A familiar face returns to Toronto after helping guide the Argos to the 105th Grey Cup title in 2017.
Chamblin was named the 44th Head Coach in Argonaut history on December 10th, 2018, following a year coaching at the University of Arkansas.
The Birmingham, Alabama native was a key ingredient of the 2017 championship team, coordinating a defence that eventually provided two of the biggest plays in franchise history on a snowy Ottawa evening; Cassius Vaughn’s 109-yard fumble return for a touchdown, and Matt Black’s end-zone interception in the game’s dying seconds. The pick preserved a dramatic 27-24 come-from-behind win over Calgary.
Prior to joining the Argos, Chamblin had been the Head Coach of the Saskatchewan Roughriders for three-and-a-half seasons. His tenure with the Riders was highlighted by the 2013 season, when he led them to the 101st Grey Cup championship, and was awarded the Annis Stukas Award as the CFL Coach of the Year.
His first stint as a coordinator came in Hamilton in 2011. That season the Ticats reached the East Final for the first time in a decade, and would help Chamblin land the head coaching job in Regina.
Between 2008 and 2010 he was the Defensive Backs Coach of the Calgary Stampeders. It was with the Stamps that he would win his first of three CFL rings, a 22-14 win over Montreal in the 96th Grey Cup in 2008.
Chamblin’s first exposure to the CFL came in 2007 when he was named the Defensive Backs Coach with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. They would make it to the Grey Cup final in Toronto against Saskatchewan, but would lose to the Riders 23-19.
His first coaching experience came in NFL Europe in 2006 as an assistant DBs coach with the Rhein Fire, a team he had suited up for late in his playing career.
Chamblin played defensive back and on special teams in the NFL and NFL Europe for six seasons with Jacksonville, Baltimore, Green Bay, Tampa Bay, Denver and Indianapolis, as well as with Rhein. His individual highlight happened with Jacksonville. In a 1999 AFC divisional playoff game he blocked a punt in the Jaguars 62-7 win over Miami, which became the final game of Dan Marino’s Hall-of-Fame career.
Chamblin attended Tennessee Tech, where he was a safety with the Golden Eagles 1995-1998. He was named honourable mention All-OVC in his junior season.
He was a standout player on both sides of the ball at Ensley High School in Birmingham before heading to Tennessee Tech where he earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology.
2019: Toronto Argonauts, Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator
2018: University of Arkansas, Quality Control and Defensive Backs Coach
2017: Toronto Argonauts, Defensive Coordinator
2012-2015: Saskatchewan Roughriders, Head Coach
2011: Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Defensive Coordinator
2008-10: Calgary Stampeders, Defensive Backs Coach
2007: Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Defensive Backs Coach
2006: Rhein Fire (NFL Europe), Assistant Defensive Backs Coach