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« on: April 02, 2022, 11:28:13 PM »

"There's a slew of reasons for jumping at an opportunity like this" - Ed Tait

It was April of 2020 and Jason Hogan settled into his chair for his virtual coaches' clinic presentation to a group of football tutors from different levels across the country. Little did he know the session would ultimately be the start of something with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Among the assembled for Hogan's session - he was then the Universite de Montreal Carabins running backs coach and assistant offensive coordinator - was Blue Bombers assistant coach Buck Pierce, then the club's freshly-minted offensive coordinator.

What's the old saying about never knowing who is watching, or who you might be inspiring?"
"It's a small football world and we all have connections," began the Blue Bombers new running backs coach in a chat with "And although this connection with Buck was from my outer circle and not my immediate connections, he has coached with people who I worked with during my time with the (Montreal) Alouettes.

"But, yes, I guess it could be seen now as a bit of a job interview. What's funny is Winnipeg's offence has always been one of my favourites to study and watch because they are a little exotic. They do some things well and they seem like a creative group. I can't wait to get out there. I'm really ready to dive into this thing and work with a great group of guys."

Hogan was officially welcomed aboard by the club last Friday and he'll replace Pete Costanza, who left to join the Toronto Argonauts, as the one change to Mike O'Shea's coaching staff for 2022.

A Montreal product who was part of Laval's Vanier Cup championship squad in 2006 as a quarterback - ?I was more a Streveler type? he explained - Hogan has worked his way up the coaching ladder to get to the Blue Bombers. After his playing days he began coaching at the CGEP level in Quebec before landing a gig with the Alouettes in 2016 as an offensive assistant while also working in the club's ticketing department and as a youth football program coordinator in helping organize the Anthony Calvillo Leadership Academy for Quarterbacks.

"It's a different path," he said with a chuckle."But it got me to where I am today."

And there is more on Coach Hogan here!

"You can't let praise or criticism get to you. It's a weakness to get caught up in either one." - John Wooden
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