Winnipeg Blue Bombers make it official – Buck Pierce is new offensive coordinator

Click to play video: 'Buck Pierce named Winnipeg Blue Bomber’s new offensive coordinator' Buck Pierce named Winnipeg Blue Bomber’s new offensive coordinator
Buck Pierce talks to media after being named the Winnipeg Blue Bomber's new offensive coordinator – Jan 21, 2020

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have finally got around to confirming what had been widely anticipated since Paul LaPolice was hired in Ottawa last month.

Buck Pierce will succeed “LaPo” as the team’s offensive coordinator, in addition to remaining the team’s quarterbacks coach.

READ MORE: Winnipeg Blue Bombers come to terms with Stanley Bryant for 2020 season

The former Blue Bombers and BC Lions quarterback  – originally hired by Mike O’Shea in 2014 as Winnipeg’s running backs coach – is going into his seventh season as a member of the Bombers coaching staff. Pierce took over as the Bombers quarterbacks coach going into the 2016 season.

The newly-minted offensive coordinator told 680 CJOB staying in his adopted home of Winnipeg was a no-brainer.

“I think when people talk about Winnipeg… you hear about the community, you hear about the fan base, you hear about just what a small-city feel it is,” said Pierce.

Story continues below advertisement

“I think that’s what really drew me here. My wife is from here, my two kids were born here.

“Having that community feel in a business where change happens almost yearly – to be able to have a place that I call home. I’ve really fostered a lot of friendships here. It’s a great place to live.”

Not to mention a team that is the reigning Grey Cup champ.

Story continues below advertisement

READ MORE: Bombers’ coach has sights set on winning another Grey Cup, not repeating

Pierce attributes the team’s on-field success to the culture built over a number of years by the team’s upper management.

“The culture that we’ve created and the standard that we’re about is a direct reflection of the leadership,” he said.

“I think it’s important to continue to build off of that, and once you have a good foundation, everything will continue to fall in place.”

In addition to the promotion of Pierce, the Blue Bombers have also made two other changes to their offensive coaching staff.

Former running backs coach Kevin Burgoin will go into his fourth season with the Blue and Gold as the receivers coach, a duty also handled by LaPolice in 2019.

Three-time Grey Cup Champion Pete Costanza also joins the Winnipeg staff as the running backs coach after 12 seasons as the Calgary Stampeders’ receivers coach.

Click to play video: '‘A-ha, a-ha’: Bombers’ Chris Streveler mimics Kawhi’s laugh at Grey Cup parade' ‘A-ha, a-ha’: Bombers’ Chris Streveler mimics Kawhi’s laugh at Grey Cup parade
‘A-ha, a-ha’: Bombers’ Chris Streveler mimics Kawhi’s laugh at Grey Cup parade – Nov 26, 2019

Sponsored content