Ticats bring back Orlondo Steinauer

Orlondo Steinauer has been named assistant head coach of the Ticats.

“Orlondo is an accomplished CFL coach with a great track record at this level. He’s a coach whose great work ethic, intelligence, knowledge of the Canadian game and ability to get the most out of his players will be a huge asset to our staff,” said Ticats head coach June Jones in a statement.

“We’re very happy to bring him home to Hamilton after an exceptional year at Fresno State. I know these decisions are always big for coaches and families, and I’m thrilled as the head coach that someone of Orlondo’s character and talent is joining the staff as my assistant head coach. This is a great thing for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats organization. After speaking with him at length and from talking to people in the organization, including some of the players, I know this addition will help us in our quest to bring a Grey Cup Championship back to Hamilton.”

He returns to the Ticats after one-year as the defensive coordinator with the University of Fresno State in 2017.

Last season, Steinauer was part of the Bulldogs 10-4 turnaround season which included winning the Hawaii Bowl. Fresno State became the second team in NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) history to go from double-digit losses one season to double-digit wins the next.

“This was a big decision for our family, and I’m unbelievably excited to join the Tiger-Cats and June Jones’ staff as his assistant head coach. Our family has spent the vast majority of our lives in Southern Ontario together and the opportunity right now in Hamilton was perfectly aligned with my personal and professional priorities, which obviously include bringing a Grey Cup back to the great fans of the Tiger-Cats,” said Steinauer in a statement. 

“This was certainly not an easy decision to leave the situation at Fresno State, which has been incredible. I want to thank all of the great people, players and coaches at Fresno State, who all contributed to a memorable season, to say the least.”

Steinauer worked for four years under Ticats vice president of football operations Kent Austin’s coaching staff in Hamilton from 2013-16. He originally joined the organization as defensive coordinator before being promoted to assistant head coach and defensive coordinator in May 2016.