Corey Chamblin named CFL's top coach for 2013

Corey Chamblin is the CFL's coach of the year after leading the Saskatchewan Roughriders to a Grey Cup championship on home soil. They were 11-7 in the regular season.

Roughriders finished 2nd in West, won Grey Cup

Roughriders Head Coach Corey Chamblin is anxious to play this weekend in Edmonton versus the Eskimos. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images/File)

Corey Chamblin is the Canadian Football League's coach of the year.

Chamblin received the Annis Stukus Trophy at the league's annual coach of the year luncheon.

Kent Austin of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and John Hufnagel of the Calgary Stampeders were the award finalists. Voting was conducted by the Football Reporters of Canada.

Chamblin, 36, capped his second season with Saskatchewan in style, leading the Roughriders to a Grey Cup championship on home soil, their fourth overall.

"Coach Chamblin did a remarkable job of leading his players through adversity, high expectations and the ups and downs of a season," CFL commissioner Mark Cohon, who presented Chamblin the award at a luncheon in Ottawa, said in a statement released by the league.

"His Roughriders captured the hearts of not only Rider Nation, but Canadians across the country."

Under Chamblin, the Riders finished second in the West Division standings with an 11-7 record, including a franchise-best 8-1 mark to start the season.

He becomes the sixth head coach in Roughriders history to win the award and first since 2007, joining Austin (2007), John Gregory (1989), Joe Faragalli (1981), Eagle Keys (1968) and Steve Owen (1962).

Saskatchewan defeated the B.C. Lions 29-25 in the conference semifinal before qualifying for the Grey Cup by downing Calgary 35-13 in the West Division final.

Before a rabid Mosaic Stadium gathering of 44,710, the Riders beat Hamilton 45-23 to become the third straight club to win the Grey Cup as the host squad.

In his first season with Hamilton, Austin led the Ticats to second in the East Division with a 10-8 record before the club posted playoff wins over Montreal and Toronto.

Austin was named the CFL's top coach in '07 after leading the Riders to a Grey Cup title.

Calgary posted a league-best 14-4 record under Hufnagel, the '08 award winner.

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