Lions head coach DeVone Claybrooks rounds out coaching staff

New B.C. Lions head coach DeVone Claybrooks has rounded out his coaching staff.

Veteran coach Rich Stubler officially assumes the defensive coordinator and linebacker coaching roles.

Calgary is where Stubler and Claybrooks spent two seasons together with the Stampeders as defensive coordinator and defensive line coach respectively. Claybrooks defensive philosophies are largely based on what he’s learned from Stubler.

The group features many former players: Drew Tate as quarterbacks coach, Bryan Chiu offensive line, Nik Lewis running backs, Markus Howell receivers, Chris Ellis defensive line, Ryan Phillips defensive backs and Keith Stokes special teams and offensive assistant.

Meanwhile, Taylor Altilio the Lions new special teams coordinator played Canadian university football and was the Calgary Stampeders assistant special teams coach learning under well-respected Mark Kilam.

For seven seasons, Tate and new Lions head coach DeVone Claybrooks were members of the Calgary Stampeders organization together.

Chiu was a three-time Grey Cup champion and six-time league all-star as a player. Since then Chiu has coached offensive line groups in Toronto and Ottawa.

Lewis was a guest coach with the Saskatchewan Roughriders during training camp last spring and officially retired as a player with the Calgary Stampeders in July.

Howell played 11 seasons in the CFL and he’s coached eight seasons since.

Ellis was a third-round pick, 72nd overall in the 2008 NFL draft by the Buffalo Bills, playing four seasons with the Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers. He played one season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2012.

Phillips was a two-time Grey Cup champion, four-time league all-star during his 13-year playing career.

Stokes recorded 3,734 punt return yards and nine touchdowns plus 4,132 kick return yards and one touchdown to go with 178 receptions for 2,517 yards and 10 touchdowns during seven CFL seasons.

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