Aloha: Ticats retain colourful special teams coordinator Jeff Reinebold

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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have signed special teams coordinator Jeff Reinebold to a contract extension for his seventh season with the Ticats in 2021.

Reinebold has nearly 40 years of coaching experience, including 16 seasons in the CFL. 

“It is exciting that Jeff has agreed to remain our special teams coordinator in 2021. He is an outstanding person that contributes to our organization and undeniably to our all-important special teams units,” head coach Orlondo Steinauer said. 

“Jeff is an expert in his field who thoroughly prepares and is an incredible teacher. It is awesome to have our three coordinators back in place and we want to thank Jeff and his family for committing to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.”

The 63-year-old Reinebold returned to the Ticats 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 (5), big play returns (19) and opponent kick return touchdowns (0), 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).

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 placekicker Lirim Hajrullahu was named a divisional all-star for the second time in his career.

The South Bend, Indiana native’s CFL resume also includes various roles with the BC Lions (1991-1993, 1996, 2018), Las Vegas Posse (1994) and Edmonton (1995), a two-year stint as head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1997-1998) and one year as defensive coordinator of the Montreal Alouettes (2012).