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COACHING STAFF


Corey Chamblin

Head Coach

 

Corey Chamblin enters his third season as Head Coach with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

In his second season Coach Chamblin led the Riders to a franchise best 8-1 record to open the season. The team went on to finish second in the West Division with an 11-7 record and hosted a home playoff game for the first time since 2010. After defeating the B.C. Lions in the West Semi-Final, the Riders dismantled the Stampeders 35-13 in Calgary. The Riders then defeated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 45-23 in the Grey Cup; winning the franchises fourth championship.  

In February, Chamblin was named Canadian Football League Coach of the Year for the 2013 season.

Before joining the Green and White, Chamblin spent the 2011 season as the Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Backs Coach with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Prior to that, Chamblin spent three seasons working with the defensive backs in Calgary where the Stamps secondary had great success and were looked upon as some of the toughest defensive backs in the CFL. In 2008 the Stamps claimed the Grey Cup after holding the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player Anthony Calvillo without a touchdown pass in the championship game.

When he first arrived in the CFL in 2007, Chamblin served as the Defensive Backs Coach with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers who had the second best pass defence in the CFL. They also held the MOP of that season - Kerry Joseph to a mere 181 passing yards in the Grey Cup game.

Before coming to the CFL, the Birmingham, Alabama native spent time coaching in NFL Europe in 2006 where he worked as a defensive assistant and secondary coach for the Frankfurt Galaxy who went on to claim the World Bowl Championship.  In addition during the 2006 season, Chamblin completed a coaching internship with the NFL’s Washington Redskins.

Chamblin began his coaching career in 2006 when he became an assistant coach at Cumberland University in Tennessee before heading over to Europe.

As a player, Chamblin played at Tennessee Tech under Defensive Coordinator Mike Smith, now Head Coach of the Atlanta Falcons.

Despite going undrafted, Chamblin went on to sign as a free agent with the Baltimore Ravens in 1999. That season he played with the 15-3 Jacksonville Jaguars and was a member of the NFL’s first ranked defensive unit. He remained in the NFL until 2004 spending time with the Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts.  He rounded out his playing career with the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe.

During his time in the NFL Chamblin had the opportunity to play for Mike Tomlin – Head Coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers. At the time Tomlin was the Defensive Backs Coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the young age of 29. It was then that Chamblin made the realization that his future would be in coaching. Since that time the two have stayed in touch and Tomlin remains to be a great mentor to Chamblin who feels the young coach blazed a path for others to follow after being named a Head Coach in the NFL at the age of 34.

Corey, his wife Samantha, their two sons Karter and Keaton, and their two dogs India and Maggie have made Regina their year round home. 

 

 


Richie Hall

Defensive Coordinator 

 

Hall returns to the Riders for a fourth consecutive season as Defensive Coordinator after spending the 2009 and 2010 campaigns in Edmonton, where he served as Head Coach of the Edmonton Eskimos and also as the team’s Defensive Coordinator.

Last season, the Riders posted the number one ranked defence in the CFL. The league low 398 points allowed was the lowest total by the Riders since 2002 and second lowest total since the CFL moved to an 18-game schedule in 1986. The team led the league with 24 interceptions while allowing a league low 36 touchdowns.  

Previous to his time in Edmonton, Hall was a part of the Green and White coaching staff for 15 seasons, eight as Defensive Coordinator, and developed a reputation for fielding a top defence year after year.

Before moving into his coaching role, Hall spent nine years playing in the CFL including four seasons with the Roughriders from 1988-1991. He was also a key member of the Roughriders' 1989 Grey Cup Championship team. During his nine year career, Hall saw action in 153 regular season CFL games. He was a member of the Western Division All-Star Team on four occasions, 1983 and 1986 with the Calgary Stampeders and 1988 and 1990 in Saskatchewan. Hall was also named All-CFL for outstanding rookie performance in 1983 with the Stampeders. In 1990, Roughrider fans voted Hall the Roughriders' Most Popular Player. He was named as the Club's nominee for Outstanding Defensive Player in 1988. 

Hall was born in San Antonio, Texas. He played college football at Colorado State University for the Rams. He signed with the Stampeders as a free agent in 1983 following his college career.

With a continued commitment to community involvement, Hall was recognized by the CFLPA in 1990 by winning the Tom Pate award for his outstanding dedication to the CFL, the community and his performances on the field.

Following his career with the Riders, Hall continued to be an integral part of the Saskatchewan community as a member of Regina’s O'Neill Titans high school football coaching staff in 1993. Hall continues to be involved with many charities and worthwhile causes, including his annual charity golf tournament, known as the Richie Hall Red Cross Golf Classic in Yorkton, SK, which is now in its 22nd year.

