Special Teams Coordinator and Assistant Head Coach
CFL: 15th season
Stamps: 15th season
Kilam is in his 15th season with the Stampeders and his 10th as special teams coordinator. It’s his first season with the additional title of assistant head coach.
In 2018, the Stamps’ special teams excelled as the team led the league in punt-return average (12.3 yards) and lowest opponent punt-return average (8.1 yards). Calgary’s special-teams unit tied for the league lead with four kick-return touchdowns and also ranked among the league leaders in fewest penalties, field-goal success rate, net punting average and kick-return touchdowns allowed. Terry Williams tied a franchise single-season record with three punt-return touchdowns, Wynton McManis led the league in special-teams tackles and kicker Rene Paredes became the first player in CFL history to have four different seasons with a field-goal success rate of at least 90 per cent. Punter Rob Maver finished second in the league with a net punting average of 38.0 yards and was also second in the CFL with 12 punts inside the opponents’ 10-yard line.
Calgary’s special-teams unit played a key role in the Stamps’ Grey Cup victory over Ottawa as Williams returned a punt for a touchdown and Riley Jones forced a fumble on a RedBlacks punt return.
In 2017, the special-teams unit included a record-setting performance by Roy Finch, who tied a franchise single-season mark with three punt-return touchdowns and beat his own record for most punt-return yards in a season. He finished the season with 1,200 punt-return yards, the third-best total in league history, and was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Special Teams Player. Paredes led the CFL with a 91.4-per cent success rate on field-goal attempts and both he and Finch were named CFL all-stars. Maver led the league with 13 punts inside the opposition’s 10-yard line.
As a team, the Stamps led the CFL with five return TDs, a 15.4-yard average on punt returns and a league-low 8.9-yard average for opposition punt returns. Including a score on a blocked punt, the special-teams unit scored six touchdowns. Calgary was tied for second in the league with three blocked kicks.
In 2016, the Stamps led the CFL with an average of 24.3 yards on kickoff returns. Paredes tied the franchise record with 56 field goals including a league-leading 18 three-pointers from 40 yards or longer. Paredes’ season included a streak of 32 consecutive successful field goals. He was second in the CFL in both points (203) and kickoff average (66.4 yards). Maver averaged a career-best 46.9 yards per punt and was among the league leaders with seven punts pinning the opposition inside its own 10-yard line. The Stamps’ special-teams unit blocked three punts.
In 2015, the group was led by Paredes, who made 41 of 47 field goals, 26 converts and seven singles for a West Division-leading total of 156 points. He earned West Division and CFL all-star nods and was the West’s finalist for the Most Outstanding Special Teams Player award. Maver was second in the league in punting average (45.7).
In 2014, 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 for opponents. Special while scoring three of their own. Maver 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 he was 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 kickers 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 by converting 93.0 per cent of his field-goal attempts. 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.
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 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 Grey Cups with the Stampeders in 2008, 2014 and 2018.
Before he joined the Stamps, 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. He graduated with a Bachelor of Physical Education majoring in sport and performance while working at the university’s Athlete Training Centre.
Mark and his wife Andrea have two daughters.
Mark Kilam’s Coaching History
2019 – Calgary Stampeders (CFL) – Special Teams Coordinator and Assistant Head Coach
2010-18 – 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