CFL: 12th season
Stamps: 12th season
Costanza is in his 12th season as the Stamps’ receivers coach.
In 2018, the Stamps led the CFL in receiving touchdowns and passing plays of 30 or more yards. Injuries to key receivers such as Kamar Jorden, Eric Rogers, DaVaris Daniels, Marken Michel and Reggie Begelton tested the team’s depth and eight different players had at least 25 receptions while nine receivers had at least one touchdown catch. Jorden earned West Division all-star honours despite playing just nine full games before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Jorden established a franchise single-game record with a 249-yard performance against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Aug. 25.
In 2017, Costanza oversaw a group of receivers that included four players who made at least 40 catches for 700 yards. Despite the fact the projected starters missed a combined total of 27 games due to injury, the receivers helped the Stamps amass the second-highest point total in the CFL. Michel led the CFL with a 19.0-yard average per reception and was Calgary’s nominee for the league’s Most Outstanding Rookie award.
In 2016, the receiving corps included Marquay McDaniel, who surpassed the 1,000-yard mark, and CFL rookie of the year Daniels, who led the team with nine receiving touchdowns despite not making his season debut until Week 9.
During the 2015 season, Costanza oversaw a group that featured the emergence of league-leading pass-catcher Rogers, who recorded 1,448 yards, 10 touchdowns and one two-point conversion while earning CFL all-star honours. McDaniel also posted a 1,000-yard season and became the CFL’s record-setting two-point-convert threat with five.
In 2014, the Stampeders were tops in the CFL with 511 points on offence. Calgary’s pass-catchers provided reliable targets and steady hands for first-year starting quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell, who posted a 12-2 record and led the CFL in passer rating. Thirteen different Stampeders had touchdown catches in 2014. Injuries gave the opportunity for rookie receiver Rogers to see action late in the season and he responded with two touchdowns in the regular-season finale, two more scores in the Western Final and 108 receiving yards in the Grey Cup.
Injuries also affected the receiver position in 2013, but the unit still finished third in the league in receptions and receiving touchdowns and finished second in pass-completion percentage. McDaniel was named a CFL all-star and led the team in receiving with 1,047 yards and eight touchdowns on 76 catches.
In 2012, Costanza oversaw a unit featuring CFL all-star Nik Lewis, who made a career-high 100 catches and finished fourth in the league in receiving yards with 1,241. A total of 17 different players made catches for the Stamps including three who surpassed the 50-reception mark.
In 2011, Costanza coached a Stamps receiving corps led by Lewis, who was named a CFL all-star and was the team’s nominee for Most Outstanding Player.
The 2010 Stampeders receiving group featured three 1,000-yard pass-catchers in Lewis, Romby Bryant and Ken-Yon Rambo. It was the first time since 2000 the Stamps featured a trio of 1,000-yard receivers. The combined 3,604 yards and 32 touchdowns of Bryant-Lewis-Rambo were the best total of any three teammates in the CFL during the 2010 season and their 240 catches were good for second place.
In 2009, the Stamps were one of the CFL’s top passing clubs despite injuries to receivers. Calgary produced two 1,000-yard receivers in Lewis and league all-star Jeremaine Copeland.
In his first season in 2008, Costanza worked with an extremely talented group of receivers including Rambo, who broke the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his professional career and led the CFL in receiving yards.
Prior to joining the Stamps, Costanza was head coach of the Albany Conquest in Arena Football League 2. He led the Conquest for four seasons and spent a total of seven seasons in the league. In 2006, Costanza’s Conquest became the first team in af2 history to top 5,000 yards of total offence. In 2003, he was a top candidate for coach-of-the-year honours.
In between af2 seasons, Costanza worked as defensive backs coach at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In 2007, RPI won the Liberty League and Costanza was part of the conference’s Coaching Staff of the Year. In 2006, RPI led the conference in scoring defence, takeaways, interceptions, rushing defence, total defence and red-zone defence.
Costanza also worked with two Arena Football League teams and got his start as receivers coach of the New Jersey Red Dogs in 1997 when John Hufnagel was head coach.
In his free time, Costanza enjoys the local landscape by snowboarding and fly-fishing.
Pete Costanza’s Coaching History
2008-19 – Calgary Stampeders (CFL) – Receivers Coach
2006-08 – Albany Conquest (af2) – Head Coach/Director of Football Operations
2004-05 – Columbus Destroyers (AFL) – Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator
2003 – Albany Conquest (af2) – Head Coach
2002 – Columbus Wardogs (af2) – Head Coach
2001 – Iowa Barnstormers (af2) – Offensive Coordinator
2000 – Roanoke Steam (af2) – Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator
1997-99 – New Jersey Red Dogs (AFL) – Receivers Coach