Redblacks part ways with LaPolice amid 3-win season
The Ottawa Redblacks fired head coach Paul LaPolice on Saturday.
"I have enjoyed working with Paul and thank him for his contributions to this team over the past two seasons; today isn't an easy day," said general manager Shawn Burke. "In this business, sometimes a change is required to help move a team forward, and that's what we've done here."
Special teams coordinator Bob Dyce will serve as interim head coach.
"Although I am disappointed in what has happened, I understand that each year in pro sports, coaches are fired," LaPolice said in a statement obtained by 3DownNation. "I am accountable for our record and we have not won enough games this season."
Burke and Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group CEO Mark Goudie are expected to hold a press conference Monday.
The Redblacks hired LaPolice as their head coach in 2019 after he served as the offensive coordinator for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He didn't make his coaching debut until 2021 after the league canceled the 2020 campaign due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
LaPolice led Ottawa to a fourth-place finish in the East Division with a 3-11 record in his first year at the helm. The 52-year-old couldn't change the franchise's fortunes to start the 2022 season after a 0-6 start.
The Redblacks lost 34-19 to the BC Lions on Friday, dropping their record to 3-11 on the season. Ottawa compiled a 6-26 record during LaPolice's tenure.