Jacques Chapdelaine returns to SFU as head coach
SFU alumnus and former Clan football player Jacques Chapdelaine has come full circle.
After a seven-year career in the Canadian Football League (CFL) and 25 years as a football coach, most recently for the BC Lions, Chapdelaine has accepted the position of head coach of the Clan football team.
Chapdelaine’s coaching skills have contributed to three CFL Grey Cup championships in the past eight years—for the Calgary Stampeders in 2001, followed by the BC Lions in 2006 and 2011.
He served as offensive coordinator for the BC Lions from 2008-13 before leaving the organization in November last year.
In 2007 he was an assistant head coach and offensive coordinator with the Edmonton Eskimos, following three years (2003-06) on the BC Lions coaching staff.
In 2001, Chapdelaine was the special teams coordinator and receivers coach for the Calgary Stampeders and then became offensive coordinator for the team’s 2002 season.
Prior to joining the Stampeders, Chapdelaine served as the head coach of Laval University. He led Laval from 1997-2000, guiding the program to its first Vanier Cup championship less than five years after the program's inception.
Chapdelaine began his coaching career in 1990 as offensive coordinator at Bishop's University in Quebec, where he also held several administrative roles.
Chapdelaine played for the SFU Clan in the 1980s before joining the CFL and playing for the BC Lions, Hamilton Tiger Cats, Calgary Stampeders and Montreal Concordes/Alouettes.
Chapdelaine expects to announce his Clan coaching staff in the upcoming weeks as the program turns its attention to spring camp.