The second time around was the charm for Corey Chamblin.
Chamblin was hired Thursday as the head coach of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The 34-year-old interviewed for the post following the 2010 season but the job ultimately went to Greg Marshall, who was then the Hamilton Tiger-Cats' defensive co-ordinator.
“We are very excited about hiring Corey to be our head coach,” Riders' GM Brendan Taman said in a statement. “He brings a vision with him that will lead to a team the fans will be proud of.
“Being a head coach is about managing men and relating to the players which I feel is Corey's strong point.”
Chamblin then went and replaced Marshall in Hamilton this past season.
“To be named the head coach is a great opportunity and I am genuinely excited to be a part of the Saskatchewan Roughriders,” he said. “I have always looked at the Riders knowing it is a team I could be a part of.
“It's so similar to where I'm from and what I'm used to — the work ethic of the players, the professionalism of the organization and the excitement of the fans — this is how football is supposed to be.”
The Riders fired Marshall early last season and was replaced on an interim basis by vice-president of football operations Ken Miller.
Miller announced his retirement following the season, with Taman also taking over the club's football operations.
Saskatchewan posted a league-worst 5-13 record to finish last in the West Division standings.