Toronto Argonauts officially hire Corey Mace as defensive coordinator

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The Toronto Argonauts have officially hired Corey Mace as the team’s new defensive coordinator. The news was first reported by Justin Dunk in December.

“Corey will bring a strong work ethic and a hunger to get better each day,” said head coach Ryan Dinwiddie in a press release. “He will provide great leadership for our football club and have a tremendous impact on and off the field. We welcome Corey and his family to Toronto.”

Mace spent six years as the Calgary Stampeders’ defensive line coach (2016-21) during which the club led the league in sacks three times. They also led the league in opponent rushing yards against in 2018, holding opposing offences to a league-low points (301) in 2017 and league-low touchdowns allowed (11) and gain per rush (4.6) in 2016.

The Vancouver native coached and help develop players such as Charleston Hughes, Micah Johnson, Cordarro Law, and Mike Rose into all-star players. Mace also helped the Stamps hoist the Grey Cup in 2018, his first as a coach.

Mace played 40 regular season games over six seasons (2010-15) for the Stamps, recording 44 tackles, four sacks, and two touchdowns including a receiving touchdown.

The University of Wyoming product won a Grey Cup in 2014 and won the Presidents’ Ring award that same season for his contributions on and off the field in Calgary. Prior to his time in the CFL the defensive lineman played three seasons in the NFL for the Buffalo Bills (2008-09), appearing in five games.