Wally Buono

Vitals

Full name: Pasquale Buono

Preferred name: Wally

Born July 2, 1950 in Potenza, Italy (69 years old)

Football program: Idaho State

Last Season Played: 1981

Height: 5′ 11″

Position: LB

Jersey: #39

Career

10 Season Career with MTL

Active years: 1972–1981

161 career games (See notes)

  • 156 regular season games
  • 5 Grey Cup appearances (2 championship wins)

Awards

  • 2009 Winner Commissioner's Award
  • 2018 Winner Hugh Campbell Distinguished Leadership Award
  • 1992 Winner Coach of the Year
  • 1993 Winner Coach of the Year
  • 2001 Runner Up Coach of the Year
  • 2004 Runner Up Coach of the Year
  • 2006 Winner Coach of the Year
  • 2007 Runner Up Coach of the Year
  • 2011 Winner Coach of the Year

Star of the Week/Top Performer

Weekly
Monthly

Wally Buono Career Game Participation

Season Team Jersey Regular
GP
Playoff
GP
Grey Cup
GP
10 seasons
(Rank: T483rd,
95th percentile)
1 team 156
(Rank: 351st,
97th percentile)
0 5
1972 MTL 45 14 -- 0
1973 MTL 39 14 -- 0
1974 MTL 39 16 -- 1
1975 MTL 57 16 -- 1
1976 MTL 39 16 -- 0
1977 MTL 39 16 -- 1
1978 MTL 39 16 -- 1
1979 MTL 39 16 -- 1
1980 MTL 39 16 -- 0
1981 MTL 39 16 -- 0

Head Coach

  • Calgary Stampeders (Jan. 4, 1990 – Jan. 13, 2003)
  • BC Lions (Jan. 14, 2003 – Dec. 5, 2011)
  • BC Lions (Dec. 2, 2015 – Nov. 13, 2018)

Wally Buono's Head Coaching Record
SeasonGPWLTPCTPFPA
Regular Season45028216530.63013,64011,110
Playoffs32181400.563869835
Grey Cup95400.556217222

Assistant Coach

  • Montreal Concordes 1984
  • Montreal Concordes 1985 Linebackers
  • Montreal Alouettes 1986 Linebackers
  • Calgary Stampeders 1987 Defensive line
  • Calgary Stampeders 1988 Linebackers
  • Calgary Stampeders 1989 Defensive Coordinator