Lions' Wally Buono signs contract extension to early 2018

 

 
 
 
 
Wally Buono will remain with the B.C. Lions through 2018, the CFL club announced on Wednesday.
 

Wally Buono will remain with the B.C. Lions through 2018, the CFL club announced on Wednesday.

Photograph by: JONATHAN HAYWARD, THE CANADIAN PRESS

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VANCOUVER — The B.C. Lions signed head coach/GM Wally Buono to a contract extension to early 2018 on Wednesday.

The move was expected, as The Vancouver Sun reported on Monday that re-signing Buono would be one of exiting president and CEO Dennis Skulsky's final tasks.

Buono, who gave up coaching duties following B.C.'s Grey Cup win in 2011, will return to the club's sidelines this season.

"My sincere thanks go out to David (owner David Braley) and Dennis (CEO Dennis Skulsky) for the confidence they have shown with this extension," said Buono. "We have a big job ahead of us, but with the coaches, football operations staff and players we are assembling I believe we will put a product on the field that our fans will want to support."

Buono is the CFL's all-time leader in coaching wins with 254 (101 with B.C.) and was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2014. He joined the Lions in 2003 and has led the franchise to nine playoff appearances, six Western final berths, an Eastern final berth, three Grey Cup appearances and two victories (2006, 2011).

 
 
 
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Wally Buono will remain with the B.C. Lions through 2018, the CFL club announced on Wednesday.
 

Wally Buono will remain with the B.C. Lions through 2018, the CFL club announced on Wednesday.

Photograph by: JONATHAN HAYWARD, THE CANADIAN PRESS

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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