Canadian Football League

Monday, January 22, 2007

Taaffe hires former Canadian Football League Assitants

Charlie Taaffe has added a couple of familiar faces to his Hamilton Tiger-Cats coaching staff.
The head coach of the CFL club hired Gregg Butler as defensive backs coach and Dave Easley as special teams co-ordinator Monday.
Both coaches previously served under Taaffe when he was head coach of the Montreal Alouettes.
"Having worked with both Gregg and Dave, I know that they bring a tremendous amount of experience to our team having seen the game as players and coaches," Taaffe said in a release. "Gregg is an outstanding teacher and establishes great rapport with his players and Dave possesses great knowledge of CFL rules, particularly in the kicking game."
Butler becomes the Ticats defensive backs coach after handling the same duties with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2006. Under Butler's tutelage, the Bombers defence surrendered the second-fewest passing yards against and third-fewest rushing yards against.
In addition to the Alouettes and the Bombers, Butler also had a coaching stint with the Toronto Argonauts and played four years in the CFL with Edmonton and Montreal.

Easley has previously worked as coach for the Argonauts, B.C. Lions, Alouettes, Ottawa Renegades and Bombers in various defensive and special teams coaching capacities.
In 2006, Easley served as an adviser to defensive backs coach and special teams coach for the University of Manitoba. He also played eight seasons in the CFL as a defensive back with the Lions, Ticats and Eskimos, winning the top rookie award in 1969.
Taaffe was hired as head coach last month. He succeeded Ron Lancaster, who took over on an interim basis early last season after Greg Marshall was fired. Lancaster, who was also the clubs senior director of football operations, has since been shifted to the community relations office.


Post a Comment

<< Home