DeVone Claybrooks- Head Coach
DeVone enters his first season as the 26th head coach in BC Lions history. Claybrooks joins the Lions after serving as defensive coordinator on the coaching staff of the Calgary Stampeders for the past three years (2016-2018).
Prior to being elevated to the role of defensive coordinator, DeVone was the Stamps’ defensive line coach from 2012 to 2015.
Joining the Lions less than three weeks after Calgary’s win over Ottawa in the 106th Grey Cup, Calgary’s Claybrooks-led defence held down top spot in no fewer than 10 of 20 critical defensive categories tracked by the league in 2018 and placed in the top three of five others.
During his three seasons as DC, the former lineman oversaw the CFL’s stingiest defence which also set the league standard for fewest points against over that same time period and produced no fewer than 12 CFL All-Stars.
A native of Virginia, the 41year-old former defensive lineman attended East Carolina before joining the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2001. Claybrooks would go on to make a number of stops over five years in the NFL including a few in Tampa Bay where he earned a Super Bowl ring for the 2002 season.
Eventually making his way to the CFL in 2007 and playing with the Montreal Alouettes for a pair of seasons, he signed with the Stamps and played another three years before joining the club’s coaching staff in 2012 as defensive line coach. Over his five-year CFL career, he played 75 regular season games recording 161 tackles and 14 sacks.