Paul LaPolice

Paul LaPolice

Ottawa, Ontario
CFL Coach | Leadership & Team Building Expert | Broadcasting Expert | Grey Cup Champion
Paul LaPolice is a veteran coach with over 25 years of experience in the Canadian Football League (CFL). He has been successful in leading teams to victory and is known for his expertise in leadership and team building. As the head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, he achieved one of the biggest turnarounds in CFL history, leading the team from a 4-14 record to first place in their division, winning the Eastern Championship and making an appearance in the 99th Grey Cup. Paul LaPolice was nominated for the CFL's Coach of the Year award in 2011. Paul LaPolice has also worked as an Offensive Coordinator for the Bombers, leading some of the best offences in the CFL and helping the team win the Grey Cup in 2019. Before Winnipeg, Paul LaPolice was part of the coaching staff for the Toronto Argonauts, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and the Saskatchewan Roughriders, winning the championship in 2007 with the Riders. Paul LaPolice spent seven years in the US college ranks before joining the CFL in 2000.
  • Leadership
  • Peak Performance
  • Personal Growth
  • Resilience & Adversity
  • Teamwork
  • Athletes & Sports
  • Award Galas & After Dinner
  • Campus & University Speakers
  • Career Development
  • Conferences & Summits
  • Corporate Audience
  • Education & Teachers
  • Executive Leadership & C-Suite


Paul LaPolice knows a lot about leadership and building teams. With over twenty-five years of coaching experience, time spent as a Canadian Football League head coach and assistant, and presently as a member of the CFL on the TSN broadcast team, he has had continued success bringing out the best in people.

As head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Paul LaPolice led the Bombers to one of the biggest turnarounds in CFL history. He took a team that finished 4-14 in 2010 and brought them to first place in their division for the first time in ten years. On top of that, they also won the Eastern Championship and made an appearance in the 99th Grey Cup. Paul LaPolice was nominated for CFL’s Coach of the Year award for his work in 2011. As the Offensive Coordinator of the Bombers again from 2016-2019, Paul LaPolice directed some of the best offenses in the CFL and helped the team win the Grey Cup in 2019. Which led him to the opportunity to become the head coach of the Ottawa Redblacks from 2020-2022.

Before being named head coach in Winnipeg, Paul LaPolice was part of the coaching staff for the Toronto Argonauts, Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Saskatchewan Roughriders. While working with the Riders, he coached in two Grey Cups, winning the championship in 2007. As the offensive coordinator in Winnipeg in 2002, Paul LaPolice engineered one of the most powerful and explosive offences in CFL history, which set a total of 14 offensive team records. Hall of Fame Receiver Milt Stegall had the best year of his career under LaPolice’s leadership in 2002 and was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player, and Quarterback Khari Jones threw the 2nd most touchdowns in CFL history the same year.

A native of Nashua, NH, Paul LaPolice spent seven years in the US college ranks with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, The University of New Hampshire, Western Connecticut State, and Maine Maritime Academy before joining the professional ranks of the CFL in 2000 at the young age of 29.



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Paul LaPolice Topic Presentations

the name on front of the jersey is more important than the name on the back

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  • Football is the greatest sport because it is all-encompassing. It allows people from different cultures, locations and beliefs to come together to form a large team. Each team member needs to sacrifice his accomplishments for the good of the whole group. Sound familiar? We can all be taught the principles of building a team, communicating with that team, and motivating them. Learn some of the best motivational tools used in the locker rooms and team rooms of the Canadian Football League and bring them to your organization. Alana used this one for my college requests.

shaping your career - preparing for life after college

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  • Think you’re too young to have to think about your future? Think again! The decisions and opportunities created in college will shape your career path. The time to start thinking about your future is now. Paul’s achievements as an athlete, CFL coach and television personality can all be traced back to the decisions he made and the opportunities he created for himself while in school. As a student-athlete, he set in motion a series of events that would lead him to the career of his dreams. As a speaker,

    Paul shares his experiences and lessons learned while exploring ways for students to gain practical experience and plant the seeds for a future career. Using the backdrop of professional football and sports television broadcasting, Paul’s presentations are highly engaging and full of rousing anecdotes. Paul’s talent for storytelling and relating to students makes him the perfect speaker for the college crowd.

