- Free Agency
HAMILTON — The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have locked up 2019’s Coach of the Year.
The team announced on Thursday that they have extended the contract of bench boss Orlondo Steinauer, keeping him in the Hammer.
In 2019, Steinauer led the Ticats to the Grey Cup for the first time since 2014, while Hamilton posted a franchise-best record of 15-3, on his way to winning Coach of the Year.
Steinauer paid his dues as an assistant for nine years, becoming one of the league’s top coaching prospects following a prolific playing career.
He was the Tiger-Cats defensive coordinator from 2013-2016 before heading down to the NCAA and becoming Fresno State’s defensive coordinator in 2017. He returned to the CFL and the Tabbies in 2018 as the team’s assistant head coach, working alongside June Jones. Ahead of the 2019 campaign, and with a few teams interested in Steinauer to fill vacant head coach positions, Jones and the team decided to promote Steinauer to head coach.
The 47-year-old also spent time as coach with the Toronto Argonauts (2011-2012) and is a three-time Grey Cup Champion, winning twice as a player (1999 and 2004) and one as a coach in 2012.