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Friday, March 2, 2012


(Vancouver) The BC Lions Football Club is pleased to announce that Wally Buono has been named the CFL's Coach of the Year for the 2011 season.
Buono wrapped up a legendary 22-year coaching career last season leading the Lions to their sixth Grey Cup title and an 11-7 regular season record after starting the year with an 0-5 mark. Winning 11 of their final 12 games following the bye-week including an eight-game winning streak, Buono's squad hosted the Western Final for the first time since 2007 and claimed a home win in the Grey Cup championship for just the fourth time in its 99-year history.
"I am honoured and humbled to be named Coach of the Year," said Buono, now the club's vice president of football operations and GM. "While this award is bestowed upon an individual, it is the combined work of coaches, players and support staff and I am very grateful of their efforts."
The win for Buono marked the fourth time he earned the Coach of the Year award (1992, 1993 and 2006) and the second time as Lions head coach.


Larry said...

Well deserved!

Cap said...

Surprise, surprise. So goofy this award is announced in March, over three months after the Grey Cup.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Wally, Greatly desreved!

Anonymous said...

This award should be handed out the week before the cup. Winning the cup does not necessarily mean you're the best coach that year, just that day.

Anonymous said...

was greg marshall in the running?

Dale W said...

Big deal!!! An award from last year given out 3 months before the following years training camp!!!

Joeyjoejoe said...

Has anyone ever reported why this is given so late or has it ever been discussed to move it to when the other awards are given out? Or would that make too much sense?

w said...

Atta boy Wally!!