Kent Austin, Vice-President of Football Operations and Head Coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, announced Friday that Eric Tillman has been named the team’s General Manager. He also announced the promotions of Drew Allemang to Assistant General Manager and Director of Canadian Scouting, and Shawn Burke to Assistant General Manager and Director of Football Operations.
“Eric has a wealth of experience and knowledge with respect to the game of football and the Canadian Football League, and has been a great resource for us the past three seasons,” said Austin. “He will now be based out of our Hamilton office and we felt the need to better define his role with the club as his involvement increases moving forward.”
Tillman, who was hired by the Tiger-Cats as a consultant in 2013, has served as Hamilton’s Director of U.S. Scouting and U.S. Pro Personnel since 2014. The veteran CFL executive was previously a General Manager with the B.C. Lions (1993-95: 31-22-1), Toronto Argonauts (1997, 1999: 24-12), the expansion Ottawa Renegades (2002-03: 11-25), Saskatchewan Roughriders (2006-09: 39-23-1) and Edmonton Eskimos (2010-12: 23-21), posting a combined record of 128-103-2 with a .554 winning percentage.
The Jackson, Mississippi native’s accomplishments as a GM include being the architect of three Grey Cup championship teams in 1994 (B.C.), 1997 (Toronto) and 2007 (Saskatchewan), an 11-7 career postseason record, and inheriting a 2-8 Eskimos team in 2010 that would post a record of 23-21 during his tenure in Edmonton. He was also Executive Director of the Senior Bowl, a showcase of the top graduating players from U.S. Collegiate football, from 1984 to 1992.
Austin added, “Eric, Drew and Shawn have helped form a high quality football operations staff with a balance of experience, knowledge, work ethic and an ability to thoroughly evaluate talent. Today’s announcement only strengthens that resolve, and further emphasizes our commitment to stability and continuity within our organization.”