My All-Time Ticat Head Coach Record List, V. 10 (1950-2016)

Updated 6.25.17

My All-Time Ticat Head Coach Record List has been updated to reflect the start of the 2017 CFL season for Hamilton today.

This is my comprehensive all-time Tiger-Cat Coaching List from the 1950 merger to 2017. It is the tenth installment of this list.

My initial number-crunching efforts in assembling this list was listed at http://www.ticats.ca/index.php?name=PNp ... ic&t=14287 .

The coaching records for each head coach are first broken down chronologically, then the coaches are ranked at the bottom of this list.

The records are broken down per season in this way:
(regular season record) / (playoff record) / GC (Grey Cup if any).

The rationale behind the rankings will be explained in that section.

Russ Harrison

The List:

Carl Voyles (1950-1955)
OVERALL: 54-36-1 (.599)

Regular Season: 48-27-1 (.638)
Playoffs: 6-9 (.400)
1 Grey Cup (1953)

1950 7-5 / 1-1
1951 7-5 / 1-3
1952 9-2-1 / 1-2
1953 8-6 / 3-0 -- GC
1954 9-5 / 0-2
1955 8-4 / 0-1

Voyles was replaced after the 1955 season.

Jim Trimble (1956-1962)
OVERALL: 70-44-2 (.612)

Regular Season: 60-36-2 (.622)
Playoffs: 10-8 (.556)
4 Grey Cup defeats (1958, 1959, 1961,
1962)
1 Grey Cup (1957)

1956 7-7 / 1-2
1957 10-4 / 3-0 - GC
1958 10-3-1 / 2-1
1959 10-4 / 1-2
1960 4-10
1961 10-4 / 1-2
1962 9-4-1 / 2-1

Trimble left the Cats to coach Montreal following the 1962 season. CFL Coach of the Year in 1961 (first winner).

Ralph Sazio (1963-1967)
OVERALL: 60-24-1 (.712)

Regular Season: 49-20-1 (.707)
Playoffs: 11-4 (.733)
1 Grey Cup defeat (1964)
3 Grey Cups (1963, 1965, 1967)

The gold standard for Cats coaches. Period.

1963 10-4 / 2-1 -- GC
1964 10-3-1 / 2-1
1965 10-4 / 3-0 -- GC
1966 9-5 / 1-2
1967 10-4 / 3-0 -- GC

Sazio retired to the front office following the 1967 Grey Cup win. CFL Coach of the Year in 1964.

Joe Restic (1968-1970)
OVERALL: 22-21-3 (.511)

Regular Season: 22-17-3 (.560)
Playoffs 0-4 (.000)

1968: 6-7-1 / 0-1
1969: 8-5-1 / 0-1
1970 8-5-1 / 0-2

Replaced Ralph Sazio for the start of the 1968 season following Sazio's retirement from coaching. Restic was replaced by Al Dorow following the 17970 season.

Al Dorow (1971)
OVERALL: 8-8-1 (.500)

Regular Season: 7-7 (.500)
Playoffs: 1-1-1 (.500)

1971 7-7 / 0-1

Dorow took over from Joe Restic to begin the 1971 season. He was replaced by Jerry Williams after one season. The playoff tie was during a 2-game, total point East final with Toronto, won by the Argos.

Jerry Williams (1972-1975)
OVERALL: 32-32-1 (.500)

Regular Season: 30-29-1 (.508)
Playoffs: 2-3 (.400)
1 Grey Cup (1972)

1972: 11-3 / 2-1 -- GC
1973 7-7
1974 7-9 / 0-1
1975 5-10-1 / 0-1

Williams was fired following the 1975 season. He was replaced by George Dickson.

George Dickson (1976)
OVERALL: 0-2 (.000)

1976 0-2

Dickson was hired to replace Jerry Williams for the start of the 1976 season. He was fired after the second game and was replaced by GM Bob Shaw.

Bob Shaw (1976-1977)
OVERALL: 14-18 (.438)

Regular Season: 13-17 (.433)
Playoffs: 0-1 (.000)

1976 8-6 / 1-1
1977 5-11

Shaw replaced George Dickson after two games during the 1976 season, winning CFL Coach of the Year honours.. He was replaced by Tom Dimitroff as coach after the 1977 season.

Tom Dimitroff (1978)
OVERALL: 1-3-1 (.300)

1978 1-3-1

Dimitroff lasted five games in 1978. He was fired and then replaced by John Payne.

