My all-time Tiger-Cat coaches list (1950-2006)

This is my comprehensive all-time Tiger-Cat Coaching List from the 1950 merger to 2006 (present).

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

The coaching records for each head coach are first broken down chronlogically, 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 John Payne 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: 62-62-4 (.500)

Regular Season: 55-55-4 (.500)
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 12-5-1 / 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.

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

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

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

  3. Al Bruno (1983-1990) OVERALL: 62-62-4 (.500) 1 Grey Cup

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

  5. 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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  2. 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.

Oski Wee Wee,

Thanks for your efforts in compiling this chronological listing of Ticat coaches and the comparison of their records, oski oui oui. It will be interesting to see how the record of new Ticat head coach Charlie Taaffe will compare with his predecessors over time.

You're welcome, TCTD. Now it will be a case of adding to this list year-to-year -- that will be a heck of a lot less time consuming... :wink: LOL

It is the type of arithmetic I like to do, besides. :smiley:

Oski Wee Wee,

Nice job on that.You know that would make a good picture for for the sports room.
Think of it Ivor wynne in the back ground with all those names over it.Gold lettering..
If you make a fortune off that idea dont forget who suggested it.
No just kidding,thanks for the info,you did a pretty good job......

Good Job.

Restic went on to be a coaching legend in the Ivy League after 1970.

My final update: added Coach of the Year citations for Trimble, Sazio, Bruno, and Lancaster.

Annis Stukus CFL Coach of the Year Award winners from 1961 to 2002 are listed at http://www.rauzulusstreet.com/football/ ... lcoach.htm .

Oski Wee Wee,

Just one change in there Russ. Tom Dimitroff was the head coach to start the 1978 season,lasting five games, with a 1-win 3-losses 1-tie record. John Payne took over starting with the sixth game that year.

Thanks MP! I have made the fix to the list, adding Dimitroff's record and adjusting both Payne's records and ranking to reflect the alterations to the totals.

I was not sure about whether Dimitroff actually made it through the 1978 pre-season. There is no Internet reference that I could find to confirm Dimitroff was even a head coach for the Cats and both the team history page on ticats.ca and the 2000 Media Guide I consulted have nada on him as HC.

For that matter, George Dickson's firing isn't mentioned on the team history page either.

Perhaps Bob can see to it that the team history is updated a wee bit within the next calendar year -- or before the next Media Guide comes out of the changes noted above haven't been made yet. Publishing my list in whole or in part in an updated Media Guide would not be a problem for me.

Oski wee Wee,

Wow!This is great stuff. To quote Payton Manning, " You da Man!"
Pat Lynch (the old guy in section 7 )

Great job OSK-OUI-OUI

man we sure have had a lot of .500 and under coaches...not very many impressive statistics in the coaching category...but they are pretty interesting, thanks Oski-Oui-Oui! :thup:

Thanks Pat...you got me laughing with the Manning reference -- I love that commercial and the "Mustachioed Manning Incognito" Sprint cell ad. Too much...

Maybe he will finally be the man in February. We shall see! :smiley:

Oski Wee Wee,

There's a good SportsCenter commercial on ESPN (they're all good) with the Manning family getting a tour of the ESPN building. Payton and Eli are bringing up the rear, giving each other punches and wet willies.... so Archie looks back and them and scowls, and they point at each other like "it was him". Then they continue on the tour with some shoves and behind the back kicks in the ass....
ok, i guess you have to see it. it's probably on youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbA2BrgKgns

That one cuts off early. This is the whole thing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dgEFDPesM4

Hi folks,

One clarification regarding Tom Dimitroff needs to be made. There is some misinformation on the site about him. I received the following info from a fan in an e-mail tonight:

"Russ..... I am having trouble getting into my addres on TICATS.CA , but wish to let you know that in your past coaches thread, it was stated that Tom Dimitroff is a player personell scout with New England. The individual spoken of is Tom Dimitroff Jr, who played at the University of Guelph in the late 80's and early 90's. Tom Dimitroff Sr. coached the Ticats briefly, then coached at the U of Guelph for +/- 5 years. In 1993 he went back to the Cleveland Browns and scouted for them. He is since passed away, but his wife and daughter both still live in Ohio. Son Randy is located in Burlington with wife Val, and 2 children. Tommy Jr. lives in the New England area. Randy is a close friend, and I played for 1 year at the U of Guelph for Coach Dimitroff, the most influential coach I ever played for. For your information, and to help me live in the past, if only for a minute ......[name withheld]

Hope that clarifies that.

Oski Wee Wee,

Just curious to see if the Media Guide is going to be changed regarding the coaching history of the team as a result of this thread and our collective contributions thereof?

If not, maybe the team could ease into a editing project say for the 2009 Media Guide? :smiley: :smiley: :smiley: :wink:

The team's history page on the website could also incorporate some of the additional information provided by my research and the input of others in the amending of it....

Thanks again to all those who helped!

Oski Wee Wee,

what a Great Thread ..

That video reminds me too much
of the day job I did for years.

They missed the part when one kid
comes up behind a grade 9 kid

and shoves the kid's loose leaf binder
and text books out from under his arm

and then the wise guy howls in laughter,
with a chorus provided from other kids,

as they watch the poor kid's notes
and text books get trampled on.

Can you imagine how old it gets
watching a scene like that repeated

over and over again for over 30 years?