Chuck McMann enters his sixth season as the Lions’ special teams coordinator. Prior to joining the club in 2008, Chuck was the Calgary Stampeders’ receivers coach in 2007.
Last season, Lions special teams ranked in the top-two in both punt returns and kickoff returns while limiting opponents with 11 punts landing inside the 10 yard-line, a CFL best. Under the tutelage of McMann, return man Tim Brown led the West Division in all-purpose yards with 2,687 and notched two punt returns for touchdowns while kicker Paul McCallum led the league in scoring for a second consecutive season.
A 17-year CFL coaching veteran, McMann originally joined the coaching ranks following 10 seasons spent in the CFL as a receiver and running back with the Montreal Alouettes and Concordes (1976-1985). After a career that included three Grey Cup appearances and a championship win in 1977, McMann capped off his playing days as a player-coach in the 1985 season.
Upon retiring as a player, McMann spent the next three years as a Montreal-area schoolteacher before rejoining the coaching ranks as offensive coordinator for College Vieux-Montreal. In 1987, he assumed the role of offensive coordinator at Vanier College, ultimately guiding the Cheetahs to a Bol d’Or Quebec Junior College Championship that season.
From 1988 to 1991, McMann served as interim head coach, defensive coordinator and special teams coach at the University of Waterloo before rejoining the CFL with the Calgary Stampeders as an assistant coach. Over nine seasons spent with the Stamps, McMann coached in four Grey Cup games, capturing championship titles in 1992 and 1998.
In 2001, McMann assumed the role of head coach for the McGill University Redmen. Over six seasons in the CIS, the McMann-led Redmen would post a 29-28 record, make five post-season appearances and capture two consecutive Dunsmore Cups (2001, 2002). McMann was recognized for his efforts with the Frank Tindall trophy as the 2002 CIS Football Coach of the Year.
A Toronto native, McMann played football for Wilfrid Laurier University and received his BA in Psychology in 1976, followed by a B.Ed. in Physical Education from McGill in 1981. He and his wife Margaret reside in Langley, BC and have three children as well as four grandchildren.