Richie and his wife Helen have made Regina their home.  

  

George Cortez
Offensive Coordinator/ Quarterbacks Coach
 

Cortez returns to Saskatchewan for his second season as the Riders Offensive Coordinator, while also adding the role of quarterbacks coach. It is his second stint with the team after serving as Offensive Line Coach for the 2006 season.

The native of Port Arthur, Texas brings over three decades of coaching experience to the Green and White, including 20 seasons in the Canadian Football League. He is a five time Grey Cup champion having won in 1992, 1998, 2001, 2008 and 2013.

Last season, Cortez orchestrated an offence led by division all-stars Darian Durant, Kory Sheets, Weston Dressler, Chris Getzlaf and Brendan LaBatte. Durant threw for a career high 31 touchdowns while Sheets scampered for 1,598 yards rushing. The team also bolstered three 1,000 yard receivers for only the second time in franchise history. 

In 2012, Cortez was the Head Coach and Director of Football Operations for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats leading the team to a 6 win season. Under the direction of Cortez the Tiger-Cats had the number two ranked offence in the CFL and led the league with 538 points for.  Quarterback Henry Burris had a career year throwing for a league high 5,367 yards and 43 touchdowns.

Before joining Hamilton, Cortez spent two seasons in the NFL as Quarterbacks Coach with the Buffalo Bills. Prior to his tenure with the Bills, Cortez spent 17 seasons with four teams in the CFL and four years as Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach at the University of California-Berkley. While at Cal, Cortez aided in the development of first round NFL draft picks Aaron Rodgers and Kyle Boller.

In addition to his time with the Riders and Tiger-Cats, Cortez has spent 11 seasons over three different stints with the Calgary Stampeders, as well as two years with the Ottawa Rough Riders, and four years with the Montreal Alouettes. 

George and his wife Connie spend the offseason at their home in Bentwater, Texas.

 


Bob Dyce
Special Teams Coordinator

 

Dyce returns for his fifth season with the Riders and second in the role of Special Teams Coordinator. 

Dyce originally joined the Riders in 2010 spending two seasons as pass game coordinator before being named offensive coordinator for the 2012 season.  

Before joining the Green and White, the Winnipeg native spent seven seasons with the Blue Bombers where he served as the team’s receivers coach and was in charge of the team’s Canadian player personnel. During his time with the Bombers, Dyce provided leadership and coaching to his receivers, many of which were continually over the 1,000 yard receiving mark each season.   

Prior to making the transition into coaching in the CFL, Dyce spent seven seasons as the receivers coach with his alma mater the Manitoba Bisons. During his time with the Bisons, the receiving corps produced seven All-Conference players and three All-Canadians.

Dyce began his coaching career in 1992 when he joined the staff of the St. Vital Mustangs of the CJFL. He spent two seasons with the Mustangs before making the move to offensive coordinator and receivers coach for the Winnipeg Hawkeyes of the CJFL. He spent the 1994 and 1995 seasons with the Hawkeyes.

Bob and his wife Amanda have two daughters, Brooklyn and Ava, and one son, Trysten.

 

Doug Malone
Offensive Line Coach

 

 

Malone returns to the Riders for his second season as Offensive Line Coach after previously spending two seasons in the same role with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Prior to joining the Tiger-Cats in 2011, Malone spent three seasons at Presbyterian College as interim Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator. He joined Presbyterian College after serving one season as Offensive Coordinator at Western Carolina.

Malone’s first experience in the Canadian Football League came when he participated as a guest coach with the Calgary Stampeders during their 2010 training camp.

The Greenville, Tennessee native spent almost thirty years coaching collegiate football before entering the CFL. In addition to his time at Presbyterian College and Western Carolina, his stops included Tennessee Tech, California State, UTEP, and an impressive 13 year stint at Wingate University including five seasons as Head Coach.

Malone and his wife Jenny, have two daughters, Megan and Molly, and one son, Derek. They also have two granddaughters, Kenry and Ruthie. 

 

Brad Miller
Linebackers Coach
 

Miller joins the Green and White staff as linebackers coach as he enters his 14th season working in the CFL.

Last season Miller worked with the Edmonton Eskimo’s as a defensive backs coach. Prior to that he spent the 2009-2011 seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats after spending 2008 in Toronto and 2006-2007 in Montreal. 

Miller spent five seasons (2001-2005) with the NFL’s Green Bay Packers where he was a defensive and special teams assistant.

