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Lions name new coach

The BC Lions’ have raided the Calgary Stampeder's coaching staff to find their new head coach.

The Lions have hired Stamp's former defensive co-ordiator DeVone Claybrooks to take over from the departed Wally Buono.

Claybrooks joins the Lions after serving on the coaching staff of the Grey Cup-champion Calgary Stampeders for the past seven years; most recently as the team’s defensive coordinator dating back to 2016.

“DeVone has been on the coaching radar of many teams for the past number of years and I believe he is the very best candidate to lead our team,” said GM Ed Hervey. “After hours of meetings and discussions I know he is the perfect coach to usher in what it is going to be a new era of success here in British Columbia.”

For the past three seasons, the former lineman has overseen the CFL’s stingiest defence which also set the league standard for fewest points against over that same time period and produced no fewer than 12 CFL All-Stars.

“I am honoured and grateful for the opportunity given to me today by Mr. David Braley, Rick LeLacheur and Ed Hervey,” said Claybrooks. “After meeting with Ed for a long period of time over the past number of days I am beyond excited at the chance to lead a coaching staff with the number one priority of winning a Grey Cup championship.”

“I am also tremendously thankful to both John Hufnagel and Dave Dickenson of the Calgary Stampeders who gave me a chance to coach when my playing days ended. Their faith in my ability has led me to where I am today.”



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