Dave Skrien Date of birth: April 4, 1929 Place of birth: Morris, Minnesota, U.S. Date of death: November 30, 2010(aged 81) Place of death: Mound, Minnesota, U.S. Career information CFL status: Import Position(s): FB/LB College: Minnesota Organizations As administrator: 1988-1995 Minnesota football administrative assistant and recruiting coordinator As coach: 1955
Albert Lea High School
Ball State Assistant Coach
Minnesota Assistant Coach
BC Lions Backfield Coach
Boise State College Assistant Coach
Edmonton Eskimos Assistant Coach
Memphis Southmen Backfield Coach
Golden Valley Lutheran College
As player: 1953
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Skrien's first coaching job was at Albert Lea High School where he spent one season as head coach. From there he served as an assistant at Ball State and Minnesota before returning to the CFL as the BC Lions backfield coach in 1959. Skrien was elevated to the Lions' head coaching position during the 1961 season after an 0–6–1 start. In his six seasons as the Lions head coach, Skrien's teams had a record of 42–47–5 and played in two Grey Cup Games, winning one (52nd). He also won the Annis Stukus Trophy in 1963 as the CFL coach of the year. Skrien was fired in 1967 after an 0–5 start.
After one season as an assistant coach at Boise State College, Skrien returned to the CFL as an assistant coach with the Edmonton Eskimos. When head coach Neill Armstrong left the Eskimos at the end of the season, management decided to promote the less experienced Ray Jauch to the head coaching position and Skrien did not return to Edmonton.
On December 29, 1970, Skrien was hired by the Saskatchewan Roughriders to replace head coach Eagle Keys. In his two seasons in Regina, the Roughriders had a 16–14–1 record and made the 1972 Grey Cup. Skrien resigned following the 1972 season.
In 1975, Skrien was hired by former CFL coach and executive Leo Cahill to coach the offensive backfield of the Memphis Southmen, which included Larry Csonka and Jim Kiick. After the World Football League folded, Skiren returned to his native Minnesota to coach Golden Valley Lutheran College. One of his players at GVLC was Nelson Simpson, who later wrestled under the name Nikita Koloff. In 1988, Skiren returned to his alma mater Minnesota as a football administrative assistant and recruiting coordinator. He retired after the 1995 season, but remains involved with Golden Gophers football.
CFL coaching record
Team Year Regular Season Post Season Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Result BC 1961 1 7 1 .125 5th in Western Football Conference - - Missed Playoffs BC 1962 7 9 0 .438 4th in Western Football Conference - - Missed Playoffs BC 1963 12 4 0 .750 1st in Western Football Conference 2 2 Lost Grey Cup BC 1964 11 2 3 .846 1st in Western Football Conference 3 1 Won Grey Cup BC 1965 6 9 1 .400 4th in Western Football Conference - - Missed Playoffs BC 1966 5 11 0 .313 5th in Western Football Conference - - Missed Playoffs BC 1967 0 5 0 .000 5th in Western Football Conference - - Fired SSK 1971 9 6 1 .600 2nd in Western Football Conference 1 2 Lost in Conference Finals SSK 1972 8 8 0 .500 3rd in Western Football Conference 2 1 Lost Grey Cup
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