The California native began his CFL coaching career with the Birmingham Barracudas as linebackers coach in 1995. The next season he joined the Eskimos coaching staff where he was a defensive assistant for four seasons before being named defensive coordinator in 2000.

Notably, he is credited with organizing the first Varsity Stars game in 2000, which later became the CIS East-West Bowl.     

Miller and his wife Lisa have two sons, Anselmo Robert and Elijah David, and one daughter, Alexis.

 

 


Jason Tucker
Receivers Coach

 

Tucker returns to Saskatchewan for his third straight season as part of the Riders’ coaching staff and will continue to work with the teams receivers.

Last season, Tucker helped Weston Dressler, Chris Getzlaf and Taj Smith all reach 1,000 yards receiving. It was only the second time in franchise history that three receivers had surpassed the 1,000 yard mark in one season. Dressler was named a CFL All-Star, while Getzlaf picked up West Division All-Star honours.   

Prior to coming to Saskatchewan, Tucker spent two seasons coaching the receiving corps in Edmonton. In 2009, he helped Fred Stamps have a banner year as he led the CFL with 1,402 receiving yards. 

Tucker made the transition into coaching after suffering a fractured neck in 2008 which cut his distinguished player career short. The four-time CFL and West All-Star won a Grey Cup in 2003 and 2005. He finished his career with 7,046 receiving yards in his seven years as a receiver with the Eskimos. 

He added his third career Grey Cup in 2013 as a member of the Roughriders. 

Tucker and his wife Giesla have four daughters – Jaelyn, Kendhal, London and Micah.

 
 
Barron Miles
Defensive Backs Coach
 

Miles returns to the Roughriders for his third season working with the team’s secondary as a Defensive Backs Coach. Prior to joining the Riders in 2012, Miles was with the B.C. Lions where he spent the two seasons as a defensive and player personnel assistant.

Miles made the transition into coaching after retiring from a storied 12 year playing career in the CFL. His career began in Montreal where he spent seven seasons as a defensive back before playing his final five years with the Lions. 

The Nebraska grad was named a Divisional All-Star nine times and a CFL All-Star six times over the course of his playing career. He was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Rookie in 1998 and set the all-time CFL record for most blocked kicks with 13, and ranks second all-time with 66 interceptions.

Miles is a three time Grey Cup champion, having won in B.C. as a player in 2006 and as a coach in 2011. He added his third title in 2013 with the Riders.

Miles and his wife Jennifer have three children.

 

Avon Cobourne
Running Backs Coach

 

Avon Cobourne joins the Riders as running backs coach for the 2014 season. 

Cobourne joins the coaching ranks following a standout seven year Canadian Football League career. The product of West Virginia University played five seasons with the Montreal Alouettes after originally signing with the team prior to the 2006 season. He played his final two seasons in Hamilton after signing with the Tiger-Cats as a free agent in 2011. 

The 35-year-old Cobourne is a two-time Grey Cup champion (2009, 2010) and was named 2009 Grey Cup Most Outstanding Player. He is also a three time East Division all-star (2008, 2009, 2012) also being named a CFL all-Star in 2009 after posting a career high 1,214 yards rushing.

Avon and his wife Rebecca have two sons. 

 


Todd Howard
Defensive Line Coach

 

Howard returns to the Riders for his second season as defensive line coach. Prior to joining the Green and White Howard spent the 2012 season at the University of California as Defensive Line Coach.

2013 was Howard’s first time working in the Canadian Football League as he had spent the previous 21 consecutive seasons coaching at the NFL and collegiate levels. 

Prior to going to Cal, Howard had additional stops at the collegiate level with Washington State (2011), UCLA (2006-10), Louisiana Tech (2000-02), Grinnell College (1994-97) and his alma mater Texas A&M (1991-93). 

Howard worked for three seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2003-05) as the Assistant Defensive Line Coach. His other NFL coaching experience came as a defensive assistant with the St. Louis Rams, who won Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000, Howards second season.

A third round draft choice to the Kansas City Chiefs in 1987, Howard played in the NFL for two seasons as an inside linebacker. He also spent one season with the Barcelona Dragons in the World League of American Football in 1991.

Howard has three children: Trey, David and Ava. 

 


Chad Hudson
Quality Control

 

Hudson enters his third season as the Riders quality control coach and football operations assistant. He is responsible for providing the coaching staff with weekly opponent and self-scouting reports as well as researching and compiling league statistical trends and tendencies.

The Saskatchewan native originally worked with the Riders video department from 2004-2006 before moving to the Montreal Alouettes as Head Video Coordinator for the 2007-2008 seasons.   

Chad, his wife Jasmin and son Theo make Regina their home.  

 


  

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