Langley Rams General Manager Howie Zaron and Head Coach Matt “Snoop” Blokker are happy to introduce former CFL Defensive All-Star and Calgary Stampeders assistant coach Marvin Pope as the Canadian Junior Football League Club’s Defensive Coordinator for the 2018 season.
Pope follows Coach Snoop to the West Coast out of the Calgary Colts Junior Football program, where he had been defensive coordinator since 2014, Pope and Blokker took over a Colts team that went winless in 2013 and coached them to three consecutive Prairie Football Conference Championship Games, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Pope’s defensive units were among the best in the Canadian Junior Football League in each of the seasons he was with the Colts, his 2016 squad led the league in interceptions, was second in points allowed, second in passing yards allowed and second in touchdowns allowed. Pope’s defensive units produced many Conference Major Award winners and All Stars, several CJFL All Canadians and 2016 CJFL Most Outstanding Defensive Player Colton Burr.
Marvin is a native of Gainesville Florida and was a two-time NAIA All American and Black College All American at Central State University in Ohio, where he was a member of the Marauders 1990 NAIA National Championship team.
Marvin Pope signed with the Calgary Stampeders in 1992 and won the Grey Cup in his first season, he appeared in five consecutive Western Conference Championship games and was a two-time CFL All Star (93,94), he earned the nickname “Big Daddy” after converting from defensive line to middle linebacker and then setting a CFL record with 14 tackles in the 1992 Labour Day Classic vs Edmonton.
Following his six-year CFL Career (92-97) Pope began his coaching career at Calgary’s Springbank High, helping them win the 1999 City Championship in his first season. He then joined the coaching staff at Calgary’s Henry Wisewood High in 2000 and led them to both a City and Provincial Championship.
Pope joined the Calgary Stampeders staff as an assistant defensive line and linebackers coach in 2010 and returned to High School coaching in 2013, where he won a City Championship at Robert Thirsk High.
Pope is well known and respected for his charitable contributions to the community as a member of the Stampeders Alumni, Alberta Big Brothers and Sisters, Minor Football, Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House.