Rich Stubler

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Rich Stubler
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Rich Stubler, Defensive Coordinator for the Calgary Stampeders, on the field at McMahon Stadium before the Canadian Football League's Western Division Final on 23 November 2014.
Sport(s) Canadian football
Current position
Title Special advisor to the defensive coordinator
Team Montreal Alouettes
Biographical details
Born (1949-08-04) August 4, 1949 (age 68)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1971–1973 Roaring Fork HS (defence)
1974 Colorado (freshmen)
1975–1977 New Mexico State (DB coach)
1978 SMU (DB coach)
1979–1982 Colorado State (DC/DB coach)
19831989 Hamilton Tiger-Cats (DC)
1990 Toronto Argonauts (DC)
19911995 Edmonton Eskimos (DC)
1996–1997 University of Oregon (DC)
19981999 Edmonton Eskimos (DC)
2000 BC Lions (DC)
2001–2002 Detroit Fury (DC)
2003–2007 Toronto Argonauts (Asst. HC/DC)
2008 Toronto Argonauts
2010 BC Lions (DL coach)
2011 Edmonton Eskimos (DC)
20122013 BC Lions (DC)
20142015 Calgary Stampeders (DC)
2016-2017 Toronto Argonauts (DC)
2018-present Montreal Alouettes (special advisor)

Richard Stubler (born August 4, 1949) is the special advisor to the defensive coordinator for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.

After graduating from the University of Northern Colorado, Stubler began his coaching career in 1971 at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale, Colorado. After winning 30 games and a state championship in three seasons, he moved on in 1974 to be the freshmen coach for the University of Colorado at Boulder team.[1]

Stubler was then the New Mexico State Aggies' secondary coach from 1975 to 1977. After that, he spent one season with the Mustangs of Southern Methodist University. Stubler was a member of the Colorado State Rams coaching staff from 1979–82.[2]

Rich Stubler began his CFL coaching career in 1983 when he joined the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, helping lead the team to a Grey Cup in 1986 as linebackers coach. In 1990, Stubler was the defensive coordinator for the Toronto Argonauts. He joined the Edmonton Eskimos’ coaching staff in 1991, winning his second league championship in 1993. Stubler's "Edge" defense was noteworthy for lining up defensive tackles and ends 1-2 yards off the line of scrimmage to offer defensive linemen better vision and tackling angles; it allowed the fewest points in their division in the 1993 season (12-3 record in the CFL West), the second fewest in the 1994 season (13-5 in the CFL West), and the fewest in the 1995 season (13-5 in the CFL North).

Following the 1995 season, Stubler was hired as Defensive Coordinator by University of Oregon Head Coach Mike Bellotti. Bellotti, with a team fresh off appearances in the 1994 Rose Bowl (with Nick Allioti, Defensive Coordinator) and the 1995 Cotton Bowl (with Charlie Waters, Defensive Coordinator), was intrigued by Stubler's defensive innovation. Whether due to personnel, strategy, or the differences between CFL and NCAA football, Stubler's Oregon defenses could not duplicate Edmonton's success: Oregon finished the 1996 Pac-10 season with the 9th rated defense in the conference, a 6-5 (3-5 Pac-10) record, and did not go to a bowl; Oregon finished the 1997 Pac-10 season with the 10th rated defense (440.5 ypg, 30.6 ppg) in the conference, a 7-5 (3-5 Pac-10) record, and played in the Las Vegas Bowl.

Stubler resigned from Oregon prior to the Las Vegas Bowl in December, 1997 to resume his career in the CFL, rejoining the Edmonton Eskimos from 1998 to 1999 before moving on to help the BC Lions capture the Grey Cup in 2000.[2]

Stubler coached in the Arena Football League as the defensive coordinator for the expansion Detroit Fury from 2001 to 2002.[2] Upon the conclusion of both AFL seasons, Stubler rejoined the Toronto Argonauts late into their seasons as a defensive consultant.

In 2003 Stubler joined the Argonauts full-time as their defensive coordinator. In 2004, the Argonauts defeated the BC Lions 27–19 in the 92nd Grey Cup to give Stubler his fourth championship.[2] On December 6, 2007, he was announced to replace the outgoing Pinball Clemons as head coach of the Argonauts for 2008.[3]

After a 4–6 start to the 2008 season, Stubler was fired as head coach of the Toronto Argonauts on September 9, 2008, and replaced with former Argonauts' head coach Don Matthews.[4]

For the 2009 off-season and the 2009 season, Stubler was hired by Cedaredge High School, the small public high school of Cedaredge, Colorado, as head coach. Stubler explained his choice for the no-name football team with needing a break.[5] The team, which had shown weak performances in previous years, finished the season with Stubler with 2 wins out of 10 games (no draws).[6]

On March 21, 2010, it was announced that Stubler had accepted a Defensive Line Coaching position with the BC Lions.[7]

For the 2011 season, Stubler returned for his third stint with the Eskimos, as the team's defensive coordinator.

On January 3, 2018, Stubler became the special advisor to defensive coordinator Kahlil Carter for the Montreal Alouettes for the 2018 CFL season.[8]

CFL coaching record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Result
TOR 2008 4 6 0 .400 3rd in East Division Fired

External links

  • Fitz-Gerald, Sean (December 7, 2007). "Just another good day for Stubler". National Post. Canada. 
  • Simmons, Steve (September 10, 2009). "Stubler just didn't fit". Toronto Sun. 
  • Conrad, John. "Are the Ducks Getting Defensive?". 
  • Conrad, John. "Stubler Resigns from Oregon". 


  1. ^ Fitz-Gerald, Sean (December 7, 2007). "Just another good day for Stubler". National Post. Canada. Retrieved December 8, 2007. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Toronto Argonauts Coaching Profile". Archived from the original on November 24, 2007. Retrieved December 5, 2007. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Argos fire Stubler, bring back Matthews". CBC Sports. September 9, 2008. Retrieved September 9, 2008. 
  5. ^ Sam Farnsworth (August 20, 2009). Football Campin': Cedaredge High School. NBC11News (retrieved February 25, 2010).
  6. ^ (no author, no date). Cedaredge Bruins High School Football Home. MaxPreps (retrieved February 25, 2010)
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  8. ^ "Als name coordinators for 2018 season". January 3, 2018. 
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