The Hamilton Tiger-Cats revealed their coaching staff for the 2023 season, which features the return to the team of Jeff Reinebold and the return to the CFL of Scott Milanovich.
Reinebold returns for his third stint with the Ticats, having previously served as special teams coordinator with the team from 2013-2016 and again from 2019-2021. During his previous stints with the Ticats, Reinebold helped the franchise reach four Grey Cups and coached both Brandon Banks and Frankie Williams to top special teams honours in 2015 and 2019, respectively.
The veteran CFL coach replaces Craig Butler, who served in the same position for the Tiger-Cats last season. Butler vacated the position due to family reasons, according to the team.
Scott Milanovich joins the Tiger-Cats as a senior assistant coach after spending the last two seasons as quarterbacks coach with the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts. Milanovich’s last CFL stop was briefly in Edmonton where he was hired to be the team’s head coach ahead of the 2020 season. He never coached a game for the team as the coronavirus pandemic caused the cancellation of the 2020 CFL season and left to take the job with the Colts.
Milanovich was the Toronto Argonauts head coach from 2012 to 2016, winning the Grey Cup with the team in his first year at the helm while also being named the CFL’s coach of the year that same season. The 50-year-old also previously won a pair of Grey Cups with the Montreal Alouettes in 2009 and 2010 while he was the team’s offensive coordinator.
Other newcomers to the Tiger-Cats’ staff include Tim Smith as receivers coach, Rob Payne as running backs coach, Charlie Taggart as assistant special teams coach and Matt Tolliver as defensive quality control coach.
The rest of the staff remains the same with Robin Ross returning as linebackers coach, Randy Melvin returning as defensive line coach, Mike Gibson returning as offensive line coach and Jarryd Baines returning as receivers coach and pass game analyst.
Head coach Orlondo Steinauer, offensive coordinator Tommy Condell and defensive coordinator Mark Washington all return for their fourth seasons with the club in those positions.
The Ticats will open up rookie camp with their revised coaching staff on Thursday. The team will begin their 2023 training camp on Sunday at 11 a.m. at Ron Joyce Stadium on the campus of McMaster University.