develop and execute a vision for your organization

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  • One of the biggest things a Leader has to do is set a vision for an organization. Learn the lessons of the Ultra Competitive Professional football world of building teams and creating visions, and see how they can translate into your organization. Learn how to make your co-workers embrace change buy into what you are trying to accomplish and eventually allow them to create their own visions. A presentation filled with great stories and lessons straight from Canadian Football League locker rooms and game fields. Understand what it takes to stay on message and continue to define the vision you have for your organization.

a new team, a new season, a new challenge

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  • Learn what leaders do whether it is taking over a new project or moving into a new job. Hear about the skills that are needed to hit the ground running, to make good sound decisions and how to keep your ego from clouding your decision making progress. Professional Football coaches have to reload each season with a new message and a new plan to lead their organization to success. Understand what the right steps are to building a successful foundation for your Team.

success is in the details

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  • Professional football is one of the most detailed sports with many people who have to all be on the same page, who have to work together and execute when the lights are on them. You will be amazed at the lengths and measures that coaches go to, to make sure every detail and every situation is communicated to their players and reviewed. Learn the fun and interesting lessons that football can teach you to have a detailed and prepared team.

dealing with adversity

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  • In the high-stress world that faces all of us, we need to learn how to deal with failure and how to overcome challenges. Results are expected immediately, and the pressures to succeed can be daunting. Learn how to Adapt, Improvise, Overcome challenges, refocus and become successful because Competitors come back stronger. Lessons from the very public, highly competitive and highly stressful world of Professional Football.

a playbook for communications

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  • This seminar will talk about best practices to communicate with your clients and interact with people. This seminar will also discuss how to use social media to create a buzz or build a bigger base for your product. Lessons in what things for your employers to avoid in dealing with the social media world. Concerned with your team’s ability to deal with the media or have a large topic to present, learn practices to be able to be effective in this media world.


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Articles & Media

Paul LaPolice: Meet The Ottawa Redblacks New Head Coach

FACES Magazine

LaPolice was born in New Hampshire and is an alumni of both Plymouth and Western Connecticut State Universities. He has had a decorated coaching career that began as early as his college years. He’s spent over 20 years in the CFL. In that time, he’s held several positions with the Toronto...

Redblacks hire Paul LaPolice as the second head coach in franchise history

Timmins Today

The Ottawa Redblacks have hired Paul LaPolice as the second head coach in team history. LaPolice comes to Ottawa from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, where he was the offensive co-ordinator for the Grey Cup champions. The 49-year-old LaPolice agreed to a three-year deal with the Redblacks.

LaPolice, Nichols together again, this time with the CFL’s Ottawa Redblacks

Global News

Paul LaPolice has been down this road before. The 51-year-old American is entering his first season as head coach of an Ottawa Redblacks squad that posted a CFL-worst 3-15 record in 2019. So it figures expectations for the team aren’t high as it prepares to open the ’21 season visiting the...

Ottawa Redblacks GM Marcel Desjardins, coach Paul LaPolice returning in 2021

Global News

LaPolice, who won a Grey Cup as offensive co-ordinator of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2019, hopes to coach his first game with the Redblacks next year after the 2020 CFL season was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Redblacks finished a league-worst 3-15 last year after going to...

The Rod Pedersen Show


Earn Your Spot! Ottawa REDBLACKS Head Coach Paul LaPolice Talks Roster Decisions And CFL Schedule!

Bonfire Sports

Darrin Bauming

Paul LaPolice LIVE 1-on-1

CBC News


Paul LaPolice jumps at chance to rejoin Bombers
Paul LaPolice jumps at chance to rejoin Bombers


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Known as a popular key note speaker in Canada, Paul LaPolice creates life changing experiences for the participants with practical insights and strategic advice they can implement right after the session. Working with a one our leading expert speaker like Paul LaPolice from Ottawa, Ontario offers organizations a fresh perspective to assist the people of the organization. No matter if it is a government, association, or business crowd, Paul LaPolice is a perfect speaker for your event. Through unique practical insights for trending topics and years experience speaking to different organizations, Paul LaPolice focuses on changing individuals to make better decisions at work and their lives. No matter if you are holding an in person or virtual event, having an influential speaker such as Paul LaPolice will engage, motivate, and activate the audience to make a change in their lives and inspire action for results to meet organizational goals. Your workforce will benefit from Paul LaPolice’s presentations and speeches, with measurable results set to shift the people of the organization and core direction of the company. Book Paul LaPolice speaker for your annual general meeting, conference, summit, or convention in Canada.

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