Dave Skrien

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Dave Skrien
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Born:(1929-04-04)April 4, 1929
Morris, Minnesota
Died:November 30, 2010(2010-11-30) (aged 81)
Mound, Minnesota
Career information
CFL status American
Position(s) FB/LB
College Minnesota
Career history
As administrator
1988–1995 Minnesota football administrative assistant and recruiting coordinator
As coach
1955 Albert Lea HS (MN)
1956–1957 Ball State (assistant)
1958 Minnesota (assistant)
1959–1961 BC Lions (backfield)
1961–1967 BC Lions
1968 Boise State College (assistant)
1969 Edmonton Eskimos (assistant)
1971–1972 Saskatchewan Roughriders
1975 Memphis Southmen (backfield)
1977–1984 Golden Valley Lutheran College
As player
1953 Saskatchewan Roughriders
1953–1954 Winnipeg Blue Bombers

David Albert Skrien (April 4, 1929 – November 30, 2010) was a Canadian Football League player and coach.

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Skrien graduated from Morris High School (1946) and Minnesota (1950) where he played fullback and linebacker. He played two seasons in the CFL before becoming a coach.

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, playing in Vancouver but losing to Hamilton in 1963 (BC's first Grey Cup appearance), and then winning the 1964 Grey Cup (52nd) by defeating Hamilton in Toronto. He also won the Annis Stukus Trophy in 1963 as the CFL coach of the year. With journalist Dick Beddoes, he wrote the book "Countdown to Grey Cup" which chronicled the 1964 championship season. 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 remained involved with Golden Gophers football.

Death

Skrien died in a nursing home in Mound, Minnesota, on November 30, 2010, due to complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 81 years old. [1] [2]

Head coaching record

CFL

TeamYearRegular SeasonPost Season
WonLostTiesWin %FinishWonLostResult
BC 1961171.1255th in Western Football Conference--Missed Playoffs
BC 1962790.4384th in Western Football Conference--Missed Playoffs
BC 19631240.7501st in Western Football Conference22Lost Grey Cup
BC 19641123.8461st in Western Football Conference31Won Grey Cup
BC 1965691.4004th in Western Football Conference--Missed Playoffs
BC 19665110.3135th in Western Football Conference--Missed Playoffs
BC 1967050.0005th in Western Football Conference--Fired
SSK 1971961.6002nd in Western Football Conference12Lost in Conference Finals
SSK 1972880.5003rd in Western Football Conference21Lost Grey Cup

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