The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have announced that they have decided to adjust their football operations staff. Those adjustments include Orlondo Steinauer vacating the head coach position and focusing on fulfilling his duties as the President of Football Operations. It was also announced that Ed Hervey would become the general manager for the Tiger-Cats. Hervey brings a wealth of successful experience, including serving as Edmonton’s general manager when they won the Grey Cup in 2015. Included in these changes is a new head coach and the announcement released by the Tiger-Cats mentioned that a new head coach would be named later this week.
These changes in the football operations and coaching staff have been rumored since the end of the 2023 CFL season. In a press conference after the announcement, Steinauer stated, “Now is the time for me to concentrate on my responsibilities as President of Football Operations and help the incredible people who work here every day as we strive for championships.” He has served two stints with the Tiger-Cats, from 2013 until 2016 as an assistant coach and from 2018 until 2023 as the head coach.
Orlondo Steinauer’s Recent History With Hamilton
During the 2019 season, Steinauer was named the head coach of the Tiger-Cats and led the team to 15 regular season wins, which set a record for wins as a rookie head coach in the CFL. Steinauer’s tenure as head coach had 39 wins and 29 losses. Hamilton played for the Grey Cup in 2019 and 2021, and the Tiger-Cats qualified for the playoffs for all four seasons that Steinauer served as the head coach. During the 2022 and 2023 seasons, the Tiger-Cats faced numerous challenges and posted back-to-back 8-win seasons, losing in the playoffs in Montreal both seasons.
Ed Hervey Is Promoted To General Manager
Along with the announcement that Steinauer would vacate the head coach position, the Tiger-Cats also announced Ed Hervey as the new general manager for the Tiger-Cats. Hervey said he was excited about the opportunity, “This is an incredible organization with a high-quality football operations department full of talented, hardworking people. I’m excited for the opportunity to continue to work with each of them.” Hervey steps into his new role with a wealth of successful experience as a general manager in the CFL.
Previously, Hervey served as the general manager for Edmonton from 2013 until 2016. During the 2015 season, Edmonton won the Grey Cup under his guidance. He also served as the director general for the BC Lions from 2018 until 2019. Hervey brings fourteen years of CFL front office experience to his new position.
In December 2021, Hervey joined the Tiger-Cats organization as the Assistant General Manager and Senior Assistant to the President of Football Operations. Hervey also excelled as a player in the CFL from 1999 until 2006, with Edmonton winning Grey Cup championships in 2003 and 2005. He also joined the Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl championship-winning team in 2006.
Who Will Be The Next Head Coach?
While the Tiger-Cats chose not to announce a new head coach, there have been rumors about who the next head coach will be for Hamilton. The most popular prediction for the Tiger-Cat’s next head coach is current offensive coordinator Scott Milanovich; Milanovich has previous CFL head coaching experience, helping the Toronto Argonauts win the Grey Cup during the 2012 season.
There have also been rumors, including June Jones’s interest as an offensive coordinator for the Tiger-Cats. Jones had been the head coach of the Tiger-Cats before Orlondo Steinauer stepped in to lead the Tiger-Cats. Khari Jones’s name has also been rumored to be a candidate for a return to Hamilton, potentially as the offensive coordinator.
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