Chuck McMann enters his eighth season as the Lions’ special teams coordinator and adds the role of tutoring the club’s running backs back to his position after coaching the position from 2008 through 2010.
Last season, Lions special teams ranked in the top-five in punt returns with Tim Brown ranking fourth among returners with 503 yards on 44 attempts with a 75-yard TD return coming against Saskatchewan, a pair of 70-yarders against Toronto in August. Brown also notched a 74-yards kickoff return versus Montreal in the East Division Semi-Final. . Kicker Paul McCallum ranked sixth in scoring with 152 points in 2014 but owned the CFL’s best success rate on field goals at 90.5% while becoming just the second kicker in pro football history to hit the 3000-point mark.
An 19-year CFL coaching veteran, McMann spent 10 CFL seasons as a receiver and running back with the Montreal Alouettes and Concordes (1976-1985). After a playing 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, guiding the Cheetahs to a Bol d’Or Quebec Junior College Championship that year.
From 1988 to 1991, McMann served in various roles including head coach, defensive coordinator and special teams coach at the University of Waterloo before returning to 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. Prior to joining the club in 2008, Chuck was the Calgary Stampeders’ receivers coach in 2007.
In 2001, McMann assumed the role of head coach for the McGill University Redmen. Over six seasons in the CIS, the McMann-led Redmen posted a 29-28 record, made five post-season appearances and captured 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.