List of BC Lions head coaches

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Wally Buono is the Lions' all-time leader in wins and is the only head coach to win two Grey Cups with the Lions.

The BC Lions are a professional Canadian football team based in Vancouver, British Columbia, and are members of the West Division in the Canadian Football League (CFL). The franchise was founded as an expansion team of the Western Interprovincial Football Union (WIFU) in 1954.[1] In their 56-year history, the team has appeared in nine Grey Cup finals, and has won five championships.[2] The current Lions head coach is Jeff Tedford, the general manager is Wally Buono, and the current owner is David Braley.[3]

The Lions' first head coach was Canadian Football Hall of Famer Annis Stukus, who coached the team for two WIFU seasons. The Annis Stukus Trophy—awarded annually to the CFL's best head coach—is named after Stukus.[4] In 1958, the team joined the CFL as one of their charter members.[1] Clem Crowe coached the Lions for its last two seasons in the WIFU and was their first head coach in the CFL. After coaching the first three games of the 1958 season, Crowe was replaced by a group of seven people who coached the Lions for the next two games. Dan Edwards was named head coach for the remaining 11 games.[1] Dave Skrien was the first head coach to coach the Lions for more than three seasons. In his seven years coaching the team he led the Lions to two consecutive Grey Cup finals, including the team's first championship in 1964.[5]

Vic Rapp coached the Lions from 1977 until the end of the 1982 season.[6][7] He coached 96 regular season games with the Lions, which ranks second among Lions head coaches. Rapp won the Annis Stukus Trophy in the 1977 season, the only Lions head coach to do so without winning a Grey Cup championship.[8] Hall of Famer Don Matthews took over the coaching position in the 1983 season and coached the Lions until midway through the 1987 season.[7] He led the Lions to a Grey Cup championship and was named the Annis Stukus Trophy winner in the 1985 season.[2][8] Matthews' .706 regular season winning percentage is the best among Lions head coaches.

From 1988 until 2002, no Lions head coach term lasted as long as four complete seasons. During this time, the Lions won the Grey Cup championship twice: under head coach Dave Ritchie in 1994 and under Steve Buratto in 2000.[2] Adam Rita is the only head coach to have had multiple tenures with the Lions. As of the end of the 2011 season, Wally Buono is the franchise's all-time leader for the most regular-season games coached, regular-season games won, regular-season points, playoff games coached, and playoff games won. Buono coached the Lions to their fifth and sixth Grey Cup championships and was awarded the Annis Stukus Trophy in the 2006 and 2011 seasons.[2][8] He is the only Lions head coach to have won more than one Grey Cup. Excluding the group of seven, and counting Rita once, there have been 25 head coaches for the Lions franchise.

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Head coaches[edit]

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Adam Rita is the only head coach to have coached two stints with the Lions.

Note: Statistics are current through the end of the 2014 CFL season.

 # Name Term[b]  GC  W  L  T  PTS  Win%  PGC  PW  PL  PWin% Achievements[8][11]
1 Stukus, AnnisAnnis Stukus 19541955 32 6 26 0 12 .188
2 Crowe, ClemClem Crowe 19561958 35 10 24 1 21 .300
[c] 1958 2 0 2 0 0 .000
3 Edwards, DanDan Edwards 1958 11 3 8 0 6 .273
4 Robinson, WayneWayne Robinson 19591961 39 14 22 3 31 .397 2 0 2 .000
5 Skrien, DaveDave Skrien 19611967 92 42 45 5 89 .484 8 5 3 .625 1963 Annis Stukus Trophy winner
52nd Grey Cup championship
6 Morris, RonRon Morris 1967 1 0 1 0 0 .000
7 Champion, JimJim Champion 19671969 38 8 28 2 18 .237
8 Parker, JackieJackie Parker 19691970 22 10 12 0 20 .454 1 0 1 .000
9 Keys, EagleEagle Keys 19711975 70 25 42 3 53 .379 2 0 2 .000
10 Murphy, CalCal Murphy 19751976 26 10 14 2 22 .423
11 Rapp, VicVic Rapp 19771982 96 53 39 4 110 .573 5 2 3 .400 1977 Annis Stukus Trophy winner
12 Matthews, DonDon Matthews 19831987 80 56 23 1 113 .706 7 4 3 .571 1985 Annis Stukus Trophy winner
73rd Grey Cup championship
13 Donovan, LarryLarry Donovan 19871989 26 14 12 0 28 .538 4 2 2 .500
14 Galat, JoeJoe Galat 1989 14 7 7 0 14 .500
15 Kuharich, LaryLary Kuharich 1990 10 2 7 1 5 .250
16 Young, JimJim Young 1990 1 0 1 0 0 .000
17 O'Billovich, BobBob O'Billovich 19901992 43 18 25 0 36 .419 1 0 1 .000
18 Ritchie, DaveDave Ritchie 19931995 54 31 22 1 63 .583 5 3 2 .600 82nd Grey Cup championship
19 Paopao, JoeJoe Paopao 1996 18 5 13 0 10 .278
20 Rita, AdamAdam Rita 19971998 27 11 16 0 22 .407 1 0 1 .000
21 Mohns, GregGreg Mohns 19982000 34 22 12 0 44 .647 2 0 2 .000
22 Buratto, SteveSteve Buratto 20002002 35 14 21 1 29 .414 4 3 1 .750 88th Grey Cup championship
Rita, AdamAdam Rita 2002 12 9 3 0 18 .750 1 0 1 .000
23 Buono, WallyWally Buono 20032011 162 101 60 1 203 .627 14 7 7 .500 94th Grey Cup championship
2006 Annis Stukus Trophy winner
99th Grey Cup championship
2011 Annis Stukus Trophy winner
24 Benevides, MikeMike Benevides 20122014 54 33 21 0 66 .611 3 0 3 .000
25 Tedford, JeffJeff Tedford 2015–present 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

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  1. ^ a b c "History >> Year by Year >> 1950–59". BC Lions. Retrieved October 11, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Grey Cup Recap". Canadian Football League. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Lions Staff". BC Lions. Retrieved October 11, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Annis Stukus". Canadian Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved October 11, 2009. 
  5. ^ "History >> Year by Year >> 1960–69". BC Lions. Retrieved August 11, 2010. 
  6. ^ "History >> Year by Year >> 1970–79". BC Lions. Retrieved August 11, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "History >> Year by Year >> 1980–89". BC Lions. Retrieved August 11, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b c d e "BC Lions Playoff Records (To 2008)" (PDF). BC Lions. Retrieved October 11, 2009. 
  9. ^ "BC Lions Canadian Football Hall of Fame Inductees" (PDF). BC Lions. Retrieved October 11, 2009. 
  10. ^ "BC Lions Team Records (To 2008)" (PDF). BC Lions. Retrieved October 11, 2009. 
  11. ^ a b "BC Lions Grey Cup Records (To 2008)" (PDF). BC Lions. Retrieved October 11, 2009.