Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
The 2024 season will be the 10th for Pierce as a member of the team’s coaching staff and fourth as the offensive coordinator.
One of the team’s most-popular players during his days as the starting quarterback from 2010-13, Pierce has made a smooth and successful transition to coaching.
Pierce worked his way up the coaching ladder, serving as running backs coach and quarterbacks coach with the Blue Bombers before being named the offensive coordinator and signal caller in 2020.
The lost 2020 season due to the pandemic meant Pierce had to wait patiently to run the offence, but since then the Blue Bombers offence has been one of the Canadian Football League’s most dynamic attacks.
Last season Winnipeg’s offence finished first in points per game (31.7), offensive touchdowns (62), net offence (414.7), rushing (139.1) and second in passing (292.4) as Brady Oliveira captured the CFL rushing crown while Zach Collaros led the league in passing TDs.
In 2022 the Blue Bombers finished first in the league offensive touchdowns (58), second in offensive points (28.2 per game), first in second-down conversion percentage (56.2%), first in first downs (401), second in sacks allowed (29) while turning over the ball just 23 times, lowest in the CFL.
As well, veteran quarterback Collaros has had his three best seasons as a professional working with Pierce, and was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player in both 2021 and 2022.
Prior to being named the offensive coordinator, Pierce played a key role in helping every pivot who has walked into the QB room, including regular starters like Collaros, Matt Nichols and Chris Streveler — along with Dru Brown and Dakota Prukop over the past two years.
The 2019 campaign was particularly challenging, and rewarding, as the Blue Bombers ended a 28-year championship drought while using three different starting quarterbacks in Collaros, Nichols and Streveler.
During his time as the quarterback coach Pierce helped Nichols move into the club’s Top 10 passing yardage list while posting career-best statistics. Pierce also 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 became one of the league’s most dangerous two-way threats at the position before he headed south to the National Football League.
Buck retired from the CFL on March 4, 2014 and three days after that announcement joined the Blue 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.
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.