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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers announced Walters as their special teams co-ordinator on Monday.
"This is a great hire for us and I'm real excited to have Kyle join our staff," said Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice. "He's real sharp for a young coach. He interviewed for the special teams position when I was in Hamilton back in 2004. He had just finished up as a player, but he was very impressive in the interview. I always remembered that and when I began looking for someone to fill that position here in Winnipeg, I thought of Kyle."
Walters has spent the last four seasons as head coach of the University of Guelph Gryphons after a CFL career that saw him win a Grey Cup with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1999. Walters was a special teams captain in Hamilton for three years during a career that spanned from 1997 to 2003.
"I kept an eye on Guelph the last couple of years and was happy to see the way Kyle was able to turn that program around. I remember speaking to him about his defence one day and was impressed with how he understood his talent and what they could do," said LaPolice.
"He didn't have any guys that were great in man-to-man coverage. So he made the decision to play zone and keep everyone deep. It was smart coaching and it stuck with me."
LaPolice has filled six of seven coaching positions and will focus on hiring another offensive assistant.
"I inteviewed a guy on the weekend and talked to another on the phone (Monday)," said LaPolice. "We could have that done as early as this week. It'll likely be a receivers coach because that's the biggest number of guys to deal with. The important thing is to get the right guy."
Most of the Bombers coaches are already in Winnipeg and working on schemes as well as preparing for the Canadian college draft.
"We're looking at tape of all the guys that will be at the evaluation camp in a couple of weeks," said LaPolice."
The Bombers are also holding an invitation-only free agent camp this weekend in Greensboro, N.C. GM Joe Mack and head scout Ken Moll will be in attendance.
Walters was unavailable for comment on Monday.
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