Mark Washington



Defensive Coordinator

Mark Washington was named Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Backs Coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats January 16, 2019.

Washington has 23 combined years of Canadian Football League experience as a player (1997-2007) and coach (2008-19) and is a three-time Grey Cup champion (2002, 2006, 2011).

In 2019, his first with the Tiger-Cats, Washington led a defensive unit that allowed a league-low and franchise record 344 points against and just 33 touchdowns, while also ranking second in the CFL in pass knockdowns (73), and third in quarterback sacks (54), turnovers forced (44), interceptions (22) and fumble recoveries (12). His defence produced the East Division’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player in linebacker Simoni Lawrence who led the CFL in defensive tackles (98) and defensive plays made (117), as well as four 2019 CFL All-Stars in Lawrence, defensive tackle Dylan Wynn, defensive halfback Richard Leonard and safety Tunde Adeleke.

The Washington, D.C. native joined the Tiger-Cats after 11 seasons with the BC Lions where he most recently served five years as Defensive Coordinator (2014-18) preceded by six seasons as Defensive Backs Coach (2008-13). During his tenure as a coach in BC, Washington presided over 18 West Division All-Stars and 11 CFL All-Stars from the defensive back position.

Prior to transitioning to the coaching ranks, the 5-9, 180-pound defensive back played five seasons for the Lions (2003-07) after six seasons with the Montreal Alouettes (1997-2002) where he began his CFL playing career.

A natural dressing room leader and familiar face in Lions community programs, Washington was recognized for his inspirational play and charitable deeds by the Lions in 2003 with the Fred Dietrich Award, followed by the CFLPA’s Tom Pate Award in 2006 for outstanding sportsmanship in addition to significant contributions to his team and community.

Washington attended Rutgers University and graduated with a degree in Industrial Engineering. He and his wife Judy have two children.



2020-Present Defensive Coordinator Hamilton Tiger-Cats
2019 Defensive Coordinator & Defensive Backs Coach Hamilton Tiger-Cats
2014-18 Defensive Coordinator BC Lions
2008-13 Defensive Backs Coach BC Lions