Struggling Ottawa Redblacks hearth head coach Paul LaPolice

The Ottawa Redblacks fired head coach Paul LaPolice on Saturday.

The transfer comes after Ottawa dropped a 34-19 choice Friday night time to the B.C. Lions. The Redblacks have misplaced three straight video games and sport the CFL’s worst document at 3-11.

Particular-teams co-ordinator Bob Dyce takes over head-coaching duties on an interim foundation.

“I’ve loved working with Paul and thank him for his contributions to this group over the previous two seasons; right this moment is not a straightforward day,” Redblacks GM Shawn Burke stated in an announcement. “On this enterprise, generally a change is required to assist transfer a group ahead and that is what we have finished right here.

“We’re lucky to have a coach of Bob Dyce’s calibre and expertise in a position to step up and tackle this position.”

LaPolice stated he understood the transfer.

“Though I’m upset in what has occurred, I perceive that every yr in professional sports activities, coaches are fired,” he stated in an announcement. “I’m accountable for our document and now we have not received sufficient video games this season.

“I wish to thank Roger Greenberg and the remainder of the possession group, in addition to  Mark Goudie and Adrian Sciarra.  The management at OSEG are prime notch character individuals who have been extraordinarily supportive and had been a dream to work for.”

And LaPolice had nothing however reward for Burke.

“A story might be written that I used to be not Shawn Burke’s man as a result of he didn’t rent me, that can not be farther from the reality,” LaPolice stated. “Since his opening press convention, he has been an impressive supportive basic supervisor who at all times look to search out options and it was a pleasure to work with him this previous yr.”

LaPolice was in his second season as Ottawa’s head coach, having registered an total 6-22 document with the CFL membership. He was employed in December 2019 after serving because the offensive co-ordinator of the Gray Cup-champion Winnipeg Blue Bombers however did not take to the sphere till 2021 because the league did not play in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Paul is a superb man who has put every thing he has into this job,” stated Goudie, the president/CEO of Ottawa Sports activities and Leisure Group, which owns the CFL membership. “However, sadly, we haven’t received practically sufficient video games.

“We’re dedicated to getting again to what RNation deserves which is thrilling and profitable soccer.”

LaPolice, 52, was in his second stint as a CFL head coach, having served in that capability with Winnipeg (2010-12). He compiled a 16-28 document with the Bombers for an total mark of 22-50 over 5 campaigns as a head coach within the league.

Over his earlier 4 seasons as a CFL head coach, LaPolice’s groups had made the playoffs simply as soon as. The Bombers reached the 2011 Gray Cup sport earlier than dropping 34-23 to the B.C. Lions at BC Place Stadium.

Regardless of its document, Ottawa stays in playoff competition within the East Division. The Redblacks enter motion Saturday trailing second-place Montreal (6-7) by six factors and are simply two factors behind third-place Hamilton (4-10).

The Alouettes go to the Edmonton Elks on Saturday night time whereas Hamilton is idle.

Ottawa will play a home-and-home with Montreal beginning Thanksgiving Monday (Oct. 10) earlier than ending its common season with a home-and-home versus Hamilton.

Ottawa went 3-11 in LaPolice’s first season as head coach. However optimism was excessive within the Canadian capital this yr after Burke, in his first season as GM, made numerous low season strikes, together with signing free-agent quarterback Jeremiah Masoli.

Ottawa opened the season with three straight defeats earlier than Masoli suffered a critical knee harm in a 28-13 loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders on July 8. The 34-year-old American has been sidelined since.

And the Redblacks offence, below LaPolice’s steerage, has struggled mightily with consistency. The unit is ranked final total in offensive factors (19.5 per sport) and offensive TDs (21).

Ottawa has additionally been winless at dwelling (0-6) and is 2-4 throughout the East Division this season.

“I can’t thank sufficient the gamers, coaches, and workers that I had the honour and privilege to work with the previous few years,” LaPolice stated. “The gamers are really the perfect and most useful a part of the Canadian Soccer League and the Redblacks gamers are prime notch excessive character people who will proceed to symbolize OSEG locally with honour and sophistication.

“I’ve liked my time with the folks of this soccer group, I liked my time interacting with the folks of Ottawa and I’ll now like to spend some a lot wanted time with the household.”

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This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Sept. 30, 2022.

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