Ticats Orlondo Steinauer to be new defensive coordinator at Fresno State

Orlondo Steinauer will be the new defensive coordinator of the Fresno State Bulldogs.

The 43-year-old Steinauer has been the defensive coordinator of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for the last four seasons but will join the staff of former B.C. Lions head coach Jeff Tedford, who was named head coach of the Bulldogs on Nov. 10.

Steinauer was considered one of the top head coaching prospects in the CFL and as a possible target of the Toronto Argonauts if they decide to part ways with Scott Milanovich.

A Seattle, Washington native, Steinauer player 13 seasons as a defensive back in the CFL, with Ottawa, Toronto and Hamilton winning two Grey Cups. He spent three seasons as a coach with the Argos before joining the Ticats.

Steinauer was under contract with the Ticats for 2017, having quietly signed a contract extension early last season. However, the deal included a out clause if an another opportunity presented itself.

The Ticats have special teams coordinator Jeff Reinebold under contract for next season and he could be a possible replacement – he was DC for the Alouettes in 2012 – though Hamilton may also look elsewhere.

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Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.
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42 Comments on Ticats Orlondo Steinauer to be new defensive coordinator at Fresno State

  1. All the best to him, he was terrific for us. Lost a great coach today, must have been a tempting pay raise/ potential head coach opportunity for him to uproot his life from Southern Ontario to California.

  2. Ouff. Big shoes to fill. Wish him well.

    • First of all why the pay raise comment, the CFL has too many fans with all this big school big pay , he was paid according to his very deserving caliber . Maybe they have one to many coaches on board > No matter it’s warm in Fresno and Tedford is a CFL man. Landed in BC where the Buono influence is too much to overcome!

      • Why the pay raise comment, you ask?

        First there’s the assumption that one wouldn’t move for anything but a raise.

        Second there’s the numbers of US college assistant coaches making what look like big $$$. I doubt OS was making $250K+ USD for the Cats where for the colleges reporting numbers, there’s three hundred ninety eight that are making this kind of money.

        Fresno State does not seem to have money troubles as they are paying Tedford over five years $7.9 million (if even, $1.58 million a year) before considering incentive pay.

        The previous DC was under contract for 2017 for what looks like $300K.

        Covering Tedford’s millions plus the transition costs have been raised privately.

        Over time, the info might be published or dug out by US sources.

        • I’ve said before how impressive my fellow fans are. I know a lot from being a dedicated fan of cfl ball, but you guys show me I’m at the btm of grnd cannon looking up at your horizon less knowledge! Tks for sharing

  3. Honestly he was gone anyway and this way he isn’t coaching against us nor can he take any players with him so we got very very lucky here and I couldn’t be happier for him

  4. Kinda knew this was going to happen for 2017-Only surprise really, it’s not a CFL related coaching job-Money is certainly a factor. All the best. Ti-Cats will miss his defensive strategic systems. Kudos to Orlando!

  5. Well it remains to be seen how much we will miss Orlondo… the Cats defense was mediocre at best last season. Lack of QB pressure, poor tackling in the backfield and a plethora of undisciplined play resulting in too many penalties. Without doubt, a need for better players and/or coaching will be required if this team has any chance of winning a Grey Cup.

    • Zambiasi: This comment is far too negative. Too bad you can’t recognize intelligence and potential when you see it. Every successful coach has that and got where they are by having similar people around them. His departure is out loss…but inevitable.
      The CFL recognizes Orlondo’s abilities and so do most Tiger-Cat fans. If he had stayed in the CFL he would have been a head coach. It would also have been our loss.
      I’d say your comment is very short sighted.

    • Terry Baxter // December 17, 2016 at 10:44 am //

      Agree 100% zambiasi. Our D stunk!!!! New blood needed all around. I for one am happy we get a new start on D.

  6. frank sabados // December 14, 2016 at 11:27 pm //

    Wish you all the best Orlando with Fresno State

  7. Fresno? No one goes to Fresno anymore.

    But seriously, all the best to Coach O.

