FOOTBALL OPERATIONS | Saskatchewan Roughriders

Brendan Taman
Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager

Taman enters his sixth year as General Manager of the Green and White and seventh 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. 2015 will mark the 28th 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 eight years and over the course of his career has brought a number of noteworthy players into the CFL including Kory Sheets, Geroy Simon, Romby Bryant, Jon Ryan, and Doug Brown.



Jeremy O'Day
Assistant General Manager and Director, Football Operations

O’Day is entering his fourth 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 and Canadian Scouting

Smith is entering his sixth 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 make Regina their year-round home.


Ron Selesky
U.S. Scout

Selesky enters his first season with the Riders as a US Scout bringing over 17 years of professional football management and supervisory experience, including six as a head coach. He spent last season as the assistant head coach with the Cleveland Gladiators of Arena Football League where he was named 2014 AFL Assistant Coach of the Year.

Selesky also spent several years as a lineman at both the collegiate and professional levels. He played his college ball at North Central College before embarking on a career that saw him play two games for the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings in 1987, and attending training camps with the San Diego Chargers in 1988, the Miami Dolphins in 1990, and the Detroit Lions in 1992.    

Ron makes his home in Trussville, Alabama. 


Ivan Gutfriend
Director, Athletic Therapy

Gutfriend is entering his 38th 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 seventh 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 was with the team for the 2007 and 2013 Grey Cup championships. 



Ryan Pollock
Manager, Media Relations and Football Communications



Manager, Football Research and Development Chad Hudson
Manager, Football Administration  Aaron Thompson
Football Consultant  Terry Baskier
Strength and Conditioning Coordinator       Dan Farthing
Executive Assistant Cheryl McLean-Keil
Assistant Athletic Therapist Trevor Len
Seasonal Training Assistant  Alistair Wilson
Seasonal Equipment Assistant Cole Regush
Head Video Assistant Alex Smith Jr.
Quality Control and Video Assistant Nick Bowley
Seasonal Video Assistant Josh Lambert
Head Physician Dr. R. McDougall
Team Doctors Dr. B. Elliott
  Dr. J. Fraser
  Dr. M. Heroux
Team Dentist Dr. Zimmer
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