Jerry Friesen joins the Langley Rams staff out of the University of British Columbia, where he was the Thunderbirds Defensive Coordinator and Academic Coach for the past two seasons.
Jerry is a legendary and highly respected person in the Canadian Football community and has 28 years of coaching experience in the CFL and CIS, the native of Rosthern Saskatchewan was presented with the Frank Tindall Trophy as CIS Coach of the Year in 2004, after leading his University of Alberta Golden Bears to a 7-1 record and Canada West first place finish.
Friesen was an assistant coach at the University of Saskatchewan, his Alma Mater, from 1986 to 1995 and helped the Huskies win the Vanier Cup in 1990. He joined the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders staff as linebackers coach in 1996 and was the Defensive Coordinator of the University of Calgary Dinos from 1997 to 2000. Jerry took over as Head Coach of the Alberta Golden Bears program in 2001 and led them to three consecutive Hardy Cup Appearances (2003-2005), he ran the Golden Bears program for 10 seasons (2001-2010) and then returned to the Roughriders as an assistant coach in 2011, Jerry then headed for the West Coast and joined the UBC staff in the spring of 2013.
Friesen played Junior Football for the Saskatoon Hilltops and then attended the University of Saskatchewan, where he was a two time CIS All Canadian Linebacker for the Huskies.
Jerry was drafted by the Montreal Alouettes in 1978 and played three seasons there before returning to his home province as a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, where he played five seasons and was honoured with the CFL’s Tom Pate Award for Community Service in 1985.
Friesen was placed on the University of Saskatchewan Huskies Wall of Fame in 1994 and inducted to the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.