Chris returns for his third season with the Lions’ coaching staff in 2018 and fourth year in the CFL as he oversees one of the CFL’s top group of linebackers.
In 2017, Chris’ work with the incredible Solomon Elimimian resulted in another record-breaking season as he set a new single season defensive tackle record (144) and earned both CFL and West Division All-Star honours. The future hall of famer was also the club’s double nominee as Outstanding Player and Outstanding Defensive Player.
A veteran of the NCAA coaching ranks, Chris began his football career as a graduate assistant at the University of Washington in 1980. In 1982, he served as an assistant at Idaho where he had also played linebacker and defensive end from 1973 to 1977 and earned All-Conference honours in 1976 and 1977. He returned to Washington in 1984 and spent the next 11 seasons with the Huskies before being named head coach at Idaho in 1995.
After five years with the Vandals which included a Big West Conference championship win in 1998 as well as Coach of the Year honours, Chris moved to the University of Nevada as head coach in 2000 and served four seasons for the Wolfpack.
He returned to UW for a third time in 2004 as an assistant and another productive five-year stint before moving on to the University of Hawaii in 2009 for a pair of seasons. In 2011, he returned to the Northwest, but this time with state rival Washington State tutoring linebackers and eventually to the University of Wyoming for two years as defensive coordinator and secondary coach 2012 and 2013.