Loading articles...

Calgary Stampeders part ways with longtime receivers coach Pete Costanza

Last Updated Nov 27, 2019 at 9:35 am MDT

Receivers coach Pete Costanza during a Stampeders practice in 2015 (CREDIT: @calstampeders, Twitter)

CALGARY – Receivers coach Pete Costanza won’t return next season to the Calgary Stampeders.

The CFL club made the announcement Wednesday. Costanza had spent 12 years as Calgary’s receivers coach.

“I’ve spoken to Pete and we’ve agreed to part ways,” Calgary head coach Dave Dickenson said in a statement. “I thank Pete for all of his hard work and everything he’s done for the organization and the city the past 12 years and wish him all the best in the future.”

Costanza joined the Stampeders’ coaching staff in 2008 under then head coach John Hufnagel, now the franchise’s president and GM.

The native of New Jersey helped Calgary win Grey Cup titles in ’08, 2014 and 2018.

“I’ve really enjoyed the past 12 years with the Stampeders, with the highlights obviously being the three Grey Cup championships,” said Costanza. “I’m eagerly looking forward to the next challenge and a chance to grow my career in the CFL.

“I thank John Hufnagel for giving me my first opportunity in pro football in 1997 and for bringing me to Calgary in 2008. I thank Dave for the chance to continue coaching with the Stamps and for his friendship. I also thank all the coaches and players I’ve been fortunate enough to work with over the years. Finally, I also thank the fans and sponsors for making my time in Calgary so special.”