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Defensive Coordinator

CFL: 10th season
Stamps: 10th season

Brent Monson is in his 10th season as an assistant coach for the Calgary Stampeders and his first as defensive coordinator.

The Stamps allowed the fewest offensive points in the CFL in all four years of Monson’s second stint as Calgary’s linebackers coach. He was previously linebackers coach in 2010 and defensive line coach in 2011 before acting as running backs coach from 2012-14. He also served as the team’s strength and conditioning coach from 2010-14.

In 2018, Monson served as linebackers coach and helped oversee a defence that allowed a league-low 17.8 points per game to opposition offences. Calgary also allowed the fewest touchdowns (27) and the fewest rushing yards (86.5 per game) while sharing the league lead in turnovers forced (49) and sacks (45). In addition to working with a linebacker group that included standout Jameer Thurman on the weak side and CFL all-star Alex Singleton in the middle, Monson was the acting defensive coordinator for an Aug. 25 game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers while DeVone Claybrooks was in hospital due to illness.

In 2017, Monson’s linebacking corps was part of a Calgary defence that allowed the fewest points in the CFL and also ranked first in average offensive yards allowed (314.7 per game) and average yards per play (5.7). The linebacking crew was led by Alex Singleton, who was voted the CFL’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player for a season in which he established a league record for most tackles in a season by a Canadian and team marks for most defensive tackles and most total tackles in a season.

In 2016, outside linebacker Deron Mayo led the Stamps with 77 tackles while Singleton, as a rookie, emerged as the starter at middle linebacker.

The previous season, Monson oversaw a group that allowed just 16.1 points per game. Mayo led the team in tackles with 72 and Calgary also allowed just four rushing touchdowns in 2015, five fewer than any other team in the league.

Monson served as running backs coach from 2012-14.

In 2014, the Stamps running game led the league in several categories including net rushing yards (2,590), first downs rushing (156) and average yards rushing per game (143.9). The Stamps also were tops in the league in rushing touchdowns with 25. Running back Jon Cornish led the league in rushing for a third straight season with 1,082 yards despite playing in only nine games. He was named a CFL all-star and the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian. Cornish was one of four Stamps running backs to register a 100-yard rushing game during the season.

In 2013, the Stamps led the CFL in several rushing categories including most first downs (160), most net yards (2,547), highest average per-game yardage (141.5) and highest average gain per rush (6.2). Cornish finished the season as the CFL leader in touchdowns (14) and rushing yards (1,813), breaking his own record for rushing yards in a single season by a Canadian running back and reaching the fourth-best single-season total in CFL history. Cornish was named the 2013 Most Outstanding Player and Most Outstanding Canadian.

In 2012, during Monson’s first season overseeing the running backs, the Stamps led the CFL in rushing touchdowns with 20 and were second in the league with 2,088 rushing yards. Cornish led the CFL in rushing with 1,457 yards — setting a single-season record for most rushing yards by a Canadian in the process — and shared the league lead with 11 rushing touchdowns.

In 2011, Monson was Calgary’s defensive line and strength and conditioning coach.

In 2010, Monson handled a talented and accomplished linebacking corps that contributed to the Stamps defence allowing the fewest points in the West Division. In his first season at middle linebacker, Juwan Simpson shared the team lead with seven sacks, earned CFL all-star recognition and was a finalist for the league’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player award.

Monson is a graduate of McMaster University.

Brent Monson’s Coaching History

2019 – Calgary Stampeders (CFL) – Defensive Coordinator
2015-18 – Calgary Stampeders (CFL) – Linebackers Coach
2012-14 – Calgary Stampeders (CFL) – Running Backs/Strength & Conditioning Coach
2011 – Calgary Stampeders (CFL) – Defensive Line/Strength & Conditioning Coach
2010 – Calgary Stampeders (CFL) – Linebackers/Strength & Conditioning Coach