Canadian Football League

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Stamps say Higgins is the man to lead them to the Canadian Football League Championship

The Calgary Stampeders rewarded Tom Higgins with a multi-year contract extension Tuesday after the head coach guided the CFL club to its first playoff berth in four years.
Higgins, who also serves as the vice-president of football operations, led the Stampeders to an 11-7 record — a seven-win increase from 2004 — before they dropped a 33-26 decision to the Edmonton Eskimos in the West Division semifinal Nov. 13.
It was Calgary's first post-season action since winning the 2001 Grey Cup in Montreal.
"We are very pleased that Tom has chosen to extend his relationship with the Stampeders football club," team owner Ted Hellard said in a statement. "Tom, his coordinators and their assistant coaches have had a significant impact on a successful 2005 season."
The extension was a no-brainer for Higgins, who won coach of the year in 2003 with the Edmonton Eskimos.
"I'm extremely excited and thrilled to have the opportunity to be on the sidelines in the future," said Higgins, who spent four years as head coach of the Eskimos before joining the Stampeders prior to the start of the 2005 season. "I look forward to the 2006 season and building on all of the good things we were able to accomplish this past year."


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