Former Elks’ special teams coordinator AJ Gass to join University of Alberta coaching staff

Courtesy: Edmonton Elks

Former Edmonton Elks’ special teams coordinator AJ Gass is taking his talents to the University of Alberta, according to Reid Wilkins.

Gass spent two separate stints as a member of Edmonton’s coaching staff. He served as a defensive assistant in 2008 under then-head coach Danny Maciocia and returned in 2019 as special teams coordinator before adding linebackers coach to his duties.

He departed the organization in June for personal reasons.

The Bellflower, Calif. native played ten seasons for Edmonton from 1998 to 2007. He was a ferocious linebacker who was part of two Grey Cup championships teams while earning four league all-star awards.

In 131 career CFL games, the six-foot-one, 200-pound linebacker made 440 tackles, 92 special teams tackles, 22 tackles for loss, 13 pass knockdowns, 12 quarterback sacks, eight forced fumbles, 10 fumble returns and three interceptions.

Chris Morris has served as the Golden Bears’ head coach since 2013 and he has a connection with Gass dating back to when they both played for Edmonton at the CFL level.