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Jerry Friesen

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Jerry Friesen
Date of birth: October 27, 1955
Place of birth: Rosthern, Saskatchewan
Career information
Position(s): LB
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College: University of Saskatchewan
CFL Draft: 1978 / Round: 2
Drafted by: Montreal Alouettes
Organizations
As coach:
1986-95
1996
1997-2000
2001-10
2011
Saskatchewan Huskies
Saskatchewan Roughriders
Calgary Dinos
Alberta Golden Bears
Saskatchewan Roughriders
As player:
1978-80
1981-85
Montreal Alouettes
Saskatchewan Roughriders
Career highlights and awards
Awards: 1985 - Tom Pate Memorial Award

Jerry Friesen is a former award winning linebacker in the Canadian Football League and university coach.[1]

A graduate of University of Saskatchewan, Friesen was 3 time all-star with the Huskies. In 1994 he was inducted into the Huskie Wall of Fame.[2]

He was drafted by the Montreal Alouettes, playing 48 regular season games with them.[3] He then joined his hometown Saskatchewan Roughriders for 5 years, winning the prestigious Tom Pate Memorial Award for outstanding community service in 1985.

Friesen took up coaching after his playing days. He started with alma mater as an assistant coach for the Saskatchewan Huskies for 10 seasons, winning the Vanier Cup in 1990. After a year as linebacker coach with the Green Riders, he was defensive coordinator with the Calgary Dinos. He next spent 10 years as head coach of the Alberta Golden Bears, being named CIS coach of the year in 2004, before he resigned to return to the Riders.

In 2008 he was enshrined in the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame.[4]

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