Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
The 2020 season will be the seventh for Pierce as a member of the team’s coaching staff, including four years as the quarterbacks coach and two previously tutoring the running backs.
He has been a highly-pursued assistant across the Canadian Football League over the past few seasons, opting instead to stay in Winnipeg and continue working with the Bombers.
The 2019 campaign was both challenging and rewarding for the Bombers offensively as the club used three different starting quarterbacks following injuries to Matt Nichols and Chris Streveler and the October trade to acquire Zach Collaros, who when went 4-0 in his starts en route to victory in the 107th Grey Cup.
Yet the Bombers still finished second in the CFL in offensive touchdowns in 2019 (45) and third in points (24.6) while leading the league in rushing (147.9 yards per game) and time of possession (32 minutes and two seconds).
The Bombers also finished first in offensive points scored in 2018 despite losing Nichols for three games to open the season, and second in scoring in 2017.
During his most recent time as the Bombers’ quarterback coach, Pierce helped Nichols move into the club’s Top 10 passing yardage list while posting career-best statistics. Pierce played a role in the development of Streveler who, in 2018, not only became the CFL’s first straight-from-college quarterback to start an opener in 24 years, but over the past two seasons became one of the league’s most dangerous two-way threats at the position. As well, following the trade for Collaros, Pierce was instrumental in helping the quarterback in his crash course of the Bombers’ offence for the team’s memorable run in the playoffs.
Buck retired from the CFL on March 4, 2014 and three days after that announcement joined the Bombers coaching staff as the running backs coach, a post he held for two seasons. His nine seasons as a CFL quarterback were played with the Bombers and B.C. Lions, and he finished with 15,289 passing yards with 76 touchdowns in 130 games played.
One of the most popular players to don a Bomber uniform during his playing days, Pierce was traded to the B.C. Lions in September of 2013 after spending close to four seasons in Winnipeg. The Kansas-born pivot became a true Winnipegger throughout that time, laying deep roots in the Manitoba capital, both personally and professionally. He is involved in countless community initiatives including Special Olympics Manitoba, Manitoba Minor Football, Ronald McDonald House, Faces of Freedom, The Dream Factory and United Way after school programs.