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Chapdelaine returns to Clan

New Simon Fraser University football coach Jacques Chapdelaine, a graduate of the school and former offensive coordinator of the B.C. Lions, is introduced to the media Tuesday. - Greg Ehlers/SFU
New Simon Fraser University football coach Jacques Chapdelaine, a graduate of the school and former offensive coordinator of the B.C. Lions, is introduced to the media Tuesday.
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After 30 years away Jacques Chapdelaine is back on Burnaby Mountain.

Simon Fraser University announced the hiring of the former B.C. Lions offensive coordinator as the Clan football team’s new head coach Tuesday.

Chapdelaine is returning to the place where he had success as a wide receiver for the Clan in the early 1980s.

He played six years in the Canadian Football League, including his first two with the Lions.

He was B.C.’s receivers coach in 2003 and 2004 before being promoted to offensive coordinator, a position he held for two season before going to Edmonton for one year to be its offensive coordinator and assistant head coach. He has been with the Lions since 2008, but he recently parted ways with the club.

Chapdelaine has university coaching experience having been on the staff at Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, Que., for five seasons in the early 1990s before becoming head coach of Laval University for four seasons where he led the program to its first Vanier Cup championship.

“I am very pleased at the opportunity to come back to coach at the collegiate level,” said Chapdelaine. “I am excited at the chance to work with student-athletes again and being able to do so at my alma mater is an excellent fit.”

Chapdelaine replaces Dave Johnson who was fired in November after seven seasons as head coach including a 3-7 record in 2013 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. The hiring came after a two-month job search led by athletic director Milton Richards.

“Coach Chapdelaine understands the academic rigours of Simon Fraser University having played football and graduated from SFU himself and we expect he will lead SFU football to new heights on the field and in the classroom,” said Richards.

Chapdelaine is expected to announce his coaching staff in the upcoming weeks.

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