CALGARY — Calgary Stampeders head coach and general manager John Hufnagel announced Tuesday the addition of Marc Mueller to the coaching staff as a defensive assistant.
Mueller and previously announced newcomers Rich Stubler (defensive coordinator) and Pat DelMonaco (offensive line coach) join holdovers Dave Dickenson (offensive coordinator and assistant head coach), Mark Kilam (special teams coordinator), Pete Costanza (receivers), Brent Monson (running backs/strength and conditioning), Tony Missick (defensive backs) and DeVone Claybrooks (defensive line) to form the Stamps’ 2014 coaching staff. In addition, retiring all-star offensive lineman Dimitri Tsoumpas remains with the Red and White as a strength and conditioning assistant.
In 2013, Mueller served as quarterbacks coach of the University of Regina Rams, his alma mater. Under the 24-year-old Regina native’s guidance, the Rams led Canada West in passing offence with 359.4 yards per game.
“Marc is a young, dynamic individual with a keen football mind and I know he will be an excellent addition to our veteran group of coaches,” said Hufnagel. “With Marc, Rich and Pat as well as the six returning coaches, I believe this will be an excellent staff.”
“I’m excited and thankful for this opportunity and I look forward to working with Coach Stubler on the defensive side of the ball,” said Mueller. “I’m also looking forward to getting a chance to learn from great coaches like John Hufnagel and Dave Dickenson and the rest of the coaching staff.”
During his playing career, Mueller spent six years (2007-2012) at the University of Regina and was the Rams’ starting quarterback for three seasons. During his first two years as a starter — 2009 and 2010 — Mueller finished first in the conference in completions (176 in 2009, 182 in 2010) and passing yards (2,308 in 2009, 2,437 in 2010) and finished second in touchdown passes (nine in 2009, 14 in 2010).
Mueller left Regina with several school records including career pass-completion percentage (62.1), single-season records in pass attempts (310 in 2009), pass completions (182 in 2010) and pass-completion percentage (67.8 in 2012) and single-game records in most attempted passes (55 in 2012 against Manitoba) and pass-completion percentage (78.4 in 2012 at Saskatchewan).
Mueller is the grandson of the late Ron Lancaster, the Hall-of-Fame quarterback who was a longtime head coach in the CFL.