After spurning Alouettes, Mark Washington returns to B.C. Lions

Mark Washington will return for a fifth season as the B.C. Lions’ defensive co-ordinator.

The Lions also announced Friday the addition of Randy Melvin as defensive line coach.

Washington, also the Lions’ defensive backs coach, is entering his 11th season on the club’s coaching staff.

Washington was a leading candidate for the Montreal Alouettes’ head coaching job before taking himself out of the running.

“Among the reasons why I wanted Mark back are his leadership and work ethic,” head coach Wally Buono said in a statement. “The stability and continuity that Mark brings will allow our defence to grow stronger and become a dominant force in 2018.”

Melvin served as B.C.’s defensive line coach in 2011 when the club won the Grey Cup before leading to join the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He also spent time at Purdue, Rutgers and Miami before rejoining the Lions.

“I am very excited to have Randy back coaching our defensive line,” said Buono. “He brings a high degree of intensity to his position which translates into a tough and physical style of play which we need in order to control the line of scrimmage.”

– CP


7 Comments on After spurning Alouettes, Mark Washington returns to B.C. Lions

  1. Rick cowan // December 21, 2017 at 6:19 pm //

    Maybe Khari Jones will be the Rider’s new Quarterback coach

    • agreed and hopefull that happens , the other possibility reaching back could be marcus crandell if he is still in regina, he did well with doubles in 2009/2010

  2. TouchDownBC // December 21, 2017 at 7:18 pm //

    Jones could end up in Montreal possibly as QB Coach…not sure he would get OC

  3. Rick cowan // December 21, 2017 at 8:00 pm //

    I think Sherman will bring in someone other than Jones

  4. TouchDownBC // December 21, 2017 at 10:02 pm //

    Jones was a mediocre OC…much like Washington as a DC…Lions lucky to be around .500 next season..Bouno shoulda retired hes behind the game now

  5. The best news is the signing of the D-line coach as in 2011 it helped get the Lions to the GC.

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