Edmonton Eskimos defensive co-ordinator Jim Daley announces resignation

Eskimos defensive co-ordinator/defensive line coach Jim Daley announced his resignation on Wednesday.

EDMONTON — Eskimos defensive co-ordinator/defensive line coach Jim Daley announced his resignation on Wednesday.

“Jim felt for personal reasons it was best that he step aside at this time,” Eskimos head coach Richie Hall said in a release. “He worked hard to establish a solid foundation for our defence.

“On a personal note, Jim has played an important role in my coaching career, and it was a privilege to work alongside him this past season. We wish Jim and his family the very best in the future.”

Edmonton lost to Calgary in the division semifinal after finishing the regular season with a 9-9 record. There was no immediate word from the CFL club on a replacement.

Daley has worked for several CFL teams over his long coaching career.

His first position in the league was with the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1991 as a running backs/special teams coach. He spent two more seasons in the nation’s capital as defensive line/special teams co-ordinator.

Daley joined Saskatchewan as defensive co-ordinator/linebackers coach in 1994. He was promoted to head coach in 1996, a position he held until 1998.

Daley was also defensive line coach of the Calgary Stampeders from 2000-’02 and defensive co-ordinator in 2003. In 2004, he joined the Winnipeg Blue Bombers as defensive line/special teams co-ordinator. He later served as interim head coach, a position he took on full-time in 2005.

Daley, who won a Grey Cup with the Stampeders in 2001, also worked for the CFL as the senior adviser of football operations and officiating in 2007.

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