Austin adds three to Ticats coaching staff | | Official Site of the Canadian Football League

HAMILTON -- Hamilton Tiger-Cats Vice President of Football Operations, General Manager and Head Coach Kent Austin made three more additions to his coaching staff today by hiring Dennis McPhee as Defensive Line Coach, Allen Rudolph as Offensive Line Coach and John Zamberlin as Linebackers Coach.

McPhee returns to Hamilton for his third tour of duty with the Ticats after formerly serving as a defensive assistant from 1995-2001 and 2004-06.  McPhee's previous Black and Gold stints saw him oversee the linebackers from 1995-97, the defensive line from 1998-2001 and the defensive front from 2004-06.    

Under McPhee's watch the Ticats led the CFL in quarterback sacks in 1999, 2000 and 2004 while defensive end Joe Montford was named the CFL's Most Outstanding Defensive Player three times.

In addition to his pro experience, McPhee's coaching pedigree also includes stops as head coach at Waterloo and St. Francis Xavier, as well as defensive coordinator at Western and McMaster.

"Dennis was exactly what we were looking for in a defensive line coach.  He will bring a combination of intensity, fairness and caring to his group.  He has a proven track record and will demand commitment, preparation and production from his players," said Austin.  

Rudolph boasts a wealth of experience as an offensive line coach, most recently at Northwestern State.  He also served as offensive coordinator at Southeastern Louisiana and Samford.  

In Hamilton, Rudolph will be reunited with Ticats offensive coordinator Tommy Condell after previously working with him at Louisiana-Monroe and Southeastern Louisiana.

"Allen is a quality offensive line coach who has guest coached in the CFL and has a strong working relationship with our offensive coordinator Tommy Condell.  He understands all phases of offensive football and is a tremendous individual," remarked Austin.  

Zamberlin will return for his second season as the Ticats linebackers coach in 2013.  Before joining the Ticats staff last year, Zamberlin served as defensive tackles coach at Weber State in 2011 after spending 14 years as a head coach at Idaho State (2007-10) and Central Washington (1997-2006).  

"We are excited that John will be back coaching our linebackers.  He's an outstanding, experienced coach who has been a defensive coordinator and head coach in his career, and understands both secondary and front end play.  Additionally, John's character and personality make him a great fit for our staff," said Austin.

The Tiger-Cats also announced that the team has not renewed the contract of Director of Player Personnel Joe Womack.

Fan Comments
als rule
the chicago bears are a cheap outfit when it comes to paying it's HCs in the beginning!! SHOW/PROVE BEFORE CASH!! montreal HC marc trestman currently earns $500,000 plus/year with the alouettes and 6 months off a year to spend with his family in NC!! so therefore you think he's leaving? next AC makes $400,000 plus/year with the als and adrain McPherson earns $100,000 plus/year!! that's half a million plus for QBs!! with AM as a f/agent and asking for a raise say bye bye adrain!! LBs make everybody on the D better so it will be interesting to see what new DC noel thorpe does with the bums from the last 2 years?
January 11, 2013 - 3:16pm
als rule
funny that nowhere on CFL.CA is there any mention of als GM jim popp having/had an interview with carolina panthers or HC marc trestman with the cleveland browns and chicago bears all of the NFL!! why? ex NFL and NCAA HC jimmy johnson on a tweet as usual knows nothing BUT wishful guessing!! if and I don't believe it at all they both leave who replaces them? returning home WALLY BUONO!!
January 11, 2013 - 2:53pm
Buono is not going to leave BC. Jeff Hunt already asked him if he would want to run the Ottawa "No Names" which he declined. Wally has a house on the beach here in Vancouver and most of his family lives out here to.
January 12, 2013 - 6:17pm
This Old Man
Welcome back, Coach Austin. The CFL is where you belong. I see the NFL starting to resemble our game a little more with QBs like Russell Wilson, especially. Looking forward to the Tabbies reaching their potential - look what you did for KJ and the Roughriders in '07. No one will ever forget you and KJ at the end of the game. THAT is the CFL distilled into a single moment.
January 11, 2013 - 12:49pm
als rule
KJ/austin CFL single moment what don't think so!!?
January 12, 2013 - 1:02pm
Austin has pulled together a pretty impressive staff, let's see how it translates on the field.
January 10, 2013 - 11:04am
Absolutely - until we see how it translates on the field we can't entirely gauge how good these hires are. Rudolph is mostly an unknown in CFL circles, but McPhee has had good success with the team in the past. Glad that there is at least one holdover from last season in Zamberlin. Here's hoping that the Special Teams coaching staff remains intact as well.
January 10, 2013 - 5:34pm
I feel confident.

I said that last year though. (and the year previous to that year)
January 10, 2013 - 5:40pm