B.C. Lions hire Tanya Walter, first-ever full-time female CFL coach

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The B.C. Lions have hired Tanya Walter to the coaching staff as a defensive assistant. She is the first full-time female coaching hire in CFL history.

“I am honoured and grateful to the Lions organization for providing me the opportunity to make this significant step in my coaching career,” said Walter in a press release. “I can’t wait to get to work with this Lions team.”

Walter’s football journey began in 2013 as a player with the Western Women’s Canadian Football League’s (WWCFL) Edmonton Storm.

Walter also went on to represent both Team Alberta and Team Canada, helping the national women’s team win a silver medal at the IFAF Women’s World Championship in 2017.

“I am excited for the opportunity to add Tanya to our coaching staff,” said head coach and co-general manager Rick Campbell. “Along with her experience and dedication to the game of football, Tanya’s work ethic and enthusiasm will be valuable to our entire team.”

The native of Forestburg, Alta. began coaching at Edmonton’s St. Francis Xavier High School from 2017-21.

Walter’s coaching resume also includes a guest appearance with the CJFL Edmonton Huskies. She also served as an assistant for the West Edmonton Raiders girls tackle football team.