OTTAWA -- The final piece of hardware for the 2013 season is set to be handed out Wednesday in Ottawa, as the 2013 Coach of the Year will finally be announced.
The finalists - Calgary's John Hufnagel, Saskatchewan's Corey Chamblin and Hamilton's Kent Austin - were announced in January.
Coverage of the 2013 Coach of the Year Luncheon will begin on CFL.ca at 12:25pm ET.
Kent Austin - Hamilton Tiger-Cats
2013 Coach of the Year: Corey Chamblin
In a year full of high expectations, Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach Corey Chamblin delivered the ultimate prize: a Grey Cup. And not only did he lead the Riders to their fourth championship in franchise history, he did it by winning it in the heart of Rider Nation, on their home field at Mosaic Stadium.
After winning their first five games of the season, the Riders finished with an 11-7 record and second place in the West Division. They hosted the BC Lions in the Western Semi-Final and won 29-25. The Roughriders would go on to defeat the first place Calgary Stampeders in the Western Final 35-13 and earn a berth in the 101st Grey Cup.
In the Grey Cup, Chamblin's Roughriders were up against the East Division Champion Tiger-Cats, a team led by head coach Kent Austin who won a Grey Cup as a head coach and quarterback with Roughriders in 1989 and 2007, respectively. Under the leadership of their second-year head coach, the Riders went on to defeat the Ticats 45-23 in front of their home crowd. This was the first time the Roughriders won the Grey Cup on Saskatchewan soil.
This is Chamblin's first coach of the year nomination.
John Hufnagel - Calgary Stampeders
The impressive record was accumulated despite the fact injuries forced the Stamps to use three different starting quarterbacks throughout the season. Calgary was also without key players such as Corey Mace and all-stars Dimitri Tsoumpas and Nik Lewis for extended periods.
The Stamps were either first or second in a number of categories including points scored, points allowed, home record and away record, net offence, rushing yards, sacks and fewest sacks allowed.
This is Hufnagel's third nomination. He won the Coach of the Year award in 2008.
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