Ticats finalize 2022 coaching staff, promote Craig Butler to special teams coordinator

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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have unveiled their 2022 coaching staff, consisting of eight returning coaches from last year and seven coaches returning for their third straight season.

Two returning coaches were also elevated to new roles, including Craig Butler as special teams coordinator and assistant defensive backs coach and Jarryd Baines as running backs coach.

Jykine Bradley is set to make his CFL coaching debut with the Tiger-Cats as defensive backs coach. Jason Phillips will join Bradley as the new additions to the staff and will serve as receivers coach.

“Surrounding myself with great people is extremely important, and I believe this has been accomplished,” said Orlondo Steinauer, the team’s head coach and president of football operations, in a press release.

“It’s exciting to be able to keep strong continuity and add a couple of new, yet familiar faces. They are all exceptional teachers, who are ready to get to work and add value. I am thankful that this outstanding group and their families have chosen to be a part of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats organization.”

The 41-year-old Bradley joins the Tiger-Cats coaching staff with seven years of experience as a player in the CFL, including six with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2005-10) and one with the Edmonton Elks (2011) as a defensive back. The Knoxville, Tenn. native has recently served as defensive backs coach for Northwood University in the NCAA (2021) and the Waterloo Warriors in U Sports (2017-19).

The 55-year-old Phillips most recently served as the co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach at Jackson State University in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (2021) and has a lengthy coaching resumé including stints with the Houston Marshalls in the Spring Football League (1999-2000) and multiple the NCAA with Houston (2001, 2003-06, 2008-11), Texas State (2002), Baylor (2007), Southern Methodist University (2012-14), Kansas (2016), Oregon State (2017), and Utah State (2019-20) in various roles.

The native of Crowley, La. was selected by the Detroit Lions in the 10th round (253rd overall) of the 1989 NFL Draft and also spent time with the Atlanta Falcons (1991-94) as a wide receiver. He also played in the CFL with the Birmingham Barracudas (1995) and was named to the South All-Star Team before joining the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for the 1996 season, posting 136 receptions for 2029 yards and 16 touchdowns over two seasons.

“We are likely to add an 11th coach to our staff in the future,” said Steinauer. “We would also like to thank Jeff Reinebold for his passion, hard work, dedication and time over his six years in Hamilton. Jeff is a great person who was extremely helpful to me in more ways than I can mention, I appreciate you Jeff. Thank you.”

2022 Hamilton Tiger-Cats Coaching Staff

Orlondo Steinauer – Head Coach

Tommy Condell – Offensive Coordinator & Quarterbacks

Mark Washington – Defensive Coordinator

Craig Butler – Special Teams Coordinator & Assistant Defensive Backs

Mike Gibson – Offensive Line

Robin Ross – Linebackers

Randy Melvin – Defensive Line

Jarryd Baines – Running Backs

Jykine Bradley – Defensive Backs

Jason Phillips – Receivers