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Marcel Bellefeuille

Marcel Bellefeuille (born March 19, 1966[1]) is a scout for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He also served as the head coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for a three and a half year term. He won a Vanier Cup championship as the head coach of the Ottawa Gee-Gees in 2000. In 2018 he served as offensive coordinator for the for the Queen's Gaels football team of U Sports.

Marcel Bellefeuille
Edmonton Eskimos
Born: (1966-03-19) March 19, 1966 (age 53)
Ottawa, Ontario
Career information
UniversityOttawa
Career history
As coach
1995–1997Ottawa Gee-Gees (Assistant)
1998–2000Ottawa Gee-Gees (HC)
20012002Saskatchewan Roughriders (RBs/WRs)
20032005Saskatchewan Roughriders (OC)
2006Montreal Alouettes (RBs/WRs)
2007Montreal Alouettes (OC)
2008Hamilton Tiger-Cats (OC)
20082011Hamilton Tiger-Cats (HC)
2012Omaha Nighthawks (OC/WRs)
20132015Winnipeg Blue Bombers (OC)
20162017BC Lions (WR)
2018–presentQueen's Gaels (OC)
Career highlights and awards
Honours
  • 1999 OQIFC Coach of the Year

Coaching careerEdit

University of OttawaEdit

Bellefeuille was hired by the Ottawa Gee-Gees as their assistant head-coach in 1995.[2] He spent the next three seasons at the same position before being promoted to head coach in 1998.[2] In 1999, he was named OQIFC Coach of the Year and then, in 2000, he led the Gee-Gees to a Vanier Cup victory.[2]

Saskatchewan RoughridersEdit

After the win in the Vanier Cup, Bellefeuille was hired by the Saskatchewan Roughriders as an assistant.[2] In 2003, he was named the offensive coordinator.[2] In three seasons, he helped the Roughriders running backs total 7,000 rushing yards.[2]

Montreal AlouettesEdit

After leaving Saskatchewan, Bellefeuille joined the Montreal Alouettes in 2006 as their running backs and wide receivers coach.[2] In 2007, he was promoted to Offensive Coordinator and running backs coach. In his 1st season in Montreal, he helped Robert Edwards lead the CFL in touchdowns with 17.[2] Bellefeuille also helped the Alouettes be the only team with two 1,000 yard receivers in Kerry Watkins and Ben Cahoon.[2]

Hamilton Tiger-CatsEdit

In 2008, Bellefeuille was hired by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to be their offensive coordinator and Quarterbacks coach.[2] In September 2008, following Charlie Taaffe's firing, he was named the interim head coach.[3] On October 27, he was officially named Taaffe's replacement.[4] His record as the Ti-Cats interim coach was 1-7-0. On January 15, 2009, Bellefeuille completed his staff shake-up by hiring Greg Marshall as his defensive coordinator and Mike Gibson as his offensive coordinator.[5] Before the Tiger-Cats final 2009 preseason game against the Toronto Argonauts, Bellefeuille said that, "The only thing we know for certain as a coaching staff and as an organization is that Nick Setta will be our kicker."[6] In three full seasons as the head coach of the Ti-Cats, Bellefeuille posted a 26-28 record, making the playoffs every season and going to the East Final in 2011. While the team had made an East Final appearance, they had a losing record in 2011 and he was relieved of his duties after season's end.

Omaha NighthawksEdit

Prior to the 2012 UFL season, Bellefeuille was announced as offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach for the United Football League's Omaha Nighthawks. Like Bellefeuille, Omaha head coach Bart Andrus is also a former CFL head coach, having coached the Toronto Argonauts in 2009.[7]

Winnipeg Blue BombersEdit

On August 12, 2013, Bellefeuille signed on with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL as a member of the team's offensive coaching staff. Six days later, he was promoted to offensive coordinator following the dismissal of Gary Crowton.[8]

CFL coaching recordEdit

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Result
HAM 2008 1 7 0 .125 4th in East Division Missed Playoffs
HAM 2009 9 9 0 .500 2nd in East Division 0 1 Lost East Semi-Final
HAM 2010 9 9 0 .500 2nd in East Division 0 1 Lost East Semi-Final
HAM 2011 8 10 0 .444 3rd in East Division 1 1 Lost East Final
Total 27 35 0 .435 0 East Division
Championships
1 3 0 Grey Cups

PersonalEdit

Bellefeuille was born in Ottawa, attended Ridgemont High School, and played both running back and defensive back with the Ottawa Gee-Gees.[9] He now lives with his wife Julie and their four children (2 sons:Mathias Bellefeuille and Cedric Bellefeuille and 2 daughters) Winnipeg, Manitoba.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 9, 2012. Retrieved November 15, 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Hamilton Tiger-Cats coaching bio". Hamilton Tiger-Cats Football Club. Archived from the original on December 1, 2011. Retrieved June 24, 2009.
  3. ^ Masters, Mark (September 10, 2008). "Bellefeuille plans to shake up Ticats". National Post. Canada: Canada.com. Retrieved June 24, 2009.
  4. ^ "Tiger-Cats name Bellefeuille full-time coach". CBC Sports. October 27, 2008. Retrieved June 24, 2009.
  5. ^ "Tiger-Cats add Miller to defensive staff". CBC Sports. January 15, 2009. Retrieved June 24, 2009.
  6. ^ Edwards, Drew (June 23, 2009). "It's now or never for Cats on bubble". The Hamilton Spectator. Retrieved June 24, 2009.
  7. ^ "2012 Omaha Nighthawks Coaching Staff". Archived from the original on September 7, 2012.
  8. ^ "Blue Bombers fire offensive coordinator Crowton". TSN.ca. August 18, 2013.
  9. ^ Peters, Ken (September 9, 2008). "Cat-land just got a lot louder". The Hamilton Spectator. Archived from the original on January 9, 2009. Retrieved June 25, 2009.