Wally Buono of the British Columbia Lions will go out as a head coach as the best for 2011.
On Friday in Toronto, Buono was named the Canadian Football League Coach of the Year.
Buono was chosen over Paul LaPolice of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Kavis Reed of the Edmonton Eskimos.
The Lions finished with a record of 11-7 in the CFL’s Western Division, but a major reason why Buono was chosen was because the Lions were red hot in the second half of the season, where they won 11 of their last 13 games.
But voters obviously forgot how terrible the Lions were in the first half of the year when they lost their first five.
I’m sorry, but I think for a coach to be named coach of the year he needs to be the best coach in the league throughout the entire year. One could argue Buono didn’t start coaching until mid-August.
The voters got it wrong. Nobody would have predicted the Blue Bombers to win the Eastern Division at the beginning of the season after going 4-14 the previous year. My vote would have gone to Paul Lapolice without any questionable doubt.
Buono, meanwhile handed over the Lions coaching duties in the offseason to Mike Benevides, the team’s former defensive co-ordinator. Buono will stay on as the Lions’ General Manager.