BC Lions have made a clear statement of intention for the upcoming 2024 Canadian Football League season by retaining their coaching staff. Co-general manager and head coach Rick Campbell confirmed this strategic move, emphasizing the importance of stability and growth within the team framework.
Head Coach & Co-GM Rick Campbell addresses media today on the 2024 #BCLions coaching staff. This sees a few position changes, but the entire staff will return in '24. Defensive Coordinator Ryan Phillips will also now take on the role of assistant coach.https://t.co/rOGJGVkjGv pic.twitter.com/XrbIpX8tYd— BC LIONS (@BCLions) December 11, 2023
Under Campbell’s guidance, the Lions have accumulated a commendable regular-season record and have shown consistent performance with back-to-back 12-win seasons and Western Final appearances. Ryan Phillips, the defensive coordinator, will see an expansion of his role as he steps up to also serve as the assistant head coach.
On the offensive side, Jordan Maksymic will return as offensive coordinator, having overseen a dynamic offense that propelled Vernon Adams Jr. to lead the CFL with 4,769 passing yards. The Lions’ offense thrived, ranking high in net yards, points scored, touchdowns, and first downs.
“We are thrilled to retain our coaching staff. It’s a big step in our process of getting ready for 2024.”#BCLions announce the return of entire coaching staff for 2024, while @ryan_4real21 adds role of assistant head coach. Welcome back all!— BC LIONS (@BCLions) December 11, 2023
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Special teams coordinator Mike Benevides, who rejoined the Lions in May, has been a catalyst for a special teams unit that has thrived under his direction. Kicker Sean Whyte earned CFL All-Star honors, and the team led in blocked kicks while tying for the fewest big play returns allowed.
The defensive unit, led by Phillips, posted significant accomplishments, including two shutouts and a prolonged period of dominance without yielding a touchdown. Linebackers coach Travis Brown has also played a pivotal role in the development of the team’s linebacking corps, with Ben Hladik achieving an exceptional milestone crossing 100 defensive tackles.
John Bowman will continue to guide the defensive line after a season that saw stupendous performances, including Mathieu Betts setting a new Canadian sack record. The Lions kept opposing rush yards low, reflecting the defensive line’s efficacy.
History-making coach Tanya Henderson steps into the role of assistant defensive backs coach after two seasons of contributing significantly to defensive strategies. Keon Hatcher and Alexander Hollins, guided by receivers coach Jason Tucker, both surpassed the 1,000-yard mark, demonstrating the effectiveness of the Lions’ receiving game.
The offensive line, led by Kelly Bates, also excelled, as highlighted by Jarell Broxton’s nomination for CFL Most Outstanding Lineman. Meanwhile, running backs coach Trysten Dyce oversaw the advancement of players like Taquan Mizzell, further bolstering the team’s offensive depth.
Special teams assistant and video coordinator Derek Oswalt will continue to lend his skills in game planning, working closely with Benevides to forge a formidable special teams strategy.
BC Lions’ coaching stability, marked by Campbell’s leadership and Phillips’ enhanced role, serves as a robust foundation as the team aims to build on its recent successes and gear up for a promising 2024 season.
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