Hamilton Tiger-Cats finalize staff by hiring longtime CFL assistant Casey Creehan, two others

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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have made three additions to finalize their football staff for the 2022 CFL season.

“We are incredibly excited to welcome this highly qualified group of outstanding people to our organization,” said Orlondo Steinauer, President of Football Operations & Head Coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in a statement.

“They come to us from a wide variety of backgrounds and experience, in addition they highlight our organization’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Let’s get to work.”

Casey Creehan has been hired as the team’s new special teams & offensive assistant. He is back for his second stint with the Tiger-Cats after previously serving as the defensive coordinator under head coach George Cortez in 2012.

Creehan brings over two decades of coaching experience to the staff, including 10 years collegiately in the NCAA and NAIA and 13 years in the CFL with the Calgary Stampeders (2004-07), Montreal Alouettes (2008), Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2010-11, 2013), Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2012), Toronto Argonauts (2014-15) and Edmonton Elks (2016-17). Most recently, Creehan served as the head coach at Peru State College (NAIA, 2020-21).

Tamara Hinic has been hired as the director of football administration & operations. She is also back with the organization for a second time after previously serving as a football operations & administration coordinator for three seasons (2011-13).

She brings a vast amount of experience to the organization, including with the University of North Carolina, Charlotte (2010-11), Football Canada (2013-14), and the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (2014-22). She holds a Bachelor of Science, Sport Management from California University of Pennsylvania and a Masters of Science, Sport Management from East Stroudsburg University.

Chuck Winters has been hired as the strength and conditioning coach after previously serving as a defensive and special teams assistant under head coach Kent Austin in 2016. Winters played 83 games over his six seasons in the CFL with the Toronto Argonauts (2003-08), totalling 221 tackles, seven quarterback sacks and two interceptions.

Winters shared the defensive backfield in Toronto with Tiger-Cats’ president of football operations & head coach Orlondo Steinauer, where they won a Grey Cup in 2004.