Richie Hall
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Hall in 2007
Born: (1960-10-04) October 4, 1960 (age 63)
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Career information
CFL statusAmerican
Position(s)Defensive coach
Height5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Weight160 lb (73 kg)
CollegeColorado State
Career history
As coach
19942000Saskatchewan Roughriders
(Defensive Secondary)
20012008Saskatchewan Roughriders
(Defensive coordinator)
20092010Edmonton Eskimos
(Head coach)
2010Edmonton Eskimos
(Defensive coordinator)
20112014Saskatchewan Roughriders
(Defensive coordinator)
20152023Winnipeg Blue Bombers
(Defensive coordinator)
2024–presentWinnipeg Blue Bombers
(Defensive coach)
As player
19831987Calgary Stampeders
19881991Saskatchewan Roughriders
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star1983
CFL West All-Star1983, 1986, 1988, 1990
AwardsTom Pate Memorial Award (1990)

Richie Hall (born October 4, 1960) is a defensive assistant coach for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played professionally as a Canadian football defensive back for nine seasons for the Calgary Stampeders and Saskatchewan Roughriders where he was a CFL All-Star in 1983 and a four-time divisional All-Star. He is a five-time Grey Cup champion, once as a player and four times as a defensive coordinator. He was formerly the head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos from 2009 to 2010.

Early years

Hall was born October 4, 1960, in San Antonio, Texas. He was in a car accident as a child that catapulted him through the windshield of the car and nearly killed him, leaving him with permanent scars above his right eye.

He was a star two-way American football player in high school despite his height of just 5 feet 6 inches (1.68 m).[1]

College career

Hall was a walk on college football player at Colorado State University, where he majored in social work.[1] He played for the Rams from 1980 to 1982.[2]

Professional career

Calgary Stampeders

Hall originally signed with the Calgary Stampeders in May 1983 and, in his rookie season, was a CFL All-Star defensive back, playing in 16 games recording four interceptions and two fumble recoveries.[3] He also returned 50 punts on special teams for 561 yards including one touchdown and one kickoff return for 12 yards. He earned West Division All-Star honours in the 1986 CFL season for his defensive work recording four sacks, eight interceptions for 116 yards, and one fumble recovery for 50 yards. He also returned 16 punts that year for 260 yards.[4][5]

Saskatchewan Roughriders

Hall was traded to the Saskatchewan Roughriders in May 1988 for a fourth-round pick in the 1989 CFL Draft and returned as a 1988 CFL season and 1990 CFL season West Division All-Star.[4][5] He won his first Grey Cup championship in 1989.[4]

In all, he appeared in 153 career regular-season games between 1983 and 1991 playing both defensive back and punt returner, was a four-time West Division all-star, a League All-Star in 1983, and was selected for the Tom Pate Memorial Award in 1990.[6][7]

After being released by the Roughriders, Hall used his social work degree and got a job at Regina's Cornwall Alternative School for high-risk kids and joined Regina's Archbishop M.C. O'Neill High School football coaching staff in 1993 before embarking on his professional coaching career.[1][8]

Coaching career

Saskatchewan Roughriders

In 1994, Hall was hired by the Saskatchewan Roughriders to coach their defensive backfield and worked his way up to defensive coordinator by 2000. He gained a reputation as one of the top minds for defensive schemes in the CFL and served as Saskatchewan's defensive coordinator for eight years including the 95th Grey Cup victory for Saskatchewan in 2007.[1] His 2008 Saskatchewan Roughriders defence finished the season with the best in fewest yards allowed (354 per game), second in pass defence (266 yards per game) and fewest passing TDs allowed (28) and third in fewest TDs (44) and points allowed (25.1 per game).[7]

Edmonton Eskimos

Hall interviewed for at least seven head coaching positions beginning after the 2004 CFL season and, on December 17, 2008, Hall was hired as the head coach for the Edmonton Eskimos, the first black head coach in the Edmonton Eskimos history. When looking for a new coach, Eskimos General Manager Danny Maciocia said he asked his quarterbacks to name the toughest defensive co-ordinator they've played against and was given the unanimous response of Richie Hall.[7][9][10]

Hall has said that he wants his players to enjoy the game, work hard, appreciate everything, and take nothing for granted. "I want our players to have a selfless attitude. I want them to be there for each other," Hall said. "I like to think football is a way for them to live their lives."[1]

Richie Hall at the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 2019 Grey Cup parade.