John Payne (1978-1980)
OVERALL: 19-27-1 (.415)

Regular Season: 18-24-1 (.430)
Playoffs: 1-3 (.250)
1 Grey Cup defeat (1980)

1978 4-7 / 0-1
1979 6-10 / 0-1
1980 8-7-1 / 1-1

Replaced Tom Dimitroff as coach during the 1978.season. Lost the 1980 Grey Cup final to Edmonton 48-10 in Toronto and was subsequently replaced by Frank Kush.

Frank Kush (1981)
OVERALL: 11-5-1 (.676)

Regular Season: 11-4-1 (.719)
Playoffs: 0-1 (.000)

1981 11-4-1 / 0-1

Replaced John Payne following the 1980 season. Left for the Indianapolis Colts HC position after one year with the Cats.

Bud Riley (1982-1983)
OVERALL: 12-16-1 (.431)

Regular Season: 12-15-1 (.446)
Playoffs: 0-1 (.000)

1982 8-7-1 / 0-1
1983 4-8

Riley took over after Kush vacated the post at the end of the 1981 season. He was replaced by Al Bruno during the 1983 season.

Al Bruno (1983-1990)
OVERALL: 62-63-3 (.484)

Regular Season: 55-56-3 (.482)
Playoffs: 7-7 (.500)
3 Grey Cup defeats: (1984, 1985, 1989)
1 Grey Cup (1986)

1983 1-2-1 / 1-1
1984 6-9-1 / 2-1
1985 8-8 / 1-1
1986 9-8-1 / 2-1 -- GC
1987 6-6* / 0-1
1988 9-9 / 0-1
1989 12-6 / 1-1
1990 4-8

Bruno replaced Bud Riley late in 1983. He was fired during the 1990 season. Ted Schmitz replaced Bruno on an interim basis for the last six games of the 1987 season, going 1-5. Bruno came back to coach for the playoff game, which the Cats lost. He was CFL Coach of the Year in 1986.

Ted Schmitz (1987 interim)
OVERALL: 1-5 (.200
)

1987 1-5

Subbed for Al Bruno in 1987 while he was recovering from a mild heart attack.

David Beckman (1990-1991)
OVERALL 2-12 (.143)

1990 2-4
1991 0-8

Replaced Al Bruno during the 1991 campaign and was fired during the 1992 one, replaced by John Gregory.

John Gregory (1991-1994)
OVERALL: 23-33 (.411)

Regular Season: 21-31 (.437)
Playoffs: 2-2 (.500)

1991 3-7
1992 11-7 / 1-1
1993 6-12 / 1-1
1994 1-5

Replaced David Beckman during the 1991 campaign. Gregory was fired during the 1994 season, replaced by Don Sutherin.

Don Sutherin (1994-1997)
OVERALL: 20-37 (.351)

Regular Season: 20-35 (.364)
Playoffs: 0-2 (.000)

1994 3-9
1995 8-10 / 0-1
1996 8-10 / 0-1
1997 1-6

Replaced John Gregory during the 1994 season. Fired during the 1997 season, replaced by Urban Bowman. The team finished 2-16 that year.

Urban Bowman (1997)
OVERALL: 1-10 (.111)

1997 1-10

Replaced Don Sutherin during the 1997 season.

Ron Lancaster (1998-2003, 2006 interim)
OVERALL: 60-69-1 (.465)

Regular Season: 55-66-1 (.455)
Playoffs: 5-3 (.625)
1 Grey Cup defeat: (1998)
1 Grey Cup (1999)

1998 12-5-1 / 1-1
1999 11-7 / 3-0 -- GC
2000 9-9** / 0-1
2001 11-7 / 1-1
2002 7-11
2003 1-17
2006 4- 10

**- two points were awarded to the Cats in 2000 for overtime losses

Lancaster resigned following the 2003 season. He took over from Greg Marshall on an interim basis in 2006. CFL Coach of the Year in 1998.

Greg Marshall (2004-2006)
OVERALL: 14-26-1 (.341)

Regular Season: 14-25-1 (.363)
Playoffs: 0-1 (.000)

2004 9-8-1 / 0-1
2005 5-13
2006 0-4

Took over from Ron Lancaster beginning in 2004. Replaced by Lancaster following a 0-4 start last year (2006). CFL Coach of the Year in 2004.

