01/20/2015 11:07 EST | Updated 03/22/2015 05:59 EDT

Richie Hall hired as Blue Bombers' defensive coordinator

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have hired long-time CFL coach Richie Hall as the team’s defensive coordinator.

Hall comes to Winnipeg after being released by the Saskatchewan Roughriders, where he held the same position for the past four seasons. He has more than 20 years of CFL coaching experience, including 12 as a defensive coordinator and two years as head coach for the Edmonton Eskimos.

"Richie Hall has been around our game for almost three decades," Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea said in a news release.

"He knows the league, he knows many different types of defences and how to adjust when needed, and he’s highly respected by his players. Acquiring him to lead our defence is major coup for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers."

Winnipeg fired its defensive coordinator Gary Etcheverry in December, after just one season with the team. The Bombers put up some of the worst numbers in the league last season on the defensive side of the ball.

A three-time Grey Cup Champion (twice as a defensive coordinator and once as a player, all with Saskatchewan), Hall was in charge of the league’s No. 1 ranked defence in 2013, posting a league low 398 points allowed, while leading the league with 24 interceptions, and the lowest touchdowns allowed total with 36.

"This is an amazing opportunity for me as a coach and as a person," Hall stated in the Bombers' news release.

"For years, I have been in this league and watched from afar the passion the city and province have for the Blue Bombers. They really deserve to have a winning football team and all of us on the defensive side of the ball will do everything we can to make that happen."

Before his coaching career began, Hall spent nine years as a defensive back in the CFL with Calgary and Saskatchewan. He was a key member in 'Riders' 1989 Grey Cup win and has been named a division all-star four times.