One day after the Tiger-Cats announced that Orlondo Steinauer vacated his head coach position to focus on his role as the President of Football Operations, Hamilton announced their new head coach. As many expected, Hamilton promoted Scott Milanovich to the head coach role for the Tiger-Cats. Milanovich’s journey to this new head coach position in the CFL is another part of a long journey during his career in professional football.
Milanovich is officially the 27th head coach in the history of the Tiger-Cats franchise. As the new Head Coach, Milanovich hopes to build on the relationships he has already established within the Tiger-Cats organization. After being introduced to the head coach in a press conference, Milanovich stated, “There is an outstanding foundation in place, and I am excited to get to work and bring a championship to Hamilton.”
One day after being named the new General Manager of the Tiger-Cats, Ed Hervey welcomed the new head coach to his new role with Hamilton. Hervey said, “Scott is a proven winner who brings a tremendous pedigree to our organization.” That pedigree includes multiple coaching stints in the NFL and several previous head coach positions in the CFL. Milanovich’s CFL experience includes three Grey Cup championships in 2009 and 2010 as the Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator for the Montreal Alouettes and in 2012 as the Head Coach of the Toronto Argonauts.
Next Step In A Transfer Of Power
Before the 2023 season, the Tiger-Cats added Milanovich as a Senior Assistant Coach to the Tiger-Cats football staff. Many predicted that Milanovich would be added to the Tiger-Cats staff to replace offensive coordinator Tommy Condell if Hamilton struggled on offence to start the season. That prediction became reality after the Tiger-Cats started the season with a 3-6 record. After naming Milanovich as the offensive coordinator, the Tiger-Cats showed improvement on offence, and Hamilton showed enough improvement to earn a playoff spot.
Add Milanovich to the coaching staff and give him more input and influence over the Tiger-Cats team. Naming Milanovich as the head coach is the next step in a series of decisions that allows him to be in a position to lead the Tiger-Cats organization. Milanovich stated during the press conference that he expects Hamilton to play at a championship level despite roughly thirty players from the 2023 team expected to become free agents.
More Personnel Decisions For The Tiger-Cats
Now that the new head coach for the Tiger-Cats is officially in, the work begins for Milanovich to build a championship team. Some decisions following Milanovich’s promotion include filling the offensive coordinator position, other potential coaching staff changes, and clarifying the quarterback position for the Tiger-Cats. When asked about his plan for the future personnel decisions Milanovich, his response to all questions was that those decisions would determined during the next few weeks. Those decisions will go along to establish the culture that Milanovich intends to set as the Head Coach of the Tiger-Cats.
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