The Saskatchewan Roughriders have promoted Jason Shivers to defensive coordinator.
After the departure of Chris Jones and in addition to the head coach role, the Riders also needed to fill the defensive coordinator position with Jones holding that role over the past three seasons.
The Riders stayed within their defensive staff to find Jones' replacement with Shivers taking over after three seasons as the defensive backs coach.
"I have had the opportunity to work alongside Jason for several years now. He is a very intelligent coach and communicator. He earns the players respect and they feed off his energy and work ethic," said Head Coach Craig Dickenson in a Riders' media release.
Shivers is from Phoenix, Ariz. and is entering his sixth season as a CFL coach, this will be his first coordinator job.
"I want to thank Coach Dickenson for his support and for giving me this opportunity,” stated Shivers. “I look forward to continuing to work with this coaching staff and the talented group of players. Saskatchewan is a great place to be a coach and I can’t wait to get back to work.”
Shivers won a Grey Cup in Edmonton in 2015.
Brouillette Retires from CFL
The Riders also announced on Friday that national safety Marc-Olivier Brouillette has retired from the CFL. Brouillette played 14 regular-season games over two seasons with the Riders.
The nine-year CFL veteran finished with 215 defensive tackles, 32 special teams tackles, eight sacks, and five interceptions in 117 career games.
Henry Signs Extension
Saskatchewan also signed national defensive lineman Makana Henry to a one-year contract extension. Henry is entering his fourth season with the Riders.
Last season, Henry had 15 defensive tackles and a sack in 10 games at defensive tackle. He has 46 defensive tackles and two sacks in 31 career regular-season games.
Henry was eligible to become a free agent on Tuesday.