    It will be interesting to see who replaces him. I think the team would be better off keeping Reinebold coordinating STs, but it will probably depend who is available (and more specifically, who is available that will buy into the Austin Way). At least this happened early in the off-season, and one would think Austin had already been considering potential replacements knowing that Steinauer might move on.

  8. Too bad. Good luck to Orlondo…he has been a great player and did well as DC. Given his ability, it was inevitable that he would leave.
    So…we have lost Tommy Condell and Orlondo in the space of a year or so. This team seems to be regressing rather than improving, regardless of the injury situation.

    • Not the self proclaimed Shark maybe one less coach ” ie Reinhold” and more pay across the board but sometimes an extension is also a warning , get improved or chop!

  9. NotJoshSmith // December 15, 2016 at 3:57 am //

    Josh Smith for DC! I mean he’s built like an OL, um, I mean DT.

  10. And let the new era begin!!! Good bye, watch the door and lets Go Cats!

  11. This is excellent news. He was too popular in the locker room with the D – defence has been lousy for 2 years, no pass rush without blitzing, gave up way too many first half points and never solved the DB problem. A chnage was desperately needed. Thorpe or Chamblin will be great improvements if they come here

    • Chamblin WAS here (2011) and his defense sure wasn’t anything to get excited about! I don’t think he’d fit well with Austin’s philosophy either. Steinauer is a FAR better DC IMO. The lack of DBs or high number of injuries in that area are hardly his doing. That’s why they have a scouting staff and GM.

      Sorry to see Steinauer leaving but it was going to happen at some point. I wish him well in his future endeavours. At least he won’t be scheming against the Ticats! 🙂

  12. All the best to coach Steinauer. I have a feeling he will be back in the CFL someday.

  13. Flying Wildcat // December 15, 2016 at 9:00 am //

    Nawww! You’re all missing the underlying point here, which is, there’s trouble in the henhouse, as in the last eight months, both Tommy Condell and Orlondo Steinauer have found something else to do than work for Kent Austin.

  14. Good luck to coach O. Now go get Noel Thorpe before someone else does.

    • Jethro when a coach ie assist makes a point to hog the camera when the red light is on others get p—ed right off! So they keep the wrong guy! Totally creating more TC troubles ! Does Kent go and “The self proclaimed Shark jump in to Head Coach” or is ownership dumbfounded into submission ie Toronto and BC.

  15. Lindsay Wilcox // December 15, 2016 at 9:09 am //

    All the best to Coach OS ! If he ever comes back to the CFL, it will be as a HC or GM/HC.

    Since Steinauer was also Ass’t HC, I’d like to see Reinebold get Ass’t HC (seniority) even if they bring in a new DC.

  16. OttawaHamiCatsFan // December 15, 2016 at 10:06 am //

    Best of luck to Steinauer he was a good coach. I do not believe that the issues the last two seasons were due to coaching rather I think he did the best anyone could do with the talent the team had. This team has been hammered by injuries badly the last two seasons and I think he did a good job with the revolving door of players.

    I am still wondering if this team was better off putting Orlando has HC and moving Kent into the office full time.

    • I agree. I would have promoted Orlondo to HC. Austin’s coaching decisions have been questionable at the best of times. However, so have Steinhauer’s…rushing only 3 lineman at crucial times at the end of games comes to mind. Good luck to him though. Glad he won’t be coaching against us and taking some of our players with him.

  17. Something is amiss in Tiger town… first Condell and now Steinauer; and both of them leaving before their contract was up. Maybe Austin is hard to work for? Maybe? 🙂

  18. Hey phil might agree with you condell and steinaur came in with Kent made it to grey cup 2 years in row weren’t good enough to win the big one and since the last grey cup appearance the team has steadily decreased in production and talent they are struggling to win games and stay healthy and possibly the writings on the wall to get out now and move on to better oportunities. On the other hand maybe this team needs a new look on defence and this move will pay off. Ohhhhh the suspense and what 2017 with bring .

