Glenwood Springs High School grad returns to professional coaching in Canadian Football League
Rich Stubler has returned to the professional football coaching ranks.
Stubler, a 1967 graduate of Glenwood Springs High School, is headed back to Canada after a one-year stop in the high school ranks at Cedaredge High School.
According to the Vancouver Sun, the B.C. Lions announced Sunday that Stubler has been added to the coaching staff as defensive line coach, rejoining the Canadian Football League team he helped to a 2000 Grey Cup title as defensive coordinator.
“Rich brings a significant coaching resume to his position with us, and I believe he will be a strong asset to our club,” Lions GM and head coach Wally Buono said in a statement.
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For Stubler, it’s his second stint with the Lions after helping lead the club to a Grey Cup title over the Montreal Alouettes. Stubler has coached on four Grey Cup-winning teams. He helped build Toronto’s defense into one of the league’s best when he arrived there in 2003.
Stubler was promoted from defensive coordinator to head coach of the Toronto Argonauts in 2008.
“We looked at a number of candidates to fill the role of defensive line coach, and the name we kept coming back to was Rich’s,” Lions defensive coordinator Mike Benevides said in a statement. “He is the right man coming in at the right time. His work around the league speaks for itself, and the overall similarity in our defensive philosophies is something that will be of tremendous benefit to our club.”
Stubler said he was excited about the prospect of joining the Leos’ coaching staff.
“The Lions are a strong veteran team, and I am very pleased to get an opportunity to work with Wally, Mike and the rest of the staff,” he said in the Sun article.
Stubler graduated from the University of Wyoming, where he played on a football scholarship. He joined the Roaring Fork High School coaching staff as an assistant and helped lead the Rams to a state title. He left Roaring Fork to take on a graduate assistantship at the University of Colorado and then went on to coach the secondary at New Mexico State, Southern Methodist and Colorado State. He served as a defensive coordinator at CSU in 1982. He started his coaching career in Canada in 1983.
Stubler Memorial Field at Glenwood Springs High School is named after Rich’s father Nick, who once coached the Demons and served as the school’s athletic director.
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