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Bombers bring back Pierce as coach

Winnipeg, MB ( - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have brought back quarterback Buck Pierce, this time as a coach.

Pierce will join head coach Mike O'Shea's staff as the running backs coach.

"Buck has been through the trenches as a quarterback in this league. He has great experience, and will be a valued asset to our coaching staff," said O'Shea. "He will be able to relate to our players very well, and the ability to add a former CFL quarterback to our staff was important to us. He will be a great teacher to our running backs and a strength to our offensive staff."

Pierce retired earlier this week after nine seasons with the Bombers and BC Lions. He played five years with the Lions from 2005-09, then spent 3 1/2 years in Winnipeg before being sent back to British Columbia last September.

"Deciding not to play anymore was a difficult decision, but having the opportunity to rejoin the Bombers in a coaching role was really a perfect fit," said Pierce. "I am thrilled they wanted me to be a part of what I believe will be a great thing here in Winnipeg. I said when I was traded that I hoped one day I would be back in some capacity, and today is a really special day for my family and me."

Pierce, who now makes his home in Winnipeg, threw for 15,289 yards with 76 touchdowns in 130 career games. He won a Grey Cup title with the Lions in 2006 and helped Winnipeg to the championship game in 2011.

03/07 10:02:55 ET

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