Defensive Line Coach
CFL: 4th season
Stamps: 4th season
Mace is in his ninth season in the Stampeders organization and his fourth as the defensive line coach.
During the 2018 season, the Stamps’ defensive line was instrumental to a unit that allowed the fewest points in the CFL. Calgary tied for the league lead with 45 sacks with five different linemen – Micah Johnson (14), Ja’Gared Davis (seven), James Vaughters (five), Junior Turner (four) and Cordarro Law (four) – contributing at least four QB takedowns to that total. The Stamps also allowed a league-low 86.5 rushing yards per game. Johnson recorded a career high in sacks and was named a West Division and CFL all-star while earning the team nomination for the CFL’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player award.
In 2017, the defensive line was part of a Calgary defence that allowed opposing offences a league-low 301 points. The Stamps led the CFL with 125 quarterback pressures and were tied for first with 50 sacks. Charleston Hughes led the CFL with 11 sacks while Davis and Johnson each had nine. Hughes and Johnson earned CFL all-star recognition.
In his first season as a coach, Mace oversaw a group that included 2016 CFL sack leader Hughes. As a unit, the Stamps defensive line produced 46 of the Stamps’ league-leading 53 sacks. The line was also instrumental in a run defence that allowed the Stamps to tie for league lows in touchdowns allowed (11) and average opponents’ gain per rush (4.6 yards). Hughes and Johnson both earned CFL all-star honours.
The Vancouver native joined the Stampeders as a player in 2010 and appeared in 40 regular-season games for the Red and White. The defensive tackle recorded 44 tackles and four sacks during his Calgary career and scored two touchdowns — one on a reception as part of the short-yardage unit and one on a fumble recovery. Mace also played six post-season contests for the Stamps including the 2014 Grey Cup, in which he recorded a sack to help Calgary defeat Hamilton for the title.
Mace won the Stamps’ 2014 Presidents’ Ring award as voted by teammates for his contributions on and off the field and remains an active member of the community. He has hosted 15 clients from Enviros — a Calgary-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of family life in Alberta — at every Stamps home game as part of the Mace’s Faces program and has spearheaded a Christmas turkey and ham drive to benefit local food banks since 2013.
Prior to joining the Stampeders, Mace spent three seasons (2007-09) in the National Football League — playing a total of five games for the Buffalo Bills — and starred at the University of Wyoming, where he earned second-team all-Mountain West honours during his senior season.
Corey Mace’s Coaching History
2016-19 – Calgary Stampeders (CFL) – Defensive Line Coach