Canadian Football League

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Jacques Chapdelaine was promoted to offensive co-ordinator as the B.C. Lions finalized their coaching staff Wednesday.
Chapdelaine succeeds Steve Buratto, who took a job as offensive co-ordinator with the Calgary Stampeders last month. Chapdelaine was the team's receivers coach last season. "Jacques has been instrumental in developing our receiving core," Lions head coach and general manager Wally Buono said in a release. "We are excited on his return as he leads our offence in the 2005 season."
Lions receivers Jason Clermont, Ryan Thelwell and Geroy Simon were all named CFL all-stars last year while Simon led the league in touchdowns scored and pass receiving.
The Lions led the league in most offensive categories last season, including team passing (6,335 yards), points scored (544) and total offence (7,726 yards).
The Lions also re-signed defensive co-ordinator/defensive backs coach Paul Arslanian, special teams co-ordinator/linebacker coach Mike Benevides and offensive line coach Dan Dorazio. The team also named Steff Kruck quarterbacks coach.
Kruck joins the Lions from Kutztown University, where he was the quarterbacks coach and offensive and recruiting co-ordinator.
Meanwhile, Ottawa Renegades head coach and GM Joe Paopao introduced his coaching staff for next season.
Kani Kauahi returns as the team's offensive co-ordinator and assistant head coach. Tommy Condell is back as the quarterbacks and receivers coach, while Jaime Hill will also return for the second straight year, remaining the defensive backs coach and will add co-defensive co-ordinator duties to his responsibilities.
Jim Clark was elevated from defensive assistant to special teams co-ordinator, succeeding Dave Easley, who is reportedly joining the Winnipeg Blue Bombers staff.
Greg Marshall has been added as defensive co-ordinator and Richard Harris is the team's new defensive line coach. He held the same position with the B.C. Lions last season.


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