Saskatchewan Roughriders hire Corey Mace as head coach

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders are hiring Corey Mace as the team’s new head coach, per sources.

Mace has signed a three-year contract with the Riders through the 2026 season. That lines up with general manager Jeremy O’Day’s contract extension, which was made official after this past season.

He interviewed for the bench boss vacancy with the Ottawa Redblacks last off-season and was a finalist for the position, which ultimately went to Bob Dyce. Mace won his first Grey Cup as the defensive line coach with the Calgary Stampeders in 2018 and his second as the defensive coordinator with the Toronto Argonauts in 2022.

While in The Six, Mace was the architect for one of the league’s best defences last season. The Argos led the league in seven different defensive categories including sacks (68), turnovers (54), interceptions (27), forced fumble (22) and fumbles recovered (15). The double blue had the fewest big plays allowed (30) and fewest rushing yards allowed (1,505). He coached three CFL all-stars, strong-side linebacker Adarius Pickett, weak-side linebacker Wynton McManis and defensive back Robertson Daniel in Toronto this past year and the 2023 Most Outstanding Rookie, Quan’tez Stiggers.

Prior to his time in Toronto, he spent six seasons (2016-2021) as the defensive line coach with the Stamps, a position he took immediately after retiring from the team in 2015. Mace played 40 games with Calgary after three years in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills. He was originally selected by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the second round during the 2007 CFL Draft.

The 37-year-old native of Port Moody, B.C. is considered a rising star in CFL coaching circles and did a great job with the Argos this past season as the double blue set a new franchise regular season record with 16 wins. Per sources, his offensive coordinator in Saskatchewan will be Regina native and former University of Regina Rams’ quarterback Marc Mueller.

Mace was awarded the Stampeders’ Presidents’ Ring in 2015 for exemplary performance on and off the field.  

Craig Dickenson wasn’t offered a new contract to remain as the head coach in Saskatchewan following the 2022 season after posting a 6-12 record. He finished his tenure with the club with a 34-34 regular season record and a 1-2 record in the playoffs.

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Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.