Leroy Blugh
Queen's Gaels
Blugh before a Redblacks game in 2019.
Born: (1966-05-14) May 14, 1966 (age 57)
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Career information
CFL statusNational
Position(s)Defensive line coach
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight230 lb (100 kg)
High schoolNapanee District Secondary
CFL draft1989, Round: 1, Pick: 7
Drafted byEdmonton Eskimos
Career history
As coach
20052010Bishop's Gaiters (Head coach)
20112012Queen's Gaels (Asst. coach)
2013Edmonton Eskimos (DL coach)
20142019Ottawa Redblacks (DL coach)
2020BC Lions (DL coach)
2022–presentQueen's Gaels (DL coach)
As player
19892000Edmonton Eskimos
20012003Toronto Argonauts
Career highlights and awards
CFL West All-Star1996, 1998
Awards1996 CFL Most Outstanding Canadian
1996 Dr. Beattie Martin Trophy
Career stats

Leroy Blugh (born May 14, 1966) is a former professional Canadian football defensive lineman and the defensive line coach for the Queen's Gaels of U Sports football. He played for fifteen seasons in the Canadian Football League (CFL) for two different teams and was the winner of the CFL's Most Outstanding Canadian Award in 1996 and is a two-time CFL West Division All-Star and a 81st Grey Cup Champion (1993).[1] In 2015, he was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

Coaching career

Blugh served as the head football coach at Bishop's University, his alma mater, from 2005 until his resignation after the 2010 season.[2][3] He was named Defensive Line coach for Queen's University in August 2011 and spent two seasons with the Gaels.

After one year with the Edmonton Eskimos as their defensive line coach, he was hired by the Ottawa Redblacks to serve in the same capacity on February 3, 2014.[4] He spent six seasons with Ottawa, highlighted by a championship win in the 104th Grey Cup game. After the Redblacks' head coach, Rick Campbell, resigned and joined the BC Lions, Blugh was announced as part of his 2020 staff on January 6, 2020.[5] However, the team did not play in 2020 due to the cancellation of the 2020 CFL season and Blugh resigned from his position with the Lions on July 20, 2021, for personal reasons.[6] After sitting out for one year, he was named the defensive line coach for the Queen's Gaels on June 6, 2022.[7]

Personal life

Blugh was born in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and grew up in Napanee, Ontario, where his family moved when he was five years old.[8]


  1. ^ "Blugh brought back by Argos". CBC Sports. 2003-04-10. Retrieved 2009-02-15.
  2. ^ "Blugh named CIS Head Coach". Toronto Argonauts Football Club. 2005-04-16.
  3. ^ http://cfl.ca/article/blugh-steps-down-as-bishop-s-head-coach Blugh steps down as Bishop's Head Coach
  4. ^ "Blugh named REDBLACKS defensive line coach". Canadian Football League. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  5. ^ "BC Lions announce 2020 coaching staff". Canadian Football League. 6 January 2020. Retrieved January 6, 2020.
  6. ^ "Lions' DL coach Leroy Blugh leaves team for personal, health matters". Canadian Football League. July 20, 2021.
  7. ^ "Canadian Football Hall of Famer Leroy Blugh joins Queen's Football as Defensive Line Coach". Queen's Gaels. June 6, 2022.
  8. ^ "Leroy Blugh named Head Football Coach of the Bishop's Gaiters". Bishop's University. 2005-04-13. Retrieved 2009-03-13.

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