Ticats to bring back Jeff Reinebold as special teams coordinator

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are expected to name Jeff Reinebold as special teams coordinator, per sources.

Reinebold spent the 2018 season in the same role with the B.C. Lions.

The 61-year-old previously spent four seasons as Hamilton’s special teams coordinator from 2013-2016. He moved to defensive coordinator for the 2017 season, but was relieved of the role with the team at 0-6 and the defence last in several statistical categories. Then-head coach Kent Austin said Reinebold was offered another job with Ticats, but he left the team for the remainder of that year.

Reinebold was on the Ticats staff with new head coach Orlondo Steinauer for four years and two Grey Cup appearances. He has a strong relationship with associate head coach and offensive coordinator June Jones – Reinebold has been with Jones at both Southern Methodist University and the University of Hawaii.

Following his departure during the 2017 season, Reinebold raised the issue of “disloyalty” on his NFL-themed podcast for UK-based Sky Sports after being let go. He spent several days driving former Ticat John Chick’s belongings across the country after he was traded from Hamilton to Edmonton.

Reinebold is a highly respected special teams coordinator around the league. Explosive playmaker Brandon Banks enjoyed career-best seasons as a returner under Reinebold, including being named a CFL all-star in 2014 and 2015.

Reinebold should infuse a renewed energy into the Ticats special teams.

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