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Wally Buono bust. A member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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Wally Buono

Head Coaching Career

Calgary Stampeders
1990 - 2002

BC Lions
2003 - 2011

Awards and Honours

Annis Stukus Award winner
1992, 1993, 2006, 2011 (4)

Grey Cup Participation as a Head Coach
1991, 1992, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2011 (9)

Grey Cup Winning Team(s) as a Head Coach
1992, 1998, 2001, 2006, 2011 (5)

Career Highlights

  • Finished his coaching career with .645 winning percentage.

  • Only coach to win the Annis Stukus Award four times.

Wally Buono started his football career with the Montreal Alouettes in 1973, where he won two Grey Cups as a player in 1974 and 1977.
Once Buono retired as a player in 1983, he became an Assistant Coach for the Montreal Concordes, where he stayed for just that season.

From 1987 until 1989, he was the Assistant Coach for the Calgary Stampeders. After many years as an Asssitant Coach, Buono got his first head coaching job with the Calgary Stampeders in 1990 when he replaced Larry Kuharich. During his 13 seasons with Calgary, Buono amassed a regular season record of 153-79-2 winning three Grey Cups. Once he left the Stampeders, he was Calgary's winningest coach in their team history. Buono's next stop was in Vancouver where he was the Head Coach of the BC Lions from 2003 until 2011. During his time with the Lions, Buono compiled a 101-60-1 record and won two Grey Cups. After the 2011 season was complete, Buono announced his resignation as Head Coach so he can focus on being the General Manager and Vice President of Football Operations of the BC Lions.

Upon his retirement from coaching, Buono was ranked first in the CFL in the following categories: Most regular season wins by a head coach with 254, Most Grey Cup wins by a head coach with 5, most Grey Cup appearances by a head coach with 9, most seasons coached with 22, and most games coached with 396.

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 2014 as a builder.

Class of 2014

Wally BuonoBen CahoonLarry HaylorNeil LumsdenUzooma OkekeMoe Racine

Charles Roberts

Football Reporters of Canada

Mark BeamishChris CuthbertLowell Ullrich

Buono, Wally
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