June stays on as AC and OC. Could move that should help ease the transition as a New HC
I almost always agree with the offseason decsions. This is a perfect scenario.
Who will be DC is my next question.
I give Jones a ton of credit for agreeing (perhaps offering) to this plan. Hopefully this keeps some continuity and allows a succession plan for Coach O. Lots of pressure on both of them as the expectations don’t get any lower.
Makes sense, and if Jones is not working out in the futureI am sure Head Coach O would have the power to pull the trigger.
I would think this is a 1 year agreement and June will step away. But of course its quite early.
Great news for new HC O; but I don’t understand why Jones is still “OC” when his play calling is one of his main problems.
I am confused…My big problem with coach Jones was on the offensive side…now he has it full time? Well the time clock management will improve. Have to hand it to Jones for thinking of the team first and going along with the change…good luck to all.
Alleluhia! There is a god that listens!
Only problem is that there will still be some hair-brain calls that hopefully Orlondo will intercept!
Orlondo Steinauer named 26th Head Coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats
June Jones to serve as associate head coach and offensive coordinator
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.
“I want to thank June Jones and the entire Tiger-Cats organization for this opportunity, and believing in me as a man and a football coach,? said Steinauer. “I look forward to building a sustainable model of winning throughout the organization, while in pursuit of winning multiple Grey Cups.?
Steinauer had previously served four years on Kent Austin’s coaching staff in Hamilton (2013-16), originally joining the organization as defensive coordinator on January 3, 2013, before being promoted to assistant head coach and defensive coordinator on May 27, 2016. The Seattle, Washington native’s defensive units helped lead the Ticats to two Grey Cup appearances (2013, 2014), consistently ranked at or near the top of the league in numerous defensive categories, and produced multiple CFL All-Stars, including Ted Laurent (2014, 2015), Delvin Breaux (2014), Simoni Lawrence (2015), Emanuel Davis (2015), Craig Butler (2015) and John Chick (2016).
Steinauer’s 11-year coaching career also includes stops with the Toronto Argonauts (2010-12) and Western Washington University (1996-98) when he was still an active player. As a player, he captured two Grey Cup rings in 13 CFL seasons as a dominant defensive back with the Ottawa Rough Riders (1996), Tiger-Cats (1997-2000) and Argonauts (2001-08). He was named an all-star at three different positions (cornerback, halfback and safety), earning six divisional all-star nods and five CFL all-Star honours in total. His 1,178 interception return yards are the second most in CFL history.
Orlondo is a defensive specialist with great success. I don’t see why he wouldn’t take over the DC duties as well. Hamilton at the very least next season should have a formidable smashmouth defense.
Very good news, an excellent plan. I give great credit to June Jones for showing much class by stepping aside to facilitate this move, while staying on in Hamilton. He’s proven himself to be selfless already, so this doesn’t surprise me.
Coach O is highly regarded and I think was in strong demand elsewhere. I think they’re both very good people and we’ll be in good hands going forward.
This HAS to be the last flip-flop move this organization makes. We need stability. Its time for patience and to let the man have his vision. If the organization believes he is “the guy” then he needs at least 4-5 years before we even discuss a move.
The only reason I wanted June out is because he was never our long term answer, now we have it. He will make mistakes and we as a fanbase has to live with it for the time being. I know I wont be as hard on him as I was June.
Once again June deserves the credit here, and I don’t think anyone has ever questioned what kind of man June is.
Hard to believe some fans are complaining that Jones doesn’t know what he’s doing as an OC.
When Banks, Saunders and the rest of our receivers were healthy, no one could stop us.
By allowing Coach O to be HC, June Jones put the team, and not himself, first. He is all about winning, and whatever we have to do to win.
That’s debatable. The Riders and Chris Jones had the Cat’s offence completely neutered. Same with Calgary and Ottawa for the most part.
All this being done , IMO , I have this gut feeling that this move may bring back free agents because they liked playing for, June Jones and Orlando Steinauer , and the feeling of having some unfinished business.
Best case scenario, Keeps Orlondo, who will probably end up as VP after 10 years
and keep June Jones to run the Offence.
Seems like it should be a seamless transition.
Extremely classy move by June Jones, putting the TEAM first in his decision.
There was nothing wrong with Jone’s offense. It was 1 of the top in the league. His problem was not knowing the CFL, and thereby calling some plays that would be questionable. Time management is 1 of those quirks.
With O as H/C, he will have the final say - take a 3rd down gamble on the 1 yard line, vs. opting for a field goal, and things of that nature.
I still think we need a dedicated D/C. O can’t do 2 jobs - it is too much.
We will see…
Not to mention, when we had them all out we were still a tough team to stop.
We put up 27 points against Ottawa and lost the eastern final. Stamps put up 27 vs Ottawa and won the cup.