Jordan Younger returns in 2024 for his sixth season with the Blue Bombers and first as defensive coordinator after being promoted on January 8, 2024.
He had spent the previous five years as the club’s defensive backs coach.
Younger has a growing reputation as one of the brightest minds in the Canadian Football League and had earned a great deal of praise for the work he had done with the Blue Bombers defensive backs in his previous role, which included the back-to-back Grey Cup championships of 2019 and 2021 and berths in the title games in 2022 and 2023.
Winnipeg’s secondary has been a force under Younger’s watch and in 2023 ranked first in passing yardage allowed per game (229.4 yards) and opponent completion percentage against (59.7).
Over the last three seasons, the Blue Bombers have finished first or tied for first in passing yards allowed per game, allowing just 216.4 in 2021, tying with the B.C. Lions at 253 in 2022 and then dropping that number to last season’s 229.4. During Younger’s tenure, the Blue Bombers have had two players lead the league in interceptions in Houston (2023) and Winston Rose (2019) while the club has developed Deatrick Nichols, Evan Holm, Houston, Rose, Brandon Alexander, Dee Alford, Taylor Loffler and Marcus Sayles into all-stars.
Younger came to the Blue Bombers in 2018 after working as the defensive backs coach with the Toronto Argonauts (2015-16) and previously with the Ontario Football Conference’s Oakville Titans and the University of Toronto Varsity Blues.
As a player, Younger’s professional football career spanned 12 years, nine of which were in the Canadian Football League with the Toronto Argonauts (2004-07, 09-12) and Edmonton Eskimos (2008). As an Argonaut, he was a three-time East Division All-Star and two-time CFL All-Star, and a leader both on the field and in the locker room. Younger won two Grey Cup championships with Toronto (2004, 2012). He was also voted the Argonauts’ defensive captain in his final season as a player when he helped the team hoist the 100th Grey Cup in Toronto.
Born in New Jersey, Younger played his college ball at the University of Connecticut. He began his pro football career with the Arizona Cardinals before starring for three seasons in Europe with the Amsterdam Admirals and Rhein Fire. He also spent time with the Washington Redskins and the AFL’s Indiana Firebirds.