Corey Goff comes to Halifax as Saint Mary's co-defensive coordinator, recruiting coordinator, and defensive line coach. Goff has over 24 seasons of coaching experience and extensive knowledge coordinating all 3 phases of the game.
"It is truly an honour to join the Saint Mary's University family," says Goff. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to coach at one of the nation's most storied football programs. I can't wait to get started."
A native of Regina, Saskatchewan, Goff received his Bachelor's Degree from Valley City State University in North Dakota. He played receiver for the Vikings from 1995 to 1998. Goff was a member of the 1996 NDCAC Championship team. Besides playing football, he also coached three seasons of varsity men's basketball with the Vikings.
Goff began his coaching career in 1991, coaching quarterbacks and running backs at F.W. Johnson Colligate in Regina SK, the high school where he graduated from.
After returning from college in 1999, Goff became the receivers coach and passing game coordinator with the Sheldon Williams Colligate Spartans in Regina, SK. After an impressive 6-1 regular season record, the Spartans went on to win a 4A City and Provincial Championship.
Goff returned to his alma mater, F.W. Johnson, in 2000, and was instrumental in reigniting the Wildcats program. In 2001, the F.W. Johnson Wildcats went undefeated in the regular season and won a 3A City Championship.
In 2000, when the Regina Thunder Junior Football Program (known then as the Prairie Thunder) of the Prairie Football Conference (PFC) of the Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) was been formed, Goff was one of the key founding members of the coaching staff. He coached two seasons with the CJFL Regina Thunder as special teams' coordinator and linebackers coach.
From there, Goff moved out West to coach the Vancouver Trojans of the British Columbia Football Conference (BCFC) of the CJFL as the offensive coordinator for the 2004 and 2005 seasons.
In 2006, Goff accepted a coaching position with the Big Kahuna Rams of the BCFC as the offensive coordinator, assistant head coach, and special teams' coordinator. In 2009 he moved back to the defensive side of the ball as the defensive coordinator. Besides Junior Football, Goff also coached the linebackers with Seaquam Secondary (high school) in Delta, BC and in 2006 helped the Seahawks to a 5-1 regular season record and an AA Provincial Championship.
Goff had an opportunity to take his coaching to the CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sports) and in 2010 he did so with the University of Manitoba Bisons. He would start as the assistant offensive line coach and part way through the season moved to work as the running backs coach.
In 2011, Goff was recruited by the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees Football team of the OUA (Ontario University Athletics) of the CIS to coach their defensive line and coordinate the short yardage defence. That season the Gee-Gees finished with a 5-3 record and ended up 4th in the OUA of the CIS. In 2012 he was moved to take the offensive coordinator position for the Gee-Gees.
Bishops University of the RSEQ (Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec) of the CIS, hired Goff in 2013 to be the defensive line coach. That season the Gaiters finished with 6-2 record which was their best record in over a decade. In 2014 Goff was named the Gaiters special teams' coordinator.
Last year Goff was the linebackers coach with the Mount Allison University Mounties of the AUS (Atlantic University Sports) of the CIS. The Mounties finished the season at 5-3, good enough for first in the AUS.
In the past two decades that Goff has been coaching Junior and CIS football he has had the pleasure to help produce a number of NFL and CFL players.
Frantz Clarkson - The new Saint Mary's Linebacker coach is familiar with the CIS. After previously coaching Defensive Backs with both the University of Alberta (2010-2012) and UBC (2013-14), he now moves to the linebacking corps.
Clarkson's previous coaching experience also includes time with the Edmonton Eskimos, as well as being the defensive backs coach for Team Alberta's U-18 team in 2012.