During his first training camp as head coach, arguably the most competitive battle was between Tumbo Abanikanda and Mark Restelli for the starting weakside linebacker spot.[11][12] Hall stated that he hoped the battle would end when,"one player outperforms the other player".[13] Eventually, Abanikanda was released with Restelli winning the job.[14]

On November 12, 2010, Hall was fired as the Eskimos head coach after two seasons coaching the team.

Saskatchewan Roughriders (II)

On February 1, 2011, it was announced that Hall had rejoined the Roughriders as their defensive coordinator.[15] He won his third Grey Cup following the team's victory in the 101st Grey Cup in 2013.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Hall was hired as the defensive coordinator for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on January 20, 2015.[16] After missing the playoffs in 2015, the Blue Bombers made the playoffs for each season that Hall served as defensive coordinator, and played in for consecutive Grey Cups, including two championship victories in 2019 and 2021. On January 8, 2024, it was announced that Jordan Younger had been promoted to defensive coordinator, but that Hall would remain on the defensive coaching staff.[17]

CFL coaching record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Result
EDM 2009 9 9 0 .500 3rd in West Division 0 1 Lost West Semi-Final
EDM 2010 7 11 0 .388 4th in West Division Missed Playoffs
Total 16 20 0 .444 0 West Division
0 1 0 Grey Cups


  1. ^ a b c d e Maki, Allan (June 14, 2009). "Hall finds faith rewarded in Edmonton". Globe and Mail. Canada. Retrieved June 25, 2009.
  2. ^ "Richie Hall". Retrieved January 8, 2024.
  3. ^ Canadian Football League 2007 Facts, Figures & Records. Canadian Football League. p. 219. ISBN 978-0-9739425-2-1.
  4. ^ a b c "Richie Hall". CFLapedia. Retrieved January 8, 2024.
  5. ^ a b Canadian Football League 2007 Facts, Figures & Records. Canadian Football League. p. 224. ISBN 978-0-9739425-2-1.
  6. ^ "Richie Hall: Head Coach". Football Operations. Edmonton Eskimos Football Club. Archived from the original on February 7, 2009. Retrieved June 25, 2009.
  7. ^ a b c Canadian Press (December 17, 2008). "Eskimos name Hall as new head coach". Retrieved June 25, 2009.
  8. ^ "Coaching & Football Staff". Saskatchewan Roughriders 2007 Fact Book. Saskatchewan Roughriders Football Club. 2007. p. 12.
  9. ^ "Report: Maciocia to lead Eskimos". December 4, 2004. Retrieved June 26, 2009.
  10. ^ Vanstone, Rob (November 27, 2008). "Richie Hall the perfect candidate for the Argos". The Leader-Post. Archived from the original on November 5, 2009. Retrieved June 25, 2009.
  11. ^ Annicchiarico, Mario (June 18, 2009). "Rookie QBs may be keepers". The Edmonton Journal. Archived from the original on June 21, 2009. Retrieved June 24, 2009.
  12. ^ Annicchiarico, Mario (June 17, 2009). "'Tired of beating up on each other'". The Edmonton Journal. Retrieved June 24, 2009.
  13. ^ Moddejonge, Gerry (June 21, 2009). "Strong battle on weak side". Edmonton Sun. Archived from the original on May 27, 2011. Retrieved June 24, 2009.
  14. ^ MacKinnon, John (June 26, 2009). "Eskimos' front office has depth". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved June 27, 2009.[dead link]
  15. ^ "Roughriders name Richie Hall new defensive coordinator". Archived from the original on February 4, 2011.
  16. ^ "Richie Hall hired as Blue Bombers' defensive coordinator | CBC News".
  17. ^ "Blue Bombers announce coaching staff changes". Winnipeg Blue Bombers. January 8, 2024.

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