Special teams coordinator Jeff Reinebold signs extension with Ticats

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Hamilton Tiger-Cats special teams coordinator Jeff Reinebold has signed a contract extension to remain with the team.

Former Ticats and current Houston Roughnecks head coach June Jones had offered a job to Reinebold, but he elected to stay with the Tabbies.

Under Reinebold’s tutelage, kick returner Frankie Williams won the 2019 John Agro Award as the league’s Most Outstanding Special Teams Player and was a CFL all-star, while kicker Lirim Hajrullahu was named a divisional all-star for the second time in his career.

“Jeff Reinebold is a great football mind and has been a valuable asset for me, our players, and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats organization,” head coach Orlondo Steinauer said.

“Our special teams units have performed extremely well in the years Jeff has been our coordinator. Continuity is something that we value in our organization and we are pleased to have an experienced leader like Jeff back on our coaching staff.”

The 62-year-old returned to the Tiger-Cats coaching staff in 2019 and led a special teams unit that ranked top-three in the CFL in numerous categories, including first in kick return touchdowns (five), big play returns (19) and opponent kick return touchdowns (zero), second in kickoff return average (23.4 yards), opponent punt return average (9.1 yards) and opponent kick return average (20.1 yards), and third in net punting average (36.2 yards).

Reinebold has nearly 40 years of coaching experience, including 16 seasons in the CFL and six with the Tiger-Cats (2013-2017, 2019). The South Bend, Indiana native’s CFL resume also includes various roles with the B.C. Lions (1991-1993, 1996, 2018), Las Vegas Posse (1994) and Edmonton Eskimos (1995), a two-year stint as head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1997-98) and one year as defensive coordinator of the Montreal Alouettes (2012).

Most recently in his role as a special teams coordinator, Reinebold has overseen numerous players that have had significant individual success. In addition to Williams and Hajrullahu in 2019, B.C.’s kicker and punter Ty Long was named the West Division’s finalist for CFL Most Outstanding Special Teams Player and a CFL all-star in 2018.

From 2014 to 2016, Hamilton’s kick returner Brandon Banks was named a CFL all-star twice (2014, 2015), and an East Division all-star in all three seasons, including winning the 2015 John Agro Award and being named the East Division’s finalist for CFL Most Outstanding Special Teams Player in 2016.