This is Mark Washington’s 10th season as a member of the Lion’s coaching staff, his fourth as the club’s defensive coordinator and his 21st season in the CFL including 11 years as a player.
In his previous nine seasons coaching the club’s secondary, Mark has presided over no fewer than 15 West Division All-Stars and nine CFL All-Stars from the defensive back position. As a unit, his defence ranked in the top three of 12 different categories in 2016 and led the league in the fewest yards allowed (6,079), fewest first-downs allowed (348) and most sacks (tied 52).
Prior to making the transition to the coaching ranks from the gridiron in 2008, Mark spent five seasons patrolling the Lions’ secondary from his halfback position (‘03-‘07) including the Lions’ 2006 Grey Cup championship season.
Originally coming to the CFL in 1997 with the Montreal Alouettes, Washington spent six seasons with the Als including their 2002 Grey Cup title season.
A natural dressing room leader and familiar face in Lions community programs, Mark was recognized for his inspirational play and charitable deeds by the Lions in 2003 with the Fred Dietrich Award, followed by the CFLPA’s Tom Pate Award in 2006 for outstanding sportsmanship in addition to significant contributions to his team and community.
A native of Washington, DC, Mark attended Rutgers University and graduated with a degree in Industrial Engineering. Now a year-round resident in the Vancouver area, Mark and his wife Judy have two children.