  19. Two coaches leaving, who is next, our QB?
    Something to think about and why.

  20. Good for Steinauer in getting a gig down south. I may actually follow Fresno State more closely now. Another CFL hire and I might become a fan of theirs.

    There was a reason why there was an opening in Fresno. Team was 1-10 this year, and have traditionally had good offenses and bad defenses. As the school tries to elevate themselves into a national powerhouse, they like to play the big boys even though they usually get slaughtered.

    My point is that next year, Fresno’s 2nd and 3rd games are @Alabama and @Washington. Not too many DC with a choice are going to like those odds.

    Hence, Orlondo was likely the best choice available because anybody better would pass for fear of tarnishing their image in a tough situation.

  21. Ticat Mike // December 15, 2016 at 3:02 pm //

    Good luck to Oralndo. As for how this affects the Cats? Who knows. OUr defensive secondary has been awful for years, the LB corps average at best, and D line improved last year but still missing a constant menace. The talent just wasnt there and you can only coach what you have to work with.
    Why Fresno? Likely a combination of weather, lifestyle change, perhaps other monetary considerations. AS for Tedford — a very mediocre short lived CFL Q
    B and very very shortLived overrated CFL coach — now heading the football program of a small school with a miserable record. Only Orlando knows why this move was a good for himself and his family.

    • Mike: I guess he wasn’t here long enough. His name is Orlondo…not Orlando!
      Also my guess is that he could have a better chance of entering the ranks of the NFL if he gets a couple of years of college coaching under his belt. I’m also wondering if he saw more changes coming to the Tiger-Cats that he did not like.

  22. I’m surprised by some of the comments such as Austin is the real reason Condell and Steinauer are no longer with the team. Huh!.Condell spent three years with Austin at Cornell and three years with the Ticats as OC. How would this be possible if the two men did not get along. Steinauer has spent four years as DC of the Ticats and in 2016 was given the additional title of assistant HC. How is Austin the bad guy? The comments such as “trouble in the henhouse” are more about a personal dislike for Austin is not based on evidence.

    • I suspect it’s more disappointment in the lack of a GC then some decisions with an added slice of “why no run game”? *grin*

      Condell I doubt but can see what would draw doubts. Steinauer makes no sense. I’ve seen a lot of people make a move like he has done for opportunities. Add in more money, better climate as well as limited opportunities to move up and it makes all the sense in the world to me *on it’s own*.

    • Terry Baxter // December 17, 2016 at 10:52 am //

      Absolutely correct re your comments about Condell and coach O having been with Austen for such a long period of time that divorce is now impossible. I for one have never ever heard of any marriage or relationship fracturing and breaking after such a long time as six whole years!!! Give your head a shake. Of course Austen is at fault. Will be glad when he is gone. and take his ego and smartest man in the room attitude with him.

  23. blackandgold // December 16, 2016 at 10:15 am //

    Orlondo had a nice run as Ticat DC that corresponded with his daughter finishing university close by. Once that was done he was free to pursue his best opportunity. 4 years in one place doing one job for a 43 year old gets stale. It was just time to move on. Coaching is a nomadic lifestyle. Do not read too much into 2 coaches leaving. If you have good coordinators they either need to be promoted or they leave. There was no room for promotion for either coach that left.

  24. Sea of Dead // December 16, 2016 at 9:18 pm //

    Those of you who think ‘coaches come and go’ and there is nothing wrong in TC land are extremely naive. Condell and Steinauer were two fine coaches that will be extremely difficult to replace. We can all speculate why they left and likely be wrong. But one thing is certain … They would have likely remained with the team if the immediate future was bright for the Cats. The lousy 2016 campaign and their departure this year suggests that is NOT the case.

    And if we lose some of our better free agents in Feb, that will be a confirmation of this. A lot of our players were extremely loyal to Condell and Steinauer. Not sure the sentiment is the same for Austin.

  25. blackandgold // December 17, 2016 at 8:32 am //

    Those of you who think players re-sign in the FA period because of the coordinators are extremely naïve.
    It is about the almighty dollar.
    We lost a ton of FA last offseason with both coordinators under contract to debunk your theory.

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