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Corey Chamblin
Corey Chamblin

Roughriders hire Corey Chamblin as their new head coach Add to ...

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.

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