Defensive Line Coach
Following an exceptional career at the University of Tennessee, Cory Stone joined the Arena Football League where he spent eight seasons as a player. He immediately parlayed his time in the AFL into coaching and has since comprised an impressive resume with coaching experience forged in the AFL, High School and NCAA ranks.
Stone coached two solid seasons with the Clark Atlanta University Panthers (SIAC). In his first year, Stone’s defence was nationally ranked in pass defence (1), tackles for losses (2) and total defence (11). Stone coached two defensive linemen who played in the HBCU All-Star game, Malcolm Keys (2010) and Darel Strong (2011). Strong was also selected to the 2011 All-SIAC Defensive Team as well as the 2011 Dan Hansen All-Region defensive team. In 2011, he was one of just 30 coaches invited to participate in the annual NFL & NCAA Football Coaches Academy.
He began his coaching career with a successful four-year stint as a coach in the Arena Football League. Stone joined the Bakersfield Blitz in 2006 and helped them to their first playoff victory in franchise history. He was instrumental in leading the defence to a number one ranking in total defence. He was then hired as the associate head coach and defensive coordinator of the Rio Grande Valley Dorados in 2007, a position he held through 2008. In 2007, the Dorados finished with the league’s best record at 15-1 and were crowned Southwest Conference champions. Stone’s defence set the league’s record for most sacks in one game (13) and in one season (58). His Dorados defence made AFL history by turning in a shutout with a 64-0 victory. In 2009, Stone joined the Milwaukee Iron mid-season. He later coached one season at Mundy Mills High School in Jonesboro, Georgia.
Stone was a two-year letterman as a defensive tackle at the University of Tennessee. He was part of the 1990 SEC Championship team that defeated Virginia in the 1991 Sugar Bowl. He also participated in the 1992 Fiesta Bowl, 1993 Hall of Fame Bowl, 1994 Citrus Bowl and 1994 Gator Bowl. Stone went on to play eight seasons in the Arena Football League, finishing his career in 2005 with the Philadelphia Soul.
A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Stone earned his bachelor’s degree in urban studies from the University of Tennessee. He and his wife, Rochelle, live in Atlanta with their two daughters, Chelsea and Gabrielle.