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Promotion for B.C. Lions coach Washington 0

By Hosea Cheung, 24 hours Vancouver

Mark Washington is moving up, as the team's former defensive backs coach is now the new defensive co-ordinator. (QMI AGENCY FILE PHOTO)

Mark Washington is moving up, as the team's former defensive backs coach is now the new defensive co-ordinator. (QMI AGENCY FILE PHOTO)

Five days after parting ways with Rich Stubler, the B.C. Lions have a new defensive co-ordinator in place.

The club announced Thursday that Mark Washington will take over the role, giving the former CFLer a promotion from his duties as the defensive backs coach.

“Mark is one of our league’s best young coaches and I am very excited to have him accept the position,” head coach Mike Benevides said. “He’s a leader, a winner and he’s demonstrated that he is more than ready for this next step in his coaching career.”

The 40-year-old Washington, D.C. native has been with the coaching staff for the past six seasons, after playing on the club's secondary from 2003 to 2007.

Washington, who entered the league in 1997 with the Montreal Alouettes, was a key part of the Lions' defence during their 2006 Grey Cup run. His tenure as the defensive back coach has produced 14 West Division All-Stars and nine CFL All-Stars. This past season, the Lions gave up the fewest passing yards and had the fifth most interceptions.

"I'm excited about this opportunity," Washington said. "(Benevides) showed a lot of confidence in me and I appreciate that.

"At the end of the day, for us to win, we got to play as one. We have some tremendous talented players here, we have some great coaches on staff, and we have all the components, everything you want to have a championship team. And I think we're going to have that."

 

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