The BC Lions announced on Tuesday that head coach Mike Benevides has signed a contract extension through the 2016 season.
Benevides enters his third year at the helm of the Lions after taking over from Wally Buono following the 2011 championship season. In the past two campaigns, the Toronto native has chalked-up a 24-12 regular season record including a remarkable 16-2 record at home.
“Mike continues to grow as both a coach and a leader and he’s earned this extension,” said VP of football operations and GM Wally Buono. “He has led our team to winning regular season records and consecutive playoff appearances while putting his own unique stamp on the team and his staff.”
Benevides began his CFL coaching career 15 years ago and has spent the past 10 seasons as a member of the Lions staff starting out as the club’s special teams coordinator and linebackers coach from 2003 to 2007 and defensive coordinator from 2008 to 2011.
“I am honoured and grateful for the support I have received from our owner David Braley, our president and CEO Dennis Skulsky and of course Wally Buono along with the coaching staff and players,” said Benevides. “The ultimate goal is to win a championship and to say that anything has truly been accomplished yet would not be accurate. I am very proud of the men we have assembled to try and bring home the Grey Cup this year and I will continue to make that our number one goal each and every day I have the privilege of leading these outstanding men.”
The BC Lions open the 2014 regular season with a West Division tilt versus the Edmonton Eskimos at BC Place this Saturday, June 28 with kickoff just after 3:00 pm.