Realty One


Monday, September 19, 2016


Montreal, September 19, 2016 – The Montreal Alouettes announced on Monday that the club has named Jacques Chapdelaine as the team's interim Head Coach for the remainder of the 2016 football season, effective immediately.

Chapdelaine joined the Alouettes in 2016 as the wide receivers coach and special assistant to the offensive coordinator after having served as an Offensive Coordinator in the CFL for seven of the ten prior seasons, including for the BC Lions, Edmonton Eskimos and Saskatchewan Roughriders. His distinguished CFL coaching career includes four Grey Cup appearances and three Grey Cup Championships. Chapdelaine was the Head Coach of the Laval University Rouge et Or from 1997 to 2000, winning the first Vanier Cup in school history in 1999.

Owner Bob Wetenhall said, "Jacques is an excellent football coach; he knows the Xs and Os as well as how to get the most out of his personnel. He brings rich experience working with seasoned veterans and teaching talented young players. We have six games left this season and are only two games out of playoff contention. Jacques is the best person to lead an immediate turnaround as we try and make a playoff run. "

After serving in the dual role of Head Coach and General Manager for the last year, Jim Popp will focus on his General Manager duties, where he has led the Alouettes to eight East Division Championships and three Grey Cup Championships.

Andrew Wetenhall, the Club's Lead Governor, said, "A head coaching change mid-season is challenging, but Jacques is the right man for the job.  Both Jim Popp and [Club President & CEO] Mark Weightman played vital roles in this decision process which led to a unanimous selection, and we believe Jacques will catalyze an immediate and positive effect as we try to make the playoffs."  Wetenhall added that the club will "commence a comprehensive evaluation process for our permanent Head Coach beginning in October of this year.  Each of our current coordinators, as well as Jacques, will be fully vetted as part of this interview process."

New Interim Head Coach Jacques Chapdelaine indicated, "I want to thank the Alouettes organization and the Wetenhall family for their faith in me.  This team has a lot of talent; we have six games left, and we are still in it. When I was coaching in BC in 2011, we made a run like this and ended up winning the Grey Cup; that's possible for this group of players."

Chapdelaine will make his debut as the 22nd Head Coach of the Montreal Alouettes on Sunday, October 2 when the Alouettes host the Toronto Argonauts at Percival-Molson Memorial Stadium in what will be an important match-up in the East Division playoff race.


Anonymous said...

Smart move by the Als'!

Anonymous said...

I'll bet Kavis (Consequences) Reed is pissed off.

Anonymous said...

They had a far superior coach available in Noel Thorpe waiting there. What a slap in the face! Chapdelaine has been all over and his results have been bad everywhere. This is no God send to the A's. The minute Thorpe is free, he's gone. Gong show in Montreal as well as other places.

Rally Driver said...

Noel Thorpe tried to leave at the beginning of the season, but the league wouldn't allow him to change teams. He will be gone at season's end so there is no reason to promote him. The owner is very hands on with hiring the head coach. Thorpe should get his chance in the next couple of years, just not with the Als.

Brian Shepherd said...
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Brian Shepherd said...

Good luck Jacques, hope you can beat Toronto and Edmonton in the next 3 weeks....but not us (SK) Oct 22nd.

Anonymous said...

Alouettes franchise just took ten steps backwards with this terrible interm decision! Players will tune out Jacques and his abrasive style quickly. Popp the gm now has to firmly show the players who's actually in charge of team operations or subsequent consequences will follow to both management and the on field product further setting back that football franchise.

Anonymous said...

Really happy the Als did this, Thorpe will be in Edmonton next year with no stopping him by the CFL this time.

Christopher Evans said...

Good for Coach Chapdelaine! I loved the confidence & passion that he spoke with at the Pro's & Joe's event a couple of years ago. Thorpe tried to leave last year and still has an opportunity for the head gig for the upcoming football season, if he makes the short list. This allows Thorpe to concentrate on the D, the strength of the Als. Calvillo has his hands full with the Offence and having to train essentially a rookie QB in Cato. Good move to promote the assistant with an immense amount of experience. Good for the CFL in Quebec to have a French speaking head coach too!