The Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced Monday that Orlondo Steinauer has been named the 26th head coach in team history. June Jones will return to the football club next season as associate head coach and offensive coordinator.
“After working closely with Orlondo last season, it was obvious to me that he’s ready to take the next step in his career and become a head coach in the CFL,” said Jones. “He’s earned this opportunity and the time was now. I made a decision that in order to put our best foot forward and bring a Grey Cup championship back to Hamilton, we needed to keep him here and expand his role. Winning is the most important thing and I’m excited about our great opportunity for success in 2019 with Orlondo returning as head coach.”
Steinauer returned to the Tiger-Cats in 2018 as the team’s assistant head coach after one season as Fresno State’s defensive coordinator in 2017. He was part of the Bulldogs’ remarkable turnaround, posting a 10-4 record and winning the Hawaii Bowl over the University of Houston. Fresno State was just one year removed from a 1-11 record and became the second team in NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) history to go from double-digit losses one season to double-digit wins the next.