Jacques enters his tenth season with the Lions after originally joining the club in 2003 as the team’s receivers coach. In 2005, Jacques was promoted to offensive coordinator which culminated in a Grey Cup Championship in 2006. After a brief stint with the Edmonton Eskimos in 2007, Jacques rejoined the Lions in 2008 as receivers coach and was then promoted to the coordinator post once again in 2010.
With the hiring of Jarious Jackson as quarterbacks coach entering the 2013 season, Jacques will again add the receivers coach responsibility to his portfolio.
Under Jacques’ leadership, the Lions had the CFL’s best ranked offence in 2012 averaging 389 yards per game. It was the first time since 2004 that the club held the number one spot and was a 30-yard increase over the team’s 369-yard average output in 2011.
In terms of net-offence rankings, the club finished fourth in touchdowns with 46 and second in drives that ended with points-scored (90). The Lions finished with 418 first downs, 23 more than the next best club and a passing efficiency rating of 101.1, second overall in the CFL.
Jacques also oversaw the continued improvement of quarterback Travis Lulay who earned his second-straight West Division All-Star selection, the first Lions quarterback to do so since Joe Kapp.
Jacques’ coaching career began at Bishop’s University in 1990 where he was hired as the school’s offensive coordinator. In 1991, he got his first taste of the CFL as a guest coach with the Toronto Argonauts. Jacques’ first pro coaching job would come the following season with Toronto as the club’s special teams and receivers coach.
In 1994, Jacques returned to Bishop’s as the offensive coordinator and would eventually move on to Laval University in 1997 as the school’s head coach. Over five seasons with the Rouge et Or, he compiled a record of 27-13 and led Laval to a Vanier Cup championship in 1999.
Chapdelaine returned to the CFL in 2001 with the Calgary Stampeders as special teams and receivers coach. The club would go on to win the 2001 Grey Cup and Jacques would be promoted to offensive coordinator for the 2002 campaign.
A product of Simon Fraser University, Jacques was named to the All-Northwest team in 1982 in his last year with the Clan. A first-round selection of the BC Lions in 1983, Jacques played seven years in the CFL with BC (1983-85), Montreal (1985-86), Hamilton (1987-88) and Calgary (1989).
Jacques and his wife Kim live in Abbotsford, BC and have three children, Kaela, Mattew-Grae and Justin.