CFL: 9th season
Stamps: 9th season
Kilam is entering his ninth season with the Stampeders and his fourth as special teams coordinator.
The Stamps special teams excelled in 2012 as they generated two CFL all-stars in punter Rob Maver and kicker Rene Paredes. Maver led the CFL in net punting with a 36.2-yard average while Paredes set a new franchise record and turned in the second-best single-season success rate in CFL history when by converting 93.0 per cent of his field-goal attempts in 2012. The cover teams led the league in fewest big plays allowed while the Stamps ranked second in the CFL in big plays made by their own return teams. They also had the longest kickoff return of the season with an 84-yarder. Karl McCartney finished third in the CFL in special-teams tackles (23). Before getting injured, Larry Taylor was among league leaders and returned a missed field goal 125 yards for a touchdown — the third-longest in team history.
During the 2011 season, the Stamps’ special teams units produced a CFL all-star in punter Burke Dales and two West Division all-stars in Dales and returner Larry Taylor. Dales led the CFL in 2011 and established a career best by averaging 47.2 yards per punt. Taylor led the West Division and was second in the CFL with 1,778 combined yards on punt, kickoff and missed field-goal returns.
For a second consecutive season, the Stamps featured a rookie kicker in 2011 as free agent Rene Paredes was signed after a Week 1 injury to Rob Maver. Including the playoffs, Paredes converted on 38 of 48 field goals including conversions on seven of nine tries from 40 yards or more.
In 2010, Kilam worked with rookie Maver, who won the CFL scoring title and set the all-time Stamps mark for scoring by a rookie, with 185 points. Dales was voted to the CFL all-star team and he led the league with a 45.6-yard punting average.
In addition, the Stamps’ Deon Murphy topped all West Division players with 911 kickoff-return yards and was among the league leaders with 1,586 total return yards.
Prior to assuming the special teams coordinator’s position, Kilam worked in the dual roles of linebackers coach and strength and conditioning coach during the 2009 season, contributing to a Calgary defence that allowed the fewest points in the West Division.
In 2008, Kilam worked with a defence that allowed the fewest points, touchdowns, and points per game in the CFL.
Kilam joined the team in 2005 as strength and conditioning coach and began assisting the defence from the coaches’ box on game day at mid-season. The following season, he worked as the defensive quality control coach and assisted with the linebackers. In 2007, he coached the nickel and dime backs and was promoted to linebackers coach during the year.
Before he joined the Stampeders, Kilam coached on the defensive staff of the Southern Alberta All-Star Team in the Provincial Senior Bowl from 2003-05. Kilam also coached on the defensive staff with the Cochrane Cobras (2002-05), who went undefeated and won three provincial high school championships in that time.
Kilam worked in the strength and conditioning field for over 10 years. Prior to 2009, Kilam worked as the director of football for several high-profile sports development companies. He supervised one of the country’s biggest football-specific strength and conditioning programs and worked with hundreds of football athletes per year, including the University of Calgary Dinos football team and the Calgary Colts junior team. Kilam is certified as a strength and conditioning specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Kilam played linebacker for the University of Alberta from 1997-2001 and was a team captain. Kilam graduated with a Bachelor of Physical Education majoring in sport and performance while working at the university’s Athlete Training Center.
Mark and his wife Andrea have two daughters.
Mark Kilam's Coaching History
2010-12 – Calgary Stampeders (CFL) – Special Teams Coordinator
2007-09 – Calgary Stampeders (CFL) – Linebackers/Strength & Conditioning Coach
2005-06 – Calgary Stampeders (CFL) – Strength & Conditioning Coach/Defensive Assistant