The Winnipeg Blue Bombers announced Friday in a statement that former quarterback Buck Pierce will join the team’s coaching staff as Running Backs Coach.

Pierce retired from the CFL Tuesday after nine seasons with both the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the B.C. Lions.

"Deciding not to play football anymore was a difficult decision, but having the opportunity to re-join the Bombers in a coaching role was really a perfect fit,” said Pierce in a statement released by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

“I am thrilled they wanted me to be a part of what I believe will be a great thing here in Winnipeg. I said when I was traded that I hoped one day I would be back in some capacity, and today is a really special day for my family and me.”

Blue Bombers’ Head Coach Mike O’Shea said in the same statement that Pierce’s experience will make him a valuable asset to the team’s coaching staff.

“He will be able to relate to our players very well,” said O’Shea. “The ability to add a former CFL quarterback to our staff was important to us. He will be a great teacher to our running backs and strength to our offensive staff."

Pierce played close to four seasons in Winnipeg before being traded to the B.C. Lions in September 2013.