Lions Coach Will Roar No More

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The B.C. Lions have parted company with Head Coach Mike Benevides.

Numerous sources are reporting that the Lions have canned their coach after a disappointing 9-and-9 season that saw the Grey Cup hosts drop into the East Division Cross-over, a 50-17 loss in Montreal last Sunday.

Benevides succeeded hall of famer Wally Buono after the winningest coach in CFL history retired from the sidelines following the 2011 season.

Benevides had been with the team since 2003 when he joined the team as the Special Teams Coordinator and Linebackers Coach.

Here is the full release from the Lions:

The BC Lions Football Club announced today that Mike Benevides has been relieved of his duties as head coach.

“Today, we made the very difficult decision to relieve Mike Benevides of his duties as head coach of the BC Lions,” said Wally Buono, GM and VP of Football Operations. “Our football team experienced a very tumultuous season. Still, we believe as an organization that the team we had assembled was capable of more than what we accomplished in the regular season and in the playoffs. In short, we underperformed and failed to meet both our own expectations and the expectations of our fans.”

Benevides served three seasons as head coach for the Lions taking the reins from Buono following the club’s 2011 championship season. In that time, he led the Lions to a 33-21 regular season record.

“Mike is a very good coach as well as an outstanding husband and father. His commitment and loyalty to our organization was endless and we wish him the very best in the future,” added Buono.


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