The 2019 season will mark the fourth with the Bombers for Glen Young, and second in a dual role as the linebacker and defensive line coach.
Much of the improvements the Bombers made defensively in 2018 were related to the work of the team’s front seven. Winnipeg finished with the second fewest points allowed (20.8 points per game) while finishing tied for forced turnovers (49) and sacks (45). Those improvements were directly related to linebacker Adam Bighill being named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player.
In 2017, the Bombers defence finished third in the league in both quarterback pressures and turnovers, with 116 pressures and 28 turnovers.
Born in Scarborough, Ont., Young played pro football for 13 years, spending time in both the CFL and National Football League with the Montreal Alouettes, Toronto Argonauts, Edmonton Eskimos, and San Diego Chargers.
Originally drafted by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1992, Young began his pro career with the Chargers in 1995, suiting up for 22 NFL games over two seasons. He came north to the CFL in 1998 with the Argos and suited up for 122 CFL games, registering 262 tackles and seven sacks, and also won two Grey Cups with the Eskimos (2003, 2005) before retiring prior to the start of the 2006 season.
Young joined the Bombers after spending three seasons at The College at Brockport as the team’s defensive coordinator and assistant head coach. Before that, he spent time at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia as the team’s linebackers coach and special-teams coordinator. During his tenure there, the Tigers posted a 41-9 record.