Roy Shivers enters the sixth year of his second stint with the Lions after an 18-year absence from the organization.
Entering the CFL in 1983 as an assistant coach with the club, Shivers was promoted to director, player personnel after just two full seasons with the Leos. Over the next seven seasons (1983-89), Shivers’ ability to deliver exciting and talented players to the Lions lineup would be a driving force in the organization’s run of six West Division Finals and three Grey Cup appearances – including the club’s 1985 championship season.
Following the 1989 campaign, Shivers would depart the Lions den for the Calgary Stampeders where he worked closely with then-head coach Wally Buono as the club’s US player recruiter, a position he held until assuming the duties of assistant general manager prior to the beginning of the 1991 season.
After four years as assistant GM with the Stampeders, he left Calgary in 1995 to take on the role of general manager for the short-lived expansion Birmingham Barracudas. Shivers returned to Calgary to resume his assistant GM duties in 1996. A key component of a Stamps organization that captured two Grey Cups (1992, 1998), Shivers left Calgary following the 1999 season to take on the general manager and director, football operations titles for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, positions he would hold until the conclusion of the 2006 season.
Born in Hally, Arkansas, Shivers was a star tailback at Utah State before being selected by the St. Louis Cardinals as a first-round supplemental draft choice in the 1966 NFL Draft. After retiring from professional football as a player in 1972, Shivers would try his hand in a coaching capacity, first at Oakland’s Merritt Junior College followed by a season as running back coach at the University of Hawaii in 1975. Shivers’ last stop before joining the CFL ranks would be seven-year stint as an assistant coach at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Shivers and his wife Carole reside in Henderson, NV and have three daughters, Rommy, Renee, and Nicole. They are the proud grandparents of grandson Nicholas and granddaughter Nico.