Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach Corey Chamblin has been named the recipient of the Annis Stukus Trophy for being the 2013 CFL Coach of the Year.
Coach Chamblin was presented the award today by CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon at a luncheon in Ottawa, Ontario as part of the CFL’s annual league meetings.
“Coach Chamblin did a remarkable job of leading his players through adversity, high expectations and the ups and downs of a season,” said Commissioner Cohon.
“His Roughriders captured the hearts of not only Rider Nation, but Canadians across the country. On behalf of the entire league and our fans from coast to coast, congratulations on this distinct honour.”
Chamblin led the Riders to their fourth championship in franchise history, and their first Grey Cup victory in front of their hometown crowd in Rider Nation.
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 101st Grey Cup, Chamblin's Roughriders were up against the East Division Champion Tiger-Cats, a team led by 2013 Coach of the Year Finalist Kent Austin. Under the leadership of their second-year head coach, the Riders went on to defeat the Ticats 45-23 at Mosaic Stadium.
The CFL Coach of the Year is selected by 59 voting members of the Football Reports of Canada. Chamblin received 39 first place votes.
|2013 -- Corey Chamblin, Saskatchewan
2012 -- Scott Milanovich, Toronto
2011 -- Wally Buono, B.C.
2010 -- Jim Barker, Toronto
2009 -- Marc Trestman, Montreal
2008 -- John Hufnagel, Calgary
2007 -- Kent Austin, Saskatchewan
2006 -- Wally Buono, B.C.
2005 -- Tom Higgins, Calgary
2004 -- Greg Marshall, Hamilton
2003 -- Tom Higgins, Edmonton
2002 -- Don Matthews, Montreal
2001 -- Dave Ritchie, Winnipeg
2000 -- Charlie Taaffe, Montreal
1999 -- Charlie Taaffe, Montreal
1998 -- Ron Lancaster, Hamilton
1997 -- Don Matthews, Toronto
1996 -- Ron Lancaster, Edmonton
1995 -- Don Matthews, Baltimore
1994 -- Don Matthews, Baltimore
1993 -- Wally Buono, Calgary
1992 -- Wally Buono, Calgary
|1991 -- Adam Rita, Toronto
1990 -- Mike Riley, Winnipeg
1989 -- John Gregory, Saskatchewan
1988 -- Mike Riley, Winnipeg
1987 -- Bob O’Billovich, Toronto
1986 -- Al Bruno, Hamilton
1985 -- Don Matthews, B.C.
1984 -- Cal Murphy, Winnipeg
1983 -- Cal Murphy, Winnipeg
1982 -- Bob O’Billovich, Toronto
1981 -- Joe Faragalli, Saskatchewan
1980 -- Ray Jauch, Winnipeg
1979 -- Hugh Campbell, Edmonton
1978 -- Jack Gotta, Calgary
1977 -- Vic Rapp, B.C.
1976 -- Bob Shaw, Hamilton
1975 -- George Brancato, Ottawa
1974 -- Marv Levy, Montreal
1973 -- Jack Gotta, Ottawa
1972 -- Jack Gotta, Ottawa
1971 -- Leo Cahill, Toronto
|1970 -- Ray Jauch, Edmonton
1969 -- Frank Clair, Ottawa
1968 -- Eagle Keys, Saskatchewan
1967 -- Jerry Williams, Calgary
1966 -- Frank Clair, Ottawa
1965 -- Bud Grant, Winnipeg
1964 -- Ralph Sazio, Hamilton
1963 -- Dave Skrien, B.C.
1962 -- Steve Owen, Saskatchewan
1961 -- Jim Trimble, Hamilton
|The Annis Stukus Trophy has recognized excellence in coaching since 1961 when Hamilton’s Jim Trimble first won the award.
The annual CFL Coach of the Year Dinner was hosted for 40 years by the Edmonton Eskimo Football Club. The Eskimos Alumni Association presented a trophy in honour of the Eskimos first coach, the legendary Annis Stukus. Winners are selected by Members of The Football Reporters of Canada.
As a player with the Toronto Argonauts from 1935 to 1941, Stukus, along with brothers Bill and Frank, helped the Boatmen to Grey Cup victories in 1937 and 1938. Stukus enjoyed a successful 12-year playing career excelling at six different positions, including quarterback.
Making the transition to coaching, Stukus was hired to lead the Edmonton Eskimos as their first coach and general manager in 1949 and even performed place kicking duties for the club. In 1953, Annis moved west to Vancouver to become the first head coach of the B.C. Lions, a job he would hold until 1956.
He is a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame and in 1974 was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame as a builder. Stukus passed away in May, 2006 at the age of 91 at his home in Canmore, Alberta.