Richie Hall returns for his third season as Defensive Coordinator of the Blue Bombers to continue his long association with the Canadian Football League, first as a player and now as a coach.
The Bombers led the CFL in interceptions for the second straight season with 24 and finished second in turnovers forced with 42. Over the past two years, the defence has forced 101 turnovers, more than any other CFL team.
The 2017 Bombers defence also finished third in quarterback pressures with 116 and fifth overall in points allowed at 27.3 points per game, while three players – safety Taylor Loffler, halfback T.J. Heath and cornerback Chris Randle – were all named to the CFL All-Star Team.
Hall’s defence also set record after record in 2016; they crushed the season record for takeaways with an astounding 55 – including 30 interceptions – 13 more than the second best team in that category, and were second in points allowed, while Heath and Loffler were both named CFL All-Stars in their rookie seasons.
Hall’s first season as the club’s defensive boss saw three first-year defensive players excel: Defensive end Jamaal Westerman finished second in the league in sacks with 17; defensive back Johnny Adams finished tied for the league lead in interceptions with six; and linebacker Khalil Bass finished with 102 tackles – the most ever by a first-year Bomber and one of only five times a Bomber defender has broken 100 tackles.
Hall saw major success with the Saskatchewan Roughriders prior to joining Winnipeg, winning the Grey Cup in 2013 while posting the league’s number one ranked defence. The league-low 398 points allowed was the lowest total by the Riders since 2002 and second lowest total since the CFL moved to an 18-game schedule in 1986. The team led the league with 24 interceptions while allowing a league-low 36 touchdowns.
Hall is a three-time Grey Cup Champion and captured two of the three as a Defensive Coordinator (2007, 2012).
Previous to his time in Regina, Hall was the Head Coach of the Edmonton Eskimos for two seasons (2009, 2010), recording a 16-20 mark and making the playoffs in his first of two seasons there.
Hall was part of the Riders coaching staff for 15 seasons prior to joining Edmonton, spending eight years as Defensive Coordinator and developing a reputation for fielding a top defence year after year.
Before moving into his coaching role, Hall spent nine years playing in the CFL including four seasons with the Roughriders from 1988-1991. He was also a key member of the Roughriders’ 1989 Grey Cup Championship team. During his nine-year career, Hall saw action in 153 regular season CFL games. He was a member of the Western Division All-Star Team on four occasions; 1983 and 1986 with the Calgary Stampeders, and 1988 and 1990 in Saskatchewan. Hall was also named All-CFL for Outstanding Rookie Performance in 1983 with the Stampeders. In 1990, Roughrider fans voted Hall the Roughriders’ Most Popular Player. He was named as the Club’s nominee for Outstanding Defensive Player in 1988.
Hall was born in San Antonio, Texas. He played college football at Colorado State University for the Rams and signed with the Stampeders as a free agent in 1983 following his college career.
With a continued commitment to community involvement, Hall was recognized by the CFLPA in 1990 by winning the Tom Pate award for his outstanding dedication to the CFL, the community and his performances on the field.