Defensive Line Coach
CFL: 6th season
Stamps: 6th season
Mace is in his 11th season in the Stampeders organization and his sixth as defensive line coach.
In 2019, Calgary finished second in the CFL in opponents’ average yards per rush. Cordarro Law led Calgary’s defensive line with 10 sacks and Mike Rose led all interior linemen in the CFL with 46 tackles.
During the 2018 season, Calgary tied for the league lead with 45 sacks with five different linemen contributing at least four QB takedowns to that total. The Stamps also allowed a league-low 86.5 rushing yards per game. Micah Johnson recorded a career high in sacks and was named a West Division and CFL all-star for the second consecutive season 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.
In his first season as a coach, Mace oversaw a group that 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). Charleston Hughes and Johnson both earned CFL all-star honours.
A Vancouver native, Mace 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. His work in the community includes spearheading a Christmas turkey and ham drive to benefit local food banks, an initiative he started in 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.
Mace and his wife Petra welcomed daughter Maleena in 2019.
Corey Mace’s Coaching History
2016-present – Calgary Stampeders (CFL) – Defensive Line Coach