Stubler joining Eskimos coaching staff

December 13, 2010, 8:31 PM

B.C. Lions defensive line coach Rich Stubler will soon be unveiled as the new defensive coordinator for the Eskimos.

Stubler, a former head coach of the Toronto Argonauts, spent Monday cleaning out his office in Surrey B.C. – home of the Lions practice facility.

Stubler, who returned to the CFL last year after sitting out 2009, is still under payroll by Toronto after being fired mid-way through the 2008 season – his first as a head coach in the league. Even before Kavis Reed was hired in Edmonton, it became apparent that Stubler, whom Reed worked under on the defensive staff with the Argonauts, would be joining the Eskimos.

Team management tried to dispute a sportsnet.ca report – on the eve of Reed being named the 19th head coach in Eskimos history – which outlined some of Reed’s expected coaching staff. Earlier today, the organization announced Tim Prinsen would be retained as offensive line coach (confirming last week’s report) and that offensive coordinator Kevin Strasser, who was not listed as returning assistants, was out the door.

The 61-year-old Stubler has exclusively been a defensive coach, apart from his one stint as head coach and two short departures to the U.S., in the CFL since arriving in 1983. Between 1991 and 1995 he was the Eskimos defensive coordinator, the final year coaching then rookie defensive back Kavis Reed.

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