12/19/2014 12:12 EST | Updated 02/18/2015 05:59 EST

Roughriders hire veteran coach Chapdelaine to be offensive co-ordinator

REGINA - The Saskatchewan Roughriders hired veteran coach Jacques Chapdelaine to be their offensive co-ordinator on Friday.

He started his CFL coaching career in 2001 with the Calgary Stampeders as a special-teams co-ordinator/receivers coach and became the team's offensive co-ordinator the next season.

Chapdelaine, 53, spent 10 seasons (2003-'06, 2008-'13) with the B.C. Lions, including six years as offensive co-ordinator. In 2007, he was an assistant head coach and offensive co-ordinator with the Edmonton Eskimos.

He succeeds George Cortez as offensive co-ordinator in Saskatchewan. The Roughriders finished third in the West Division last season with a 10-8 record but dropped an 18-10 decision to Edmonton in the division semifinal.

Chapdelaine spent last year as head coach at Simon Fraser University in the NCAA's Great Northwest Athletic Conference. As a player, Chapdelaine starred with the SFU Clan before a seven-year CFL career that included stops in B.C., Montreal, Hamilton and Calgary.