The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that Jerry Friesen has joined the coaching staff for the 2011 CFL season as a special teams/defensive assistant.
Friesen, who most recently served as the head coach for the University of Alberta Golden Bears, spent training camp with the Green and White as a guest coach and worked closely with Craig Dickenson and the special teams.
The Rosthern native played linebacker for the Saskatoon Hilltops before moving on to play for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies. Friesen entered the CFL with the Montreal Alouettes in 1978 where he spent three seasons before moving back to Saskatchewan and signing with the Roughriders were he played six seasons. He was honoured with the CFL's Tom Pate Award for contributions to the team and the community in 1986 and later became the defensive coordinator with the Huskies in 1988, sharing in a Vanier Cup national title in 1990.