Charlie Taaffe (2007-2008)
OVERALL: 5-23 (.179)

Regular Season: 5-23 (.179)
Playoffs: 0-0

2007 3-15
2008 2-8

Hired as replacement to interim coach Ron Lancaster beginning in 2007. Fired ten games into the 2008 season.

Marcel Bellefeuille (2008-2011)
OVERALL: 28-38 (.438)

Regular Season: 27-35 (.435)
Playoffs: 1-3 (.250)

2008 1-7
2009 9-9 / 0-1
2010 9-9 / 0-1
2011 8-10 / 1-1

Hired on an interim basis to replace the fired Charlie Taaffe. Bellefeuille was named the permanent replacement to Taaffe on October 27, 2008. He was fired on November 30, 2011.

George Cortez (2012)
OVERALL: 6-12 (.333)

Regular Season: 6-12 (.333)
Playoffs: ----

2012 6-12

Hired on January 7, 2012 to replace the fired Marcel Bellefeuille. He was fired on December 11, 2012.

Kent Austin (2013 -present)
OVERALL: 40-40 (.500)

Regular Season: 36-36 (.500)
Playoffs: 4-4 (.500)
2 Grey Cup defeats (2013, 2014)

2013 10-8 / 2-1
2014 9-9 / 1-1
2015 10-8 /1-1
2016 7-11 / 0-1
Kent Austin was named the Tiger-Cats Head Coach, General Manager and Vice President of Football Operations on December 17, 2012, replacing George Cortez as head coach.

Please note that in some years, there were two-game, total point rounds to determine winners in the Eastern playoffs -- including two 2-game/total-point affairs for the 1951 semis and final. This explains years where the Cats suffered multiple defeats in the playoffs.

All-time Tiger-Cat Coaching Rankings

I have ranked the Tiger-Cat head coaches using the following criteria:
a) Grey Cup victories
b) Overall winning percentage
I have avoided any intangible considerations in this list. I am dealing strictly with all-time records using the criteria above.

Group A – Grey Cup Champions

  1. Ralph Sazio (1963-1967) OVERALL: 60-24-1 (.712) 3 Grey Cups

  2. Jim Trimble (1956-1962) OVERALL: 70-44-2 (.612) 1 Grey Cup

  3. Carl Voyles (1950-1955) OVERALL: 54-36-1 (.599) 1 Grey Cup

  4. Jerry Williams (1972-1975) OVERALL: 32-32-1 (.500) 1 Grey Cup

  5. Al Bruno (1983-1990) OVERALL: 62-63-3 (.484) ) 1 Grey Cup

  6. Ron Lancaster (1998-2003, 2006) OVERALL: 60-69-1 (.465) 1 Grey Cup

Group B – Non-Grey Cup Champion Coaches

  1. Frank Kush (1981) OVERALL: 11-5-1 (.676)

8> Joe Restic (1968-1970) OVERALL: 22-21-3 (.511)

  1. Kent Austin (2013 -present) OVERALL: 40-40 (.500)

  2. Al Dorow (1971) OVERALL: 8-8-1 (.500)

  3. Marcel Bellefeuille (2008-2012) OVERALL: 28-38 (.438)

  4. Bob Shaw (1976-1977) OVERALL 14-18 (.438)

  5. Bud Riley (1982-1983) OVERALL: 12-16-1 (.431)

  6. John Payne (1978-1980) OVERALL: 19-27-1 (.415)

  7. John Gregory (1991-1994) OVERALL: 23-33 (.411)

  8. Don Sutherin (1994-1997) OVERALL: 20-37 (.351)

  9. Greg Marshall (2004-2006) OVERALL: 14-26-1 (.341)

  10. George Cortez (2012) OVERALL: 6-12 (.333)

19> Tom Dimitroff (1978) OVERALL: 1-3-1 (.300)

  1. Ted Schmitz (1987 interim) OVERALL: 1-5 (.200)

  2. Charlie Taaffe (2007-2008) OVERALL: 5-23 (.179)

  3. David Beckman (1990-1991) OVERALL 2-12 (.143)

  4. Urban Bowman (1997) OVERALL: 1-10 (.111)

  5. George Dickson (1976) OVERALL: 0-2 (.000)

I hope this little primer will add to the "best ever" debates on the site. Trimble had the most wins with 70, but Sazio wins hands-down in terms of winning percentage and number of championships.

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