Winnipeg’s former special teams coordinator, Kyle Walters, now the Blue Bombers general manager, was Guelph’s head coach before joining Paul LaPolice’s staff in 2010.
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This is big news for another former Gryphon! BTW this won’t be Tracey’s first stint in the CFL. Randy Dimitroff reminded me that Tracey was the Ticats’ Special Teams Coordinator back in 1998. I found this in Tracey’s profile at gogaelsgo.com:
At Guelph, he held numerous positions including Defensive Backs and Return Units (1987-88), Inside Linebackers and Return Units (1989-90), Defensive Coordinator (1988-94), and Special Teams Coordinator (1996-97). He was the team’s recruiting coordinator from 1995 until leaving for Hamilton in early 1998. He coached in three Yates Cup finals with the Gryphons, winning two.