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Stampeders retain Dickenson as OC and assistant head coach

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The Canadian Press
11/28/2013 12:12:17 PM
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CALGARY -- Dave Dickenson is staying in Calgary, signing a three-year contract with the Stampeders to serve as the CFL team's offensive co-ordinator and assistant head coach.

Dickenson has run Calgary's offence for the past three seasons, helping the Stampeders lead the CFL with 1,595 points scored over that span.

In 2013, Calgary led the league with 549 points scored with an offence featuring rushing champion and most outstanding player Jon Cornish of New Westminster, B.C.

Additionally, Calgary allowed the fewest sacks in the CFL and saw three different quarterbacks earn victories as starters.

While Dickenson was in the conversation for head coach vacancies in Edmonton and Winnipeg, he will remain with the city where he has spent the bulk of his time in the CFL. With the job of assistant head coach now part of his duties, he will continue to work closely with Stampeders head coach and general manager John Hufnagel.

"I'm very happy to be back," Dickenson said. "It was a commitment to me that the club came to me and asked what my future was going to be and I really wanted to be here. I didn't want to move. The other opportunities to me weren't exciting. This is the place I wanted to be and my family wants to be. The organization to me is top notch."

Dickenson's association with the Stampeders started in 1996 when he joined the team as a quarterback. He played four seasons in Calgary, winning the 2000 most outstanding player before trying to break into the NFL.

He returned to the CFL in 2003 and played five seasons with the B.C. Lions, where he led them to a championship in 2006 and was named Grey Cup MVP.

He returned to Calgary for a final season in 2008, serving as a backup to Henry Burris, before retiring and joining the Stamps as a running backs coach. He finished his playing career with three Grey Cup rings.

"To secure Dave's appointment here is a big step in the continuance of the Calgary Stampeders being a good football team and hopefully becoming a great football team in the very near future," Hufnagel said. "I've really enjoyed Dave's growth since he's become a football coach and with what he and his staff have accomplished since he became an offensive co-ordinator has been excellent work."

Dave Dickenson (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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