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FOOTBALL OPERATIONS

Brendan Taman
Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager

Taman enters his fifth year as General Manager of the Green and White and sixth season since returning to the Riders in June of 2009. In his current role, Taman manages all aspects of the Roughriders roster and Football Operations. 2014 will mark the 27th season working in the CFL for the Saskatoon native.  

In January 2013, Taman orchestrated a trade acquiring Geroy Simon, the CFL’s All-Time Leading Receiver and then locked up free agents Tyron Brackenridge, Dwight Anderson, Ricky Foley and Renauld Williams in February. Setting the stage for what would be a memorable 2013 season. The team went on to finish with an 11-7 regular season record before beating B.C. and Calgary in the playoffs, earning a birth in the 101st Grey Cup Game. The Green and White went on to win 45-23 in front of 44,710 spectators at Mosaic Stadium.

It was Taman’s first Grey Cup championship.      

Taman had a busy winter heading into the 2012 season. He filled a vacancy by hiring current Head Coach Corey Chamblin and completed an overhaul of the previous year’s roster by adding CFL veterans like Dominic Picard and Brendon Labatte while adding new talent like Kory Sheets, Xavier Fulton and Terrell Maze. The 2012 Canadian Draft saw the Riders select stalwarts Ben Heenan and Sam Hurl. 

Prior to returning to his home province of Saskatchewan to work for the Green and White, Taman spent ten years working in the Winnipeg Blue Bomber organization, the last five of which were as the team’s General Manager and Vice-President of Football Operations.

He spent the 1997 and 1998 seasons as the Director of Player Personnel with the B.C. Lions. Before that, he spent four seasons (1993-1996) as Assistant Director of Player Personnel with the Roughriders. From 1989-1992, Taman was Operations Manager for Football with the Ottawa Rough Riders. His first stint in the CFL was with the Green and White in 1987 when he was hired as Player Personnel Assistant.

Taman has appeared in four Grey Cup Championship games in the past seven years and over the course of his career has brought a number of noteworthy players into the CFL including Geroy Simon, Romby Bryant, Jon Ryan, and Doug Brown.

  

Jeremy O'Day
Assistant General Manager

 

O’Day is entering his third year as the Riders Assistant General Manager.  He moved into the front office after retiring as a player in February 2011, accepting the position of Football Operations Coordinator.

O’Day currently assists in many day to day football operation activities, including player/roster evaluations, contract negotiations, coordinating training camp, minicamps and free agent camps.  He also assists in the scouting of NFL, NCAA, and CIS games.

O’Day originally joined the Toronto Argonauts in 1997 after graduating from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania where he was a three time All American Division II Player.  He spent two seasons with Toronto and was a member of the 1997 Grey Cup Championship Team.

In 1999, O’Day signed in Saskatchewan and spent the next 12 seasons in the middle of the Riders offensive line.  His 202 regular season games played ranks him 12th on the club’s all-time games played list.  He also played in 16 playoff games and three Grey Cup games, helping the team win the championship in 2007.

Known for his fierce competitiveness and leadership on and off the field, O’Day was named a division all-star six times and CFL all-star three times.  He was also the Riders nominee for the Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman four times. 

Off the field, O’Day spent countless hours in the community, which was recognized by the CFL in 2008 when he was named the Tom Pate Award recipient which goes to the player with outstanding sportsmanship, who made a contribution to his team, as well as, to his community. 

He is a three time Grey Cup champion after being a member of the Riders 2013 win.

Jeremy, his wife Dana and their three children Tyson, Brooklyn and Alyssa make Regina their year-round home.  

  

Craig Smith

Director of Player Personnel

Smith is entering his fifth season with the Green and White as the Director of Player Personnel. 

Prior to joining the Riders, Smith spent a total of eight seasons with the B.C. Lions in a capacity of roles within their player personnel department. He entered the CFL in 1999 when he first joined the Lions as a guest coach. Smith also spent three seasons as the director of player personnel for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats from 2005-2007 before returning to the Lions for the 2008 season as a scout. 

Smith is responsible for the identification and evaluation of collegiate and junior players across Canada and the United States. He plays an integral role in the Riders selections during the CFL Canadian Draft.  

Craig and his wife Kathy now make Regina their year-round home.

  

Ivan Gutfriend
Director, Athletic Therapy

Gutfriend is entering his 37th season as the team’s athletic therapist. He has been with the Roughriders since 1978. He was named head athletic therapist in 1981. Gutfriend is responsible for the day-to-day treatment and rehabilitation needs of all Roughrider players and coaches. He also oversees programs designed to maintain the team’s health and welfare. Gutfriend received undergraduate degrees from the University of Saskatchewan and completed a Master’s degree in Athletic Training from Indiana University. He is a certified athletic therapist through the Canadian Athletic Therapist Association.

He has been with the team for Grey Cup championships in 1989, 2007 and 2013.

Ivan and his wife Marie Anne live in Regina year round and have two daughters, Dori and Brandi.

  

Gordon Gilroy
Equipment Manager

Gilroy is entering his sixth season as the equipment manager for the Green and White. He originally joined the team in 2005, spending four years under long time equipment manager Norm Fong.

Gilroy is responsible for properly outfitting the players with the safest and most advanced equipment as well as ordering and maintaining all the team’s equipment, jerseys and sideline apparel.

The Regina native and Thom Collegiate graduate played an integral role in the design of the reengineered Roughriders jersey's.

  

Terry Baskier
Football Research and Development Coordinator 

 

 

 
Dave Dunster
Manager, Video Systems
 

                                    

   
Strength & Conditioning Coordinator       Dan Farthing
Executive Assistant Cheryl McLean-Keil
Assistant Athletic Therapist Trevor Len
Seasonal Training Assistant  Alistair Wilson
Assistant Equipment Manager   Mike MacNeil
Head Video Assistant Alex Smith Jr.
Video Assistant Chris Rewniak
Head Physician Dr. R. McDougall
Team Doctors Dr. B. Elliott
  Dr. J. Fraser
  Dr. M. Heroux
Team Dentist Dr. Zimmer
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Final
Sun 2:00 pm CST August 31, 2014
Who earned the Riders game ball in Sunday's 35-30 victory over the Bombers?

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