The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have locked up two key members of the team’s coaching staff.
Tommy Condell and Mark Washington were signed to contract extensions to remain with the team beyond the 2021 season.
The 49-year-old Condell serves as the club’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He was instrumental in the development of Dane Evans in 2019 after franchise quarterback Jeremiah Masoli suffered a torn ACL.
Hamilton scored a league-high 551 points on the season and produced the league’s Most Outstanding Player in Brandon Banks. The offence also led the league in offensive touchdowns (50), net offence (7,125 yards), second down conversion percentage (tie-50.5%), average yards per play (6.84), first downs (398), passing yards (5,639), passing yards per game (313.3), and average gain per pass (9.0 yards).
The 47-year-old Washington became the Ticats’ defensive coordinator in 2019 following a five-year stint with the B.C. Lions. The retired defensive back played eleven seasons in the CFL as a member of Montreal and B.C.
His defence allowed a league-low 334 points under his watch, helping the team achieve its best regular season record ever at 15-3. The unit also ranked second in the CFL in pass knockdowns (73), third in quarterback sacks (54), third in turnovers forced (44), third in interceptions (22) and third in fumble recoveries (12)
The extensions came just one week after head coach Orlondo Steinauer signed a contract extension with the team.
“It’s hard to adequately capture the qualities these men embody in a couple of sentences. With that said, being able to retain them is energizing to me and the organization,” said Steinauer.
“They are outstanding people who work exceptionally hard and are experts in their field. They will be instrumental pieces to what we are able to accomplish as a football team. I want to thank them and their families for committing to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.”