Former CFL receiver Corey Grant named head coach at Carleton University

Courtesy: Carleton University Athletics

Carleton University has named Corey Grant as the new head coach of the Ravens football team.

Grant becomes the 14th head coach in the history of Carleton’s varsity football program. He joins the Ravens after spending three years at McMaster University where he was the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator since 2019.

In addition to his role with the football team, Grant was also an equity, inclusion and anti-racism lead within McMaster’s Department of Athletics. Prior to joining the Marauders, Grant spent six years coaching with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats where he served in various roles including assistant offensive coordinator.

Over the past two seasons with the Marauders, Grant’s offences were consistently ranked at the top of the Ontario University Athletics conference in total offence, passing yards and first downs. In 2019 Grant and McMaster won the Yates Cup as OUA champions.

“I’m very excited to be joining the Carleton Ravens family and the Ottawa community,” said Grant. “I’m honoured to have the opportunity to learn about what it means to be a Raven and work with the student-athletes, coaches, alumni, Ottawa community, greater members of the university and the Department Recreation and Athletics to continue to grow the Carleton Ravens football program.”

A former teacher with the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, Grant holds a Master of Science in Education and his teaching certification from Canisius College, along with a Bachelor of Arts, Sociology from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Prior to his career in coaching, Grant had an 11-year CFL career with the Ticats, Montreal Alouettes and Saskatchewan Roughriders. A two-time Grey Cup Champion, he was named the 1999 East Division Rookie of the Year after being selected in the first round, seventh overall during that year’s CFL Draft.

In addition to his extensive football resume, Grant has a lengthy resume of community work, including being the co-chair of the OUA Black Biracial Indigenous Committee, assistant director of the Black Canadian Coaches Association, chair of the Hamilton Black History Council, and the founder of the Black Football Coaches of Canada, among many other highlights. His community leadership also includes having developed the OUA’s United Against Racism campaign idea and the Football Coaching Apprenticeship for Women at McMaster University.

“We are delighted to have Corey join our team, with his wealth of experience in the CFL as player and coach, as well as his success with the McMaster Marauders,” said assistant vice-president recreation and athletics Jennifer Brenning. “His success on the field and his tireless advocacy for social justice will bring a dynamic energy to our program and department as a whole.”