Mark Kilam | Calgary Stampeders
Mark Kilam

Special Teams Coordinator

CFL: 11th season
Stamps: 11th season

Kilam is entering his 11th season with the Stampeders and his sixth as special teams coordinator.

The Stamps’ 2014 special teams saw the emergence of two new returners in Jock Sanders and Sederrik Cunningham. Sanders finished third in the league in punt-return yards (506) and second in missed field goal-return yards (201) while Cunningham ended up second in the CFL in kickoff return yards (734). Cunningham (1,125) and Sanders (1,005) both exceeded 1,000 combined return yards for the season.

Kicker Rene Paredes was tops in the CFL with 80 kickoffs for 5,052 yards. The Stamps did not give up a special teams touchdown all season and the kickoff team led the league in average drive start. Special teams scored three touchdowns on the season including a Keenan MacDougall blocked punt that he scooped up for the TD, a Bo Levi Mitchell score on a fake field goal and a Cunningham punt return which was the Stamps’ first punt-return score since Oct. 7, 2007. Karl McCartney tied for second in the league with 23 special-teams tackles. Sanders and Glenn Love both picked up weekly CFL honours while punter Rob Maver, who was second in the CFL with a punting average of 45.4 yards and in punts inside the 20 with 38, was named a West Division all-star.

The 2013 season produced three CFL all-stars for the Calgary special-teams unit in Paredes, Maver and returner Larry Taylor. Paredes’ exceptional season was highlighted by two new league records including longest consecutive field goal streak (39) and field goal efficiency (94.7 per cent) and culminate with being named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Special Teams Player. The Stamps also excelled on coverage, leading the league in net punting and placing second in kickoff coverage.

In 2012, Stamps kicking duo Maver and Paredes were named CFL all-stars. 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 their own return teams. They also had the longest kickoff return of the season with an 84-yarder. McCartney finished third in the CFL in special-teams tackles (23).

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 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 Paredes was signed after a Week 1 injury to 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.

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.

Kilam has won two Grey Cups — both with the Stampeders in 2008 and 2014.

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 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

2010-14 – 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


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2:30 pm Sunday, November 22, 2015
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