Bryan Chiu named head coach at alma mater Vancouver College

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Future Canadian Football Hall of Fame inductee Bryan Chiu has been named the head coach at Vancouver College.

Chiu played at the school before going on to Washington State University where he completed a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences majoring in Sports Management. He spent 13 seasons with the Montreal Alouettes after being selected in the second round of the 1996 CFL Draft, winning two Grey Cups and being named a CFL all-star seven times.

The 47-year-old has since served as an assistant coach with the B.C. Lions, Toronto Argonauts, Ottawa Redblacks and Concordia University. He won a third Grey Cup as the offensive line coach in the nation’s capital in 2016.

Vancouver College, a private all-boys catholic school located in the city’s Shaughnessy neighbourhood, is one of British Columbia’s oldest high school football programs. Over the years it has produced many well-known CFL players, including offensive lineman Peter Dyakowski, linebacker Kevin Eiben, punter Sean Fleming, linebacker Adam Konar, and centre Angus Reid, as well as hall of fame coach and general manager Cal Murphy. Defensive lineman Christian Covington of the Los Angeles Chargers and tight end Rysen John of the New York Giants also attended the school.

Chiu began coaching at Vancouver College during the 2019 season, following his firing by the B.C. Lions. He took over the role of offensive line coach from Kelly Bates, who would in turn replace Chiu in the same role with the Leos. The Fighting Irish would go on to put together one of the greatest seasons in the history of B.C. High School Sports, rolling past Lord Tweedsmuir in the Subway Bowl final by a score of 45-0.

Chiu takes over the program from head coach Todd Bernett, who announced he was stepping down from the role last month after 23 years at the helm. The former Eastern Washington quarterback lead the school to two provincial titles in the top job while helping countless players on to their post-secondary future, both in and out of football.

Chiu will begin his role as head coach this summer.