Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator

2017 – On September 19, 2016, the Montreal Alouettes named Jacques Chapdelaine the interim Head Coach, making the Sherbrooke-native the first Quebec-born Head Coach of the franchise and the 22nd head coach of the team’s rich history. With 15 years of professional coaching experience, he was confirmed in his position on December 14, after leading the team to a strong finish in 2016, as the team showed a 4-2 record under his guidance.

Chapdelaine returned home in 2016, having suited up for the Montreal Concordes (1985) and the Alouettes (1986) during his player’s career as a slotback before starting a coaching career in 1990. On September 19 2016, Jacques Chapdelaine was named Interim Head Coach for the Montreal Alouettes.

Chapdelaine brings more than thirty years of experience in football to the table, including thirteen as a coach in the CFL. In 2015, he was the Saskatchewan Roughriders Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach, helping the team finish third in the league with 6,442 total yards on offence and finishing atop the CFL with 2,150 rushing yards.

Jacques Chapdelaine contributed to three Grey Cup wins as a coach, first with the Calgary Stampeders in 2001, then with the B.C. Lions in 2006 and 2011 respectively. His record as an Offensive Coordinator in the CFL is of 82-79-1 and his teams went to the Grey Cup on four occasions.

After four years as the Bishop’s University Gaiters Offensive Coordinator in the early 90’s, Jacques Chapdelaine became the Université Laval Rouge et Or Head Coach from 1997 to 2000. He led the team to its first Vanier Cup championship in 1999, making Université Laval the first francophone university in the country to win a national championship. He accomplished it in the program’s fourth year of existence. In four seasons as the Rouge et Or Head Coach, he led the team to a 21-11 record, including the team’s first perfect regular season in 2000, when it boasted an 8-0 record.

As a player in the CFL, Chapdelaine caught 166 passes good for 2,026 yards and six touchdowns over 94 games during his seven-year career.

Jacques and his wife Kim are the parents of three, Matthieu, Justin and Kaëla.