Mark Washington (Canadian football)

Mark Washington (born April 16, 1973) is the defensive coordinator for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He is also a retired professional Canadian football defensive back in the CFL, having played for the Montreal Alouettes and the BC Lions over 11 seasons. After his retirement, he joined the Lions as the defensive backs coach, and was promoted to defensive coordinator for the 2014 BC Lions season.

Mark Washington
Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Coach Mark Washington, June 22, 2019.jpg
Washington before a Hamilton Tiger-Cats game in 2019.
Born: (1973-04-16) April 16, 1973 (age 46)
Washington, DC
Career information
CFL statusAmerican
Height5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight180 lb (82 kg)
Career history
As coach
20082013BC Lions
(Defensive backs coach)
2014–2018BC Lions
(Defensive coordinator)
2019–presentHamilton Tiger-Cats
(Defensive coordinator/DB coach)
As player
1997New York CityHawks
19972002Montreal Alouettes
20032007BC Lions
Awards2006 Tom Pate Memorial Award
Career stats
  • Playing stats at (archive)

College careerEdit

Washington attended Rutgers University. As a junior at Rutgers, he was an All-Big East performer, and as a senior, he was the team captain.

Professional careerEdit

Washington began his pro career with the Barcelona Dragons of NFL Europa, where he won a World Bowl in 1997. He played six seasons for the Montreal Alouettes, from 1997 to 2002, recording nine interceptions (and returning two for touchdowns) and winning a Grey Cup in 2002. He moved in 2003, as a free agent, to the BC Lions, where in five seasons he intercepted eight passes (one for a TD), was named an all-star in 2003, and won the Grey Cup in 2006. He retired on January 31, 2008.

Coaching and broadcastingEdit

After his playing career, he became the defensive backs coach of the BC Lions, and also began a career in television broadcasting, co-hosting a local talk-show.[1][2] On December 12, 2013 it was announced that he would become the new defensive coordinator for the BC Lions.[3]

Mark Washington was named defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on January 16, 2019.[4]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-11-05. Retrieved 2009-01-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-02-02. Retrieved 2009-01-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  4. ^ "Washington, Reinebold among Ticats' coaching additions". January 16, 2019.