The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today Bill MacDermott has been named the team’s new running backs coach. He will join Doug Berry, Bob Dyce and Alex Smith who have agreed to return as part of the 2011 Rider coaching staff.
MacDermott has compiled over five decades of coaching experience at a variety of levels including high school, junior, university and professional. Last season the highly regarded teacher and motivator served as head coach of the PFC’s Edmonton Huskies.
In his time in the CFL MacDermott spent nine seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos and was most recently with the Toronto Argonauts in 2008 as an offensive line coach. He also spent time in Winnipeg and Montreal.
The veteran coach spent two seasons as the tight ends coach with the NFL’s San Diego Chargers in 1997-98 and two seasons with the Orlando Thunder of the World League.
A native of Providence, Rhode Island MacDermott began his coaching degree in 1961 at Hopkins High School in New Haven, Connecticut. Five years later he moved to Wesleyan University and later assumed the role as head coach– a position he would retain for 16 years.
MacDermott has a degree in physical education and history from Trinity College. Bill and his wife Kathleen have one daughter – Stephanie.
The Riders also confirmed that Jim Daley, Nelson Martin and Tom Freeman will not be returning to the team’s coaching staff for 2011.