Jeff Tedford — the former Fresno State quarterback and assistant who was cut loose earlier this month as offensive coordinator with Tampa Bay of the NFL — is the new coach of the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League.
Tedford officially was announced as the 25th head coach in club history Friday. He has CFL and other NFL experience, though he enjoyed many of his biggest years as head coach at Cal from 2002-12.
“Jeff has competed on football’s biggest stages and achieved great success,” Lions VP of football operations and GM Wally Buono said. “It speaks volumes about our organization and our league that a coach of Jeff’s stature and appeal has chosen the Lions as his next great challenge.”
Tedford set a Cal record for victories while going 82-57 and won five of eight bowl games during that run and a share of the Pac-10 title in 2006. His 2007 Golden Bears climbed as high as No. 2 in the nation.
“I am excited and honored to be the head coach of the BC Lions,” Tedford said. “The Canadian Football League has remained close to my heart since my days as a player and as an assistant in Calgary. Joining the Lions today is the beginning of a new chapter and I look forward to the challenge of bringing a championship to BC.”
After graduating from Fresno State, Tedford quarterbacked in the CFL from 1983-88 with stops in Hamilton, Calgary, Saskatchewan and Winnipeg. He worked with and under Buono in Calgary as an offensive assistant from 1989-91.
Tedford went on to serve as an assistant at Fresno State (1992-97) and Oregon (1998-2001), tutoring a number of future NFL quarterbacks including Aaron Rodgers, Trent Dilfer, David Carr, Akili Smith, Joey Harrington and Kyle Boller.
At Tampa Bay, Tedford took an indefinite in September after undergoing a coronary angioplasty prior to the season. His departure from the Buccaneers to pursue other opportunities was announced Dec. 5.
• The CFL season runs from June through November.
• Tedford was inducted into the Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame in November, though was not in attendance as he recovered from his medical procedure.