September 27, 2022
CFL's first female coach eager to get to work as BC Lions defensive assistant

B.C. Lions defensive assistant Tanya Walter watches from the sideline and takes notes during the CFL football team’s training camp in Kamloops, B.C., on May 21, 2021.DARRYL DYCK/The Canadian Press

“My biggest thing is being the best coach that I can be throughout the season,” said the defensive assistant. “I’m sure there’s gonna be opportunities as well to have an impact on (other women). But the reality, is my focus in season is going to be on doing my job.”

There have already been ample opportunities to learn from her new colleagues, she said, including from former Montreal Alouettes defensive end John Bowman, who joins B.C. as a first-year defensive line coach this season.

“It’s been nice to actually finally get on the field and interact with players and interact with our coaches and actually be doing the football part of it,” Walter said. “Obviously, all the office stuff is part of the position and part of being a coach at this level, but it’s been a long time coming to actually get out on the field.”

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