Monday, November 19, 2012

Faith serves Lions coach well

Bench boss Mike Benevides leans on God in his times of need and in his times of success
B.C. Lions quarterback Travis Lulay (left) receives instruction from head coach Mike Benevides during a team practice at B.C. Place Stadium. Lulay says Benevides is a great leader. Photo by Malin Jordan / The B.C. Catholic.
The B.C. Catholic has a feature on B.C. Lions head coach Mike Benevides about how his faith and football life interact:
Benevides says faith has always been his rock.

"It has served me well," he told
The B.C. Catholic. He said last year he turned to his faith when the Lions started their 2011 season with an 0-5 record. "Things weren't going well."

But things turned around for Benevides and the team as the Lions roared back and won 11 of their final 13 games en route to winning the Grey Cup.

The turnaround reminded Benevides to lean on faith in times of need, but also to turn to it in the good times.

The good times continued for Benevides after the 2011 season, when he was the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for the Lions. He was named the 24th head coach in Lions history in December, then led the Leos to a first overall record in the CFL in his rookie season.

He credited his success with always keeping an even keel and remembering to be thankful to God along the way.
Read the full story at The B.C. Catholic website.

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