WINNIPEG- Winnipeg Blue Bombers braved rain, a strong wind, and chilly 12-degree temperatures on day 3 of training camp, but when the nearly 4-hour session was complete at Investors Group Field, Paul Lapolice talked about how happy he is to be back in the coaching fraternity.
“Well, I went home last night at 10-15, I was in at 6 this morning so it’s a little different than it has been the last few years. It’s my wife’s birthday today and I probably won’t see her until 10 tonite, but I’m really enjoying being back, enjoying the people here, I’m loving Mike (Oshea), and being able to work with Bob Wiley, who I worked with before, Buck, Avon, the entire offensive crew has been outstanding. The players have been great and very welcoming so we’re excited.” said Lapolice.
Lapolice added “It’s been almost 4 years away from the sidelines, so I remember walking out onto the field in rookie camp and that was probably one of the best moments of my return. I’m a coach, but bottom line I’ve been a teacher all my life. That’s what I studied in school, that’s what I think a strength of mine is, teaching. So I just had a ton of fun with these rookies in our big theatre seat room, which is beautiful, and just talking about one-on-ones and how to run, how to get open. I just remember thinking this is something I missed a lot.”
Lapolice says he turned down previous offers from other clubs to become an offensive co-ordinator so he could spend more time with his young family, something the television gig allowed him to do. Lapolice has made Winnipeg his permanent home since 2002 and when the opportunity to return to coaching with the Bombers came up, he said it was a perfect fit.
Blue Bomber head coach Mike O’Shea says he’s thrilled to have Lapolice as his offensive co-ordinator.
“You know he’s got this energy, he’s just so excited to be back on the sidelines, coaching football, having guys that he’s talking to every day, players that he’s with every day. That kind of passion is nice to be around.” said O’Shea.
Lapolice first came to the Bombers back in 2002 as offensive co-ordinator of the Khari Jones-Milt Stegall show. He hopes to recapture some of that magic with the Blue Bombers in 2012.