Kevin Bourgoin returns in 2024 for his seventh season with the club and fourth as the receivers coach after previously working with the running backs.
The receiving corps enjoyed another sensational season in 2023 as Dalton Schoen followed up his CFL Most Outstanding Rookie season of 2022 by pulling in 71 receptions for 1,222 yards and a league-leading 10 touchdowns, with Nic Demski posting the first 1,000-yard season of his career (67-1,006), Kenny Lawler finishing with 50 catches for 901 yards and six TDs in just 12 games, Drew Wolitarsky posting career-best numbers (47-668-6) and Rasheed Bailey adding another 508 yards and six scores.
In 2022 Schoen, in addition to being named the top rookie, paced the league in receiving yards (1,441) and touchdowns (16) while being named to the CFL All-Star team while Demski was a West Division All-Star as the Blue Bombers lead the league in offensive touchdowns (58) and passing TDs (44).
The Blue Bombers were extremely productive offensively in 2021, Bourgoin’s first as the team’s receiving coach. The offence led the league in scoring and finished second in passing touchdowns with 21. The receiving corps enjoyed a great deal of individual success as well, with Kenny Lawler leading the league in yardage and being named to the CFL All-Star team, Bailey posting career-best numbers and Demski being named the club’s Most Outstanding Canadian and a West Division All-Star.
Previously during Bourgoin’s days as the running backs coach, the Blue Bombers had incredible success running the ball from 2016-19, with Andrew Harris winning three consecutive rushing titles and the Bombers leading the league with 147.9 yards rushing in 2019, after leading the league in the same category in both 2017 and 2018. Winnipeg’s 2,663 yards rushing in 2019 was the most by the club since 1965, when the team rushed for 3,005 yards in a 16-game season.
Winnipeg averaged 134.9 yards rushing per game in 2018, as Harris set a career high with 1,390 yards along the ground. The Bombers also paced the CFL with 23 rushing touchdowns.
In 2017, his first season in the position, Bourgoin helped the Bombers become the leading rushing unit in the CFL with an average of 101.3 yards per game. Harris led the league in rushing yards at 1,035 to earn his first career rushing title and set a new CFL record for receptions by a running back with 105, earning the league’s Most Outstanding Canadian Player Award in the process.
Prior to joining the Bombers, Bourgoin was the associate head coach for the University of Maine from March 2007 to January 2016. In that span, he was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He also spent time coaching wide receivers, tight ends, and fullbacks at Maine from 2005-2006. In total, Bourgoin spent 15 seasons at the University of Maine, coaching a variety of offensive positions. He has also held the position of receivers coach at Brown University for five seasons. Bourgoin started his coaching career at Colby in 1997, coaching receivers and tight ends.