The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are excited to announce that the team has added Joe Paopao and Kani Kauahi to their coaching staff and has extended the contracts of Head Coach Greg Marshall and Defensive Co-ordinator Kavis Reed.
Paopao joins the Ticats as Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Co-ordinator while Kauahi becomes the Offensive Line Coach.
â€œGetting all the important pieces in place was something we wanted to do right away,â€? said General Manager Rob Katz. â€œWe wanted to give our coaching staff an entire off-season to work together toward next year. Our organization is extremely excited to add Joe and Kani to our team.â€?
Paopao spent the past four seasons as Head Coach of the Ottawa Renegades where he also served one season as the clubâ€™s Director of Football Operations (2004) and one season as the clubâ€™s General Manager (2005). Prior to joining the Renegades, Paopao held coaching positions with the B.C. Lions, Edmonton Eskimos, Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the XFLâ€™s San Francisco Demons.
The longtime Oceanside, California resident enjoyed an 11-year CFL career as quarterback before joining the coaching ranks. During his playing career, Paopao completed 1,721 of 3,008 pass attempts for 22,474 yards and 117 touchdowns with five teams.
â€œFrom a personal standpoint, I have a great deal of respect for these two coaches. Itâ€™s great to have both Joe and Kani join our staff,â€? said Marshall. â€œJoe brings a tremendous amount of CFL experience and has the admiration of everyone around the league. Kani is a veteran coach whose passion and insight will benefit our entire team, especially our offensive line.â€?
Kauahi joins the Ticats after a four-year stint with Paopao in Ottawa where he served as the Renegadesâ€™ Assistant Head Coach, Offensive Co-ordinator and Offensive Line Coach last season. The Hawaiian has previously held coaching positions with the B.C. Lions and the XFLâ€™s San Francisco Demons. Kauahi spent 10 seasons in the NFL as an offensive lineman and long snapper with four teams.
Marshall just completed his second year at the helm of the Ticats. In 2004, Marshall was named the CFLâ€™s Coach of the Year after leading Hamilton to their first playoff berth in three seasons. In 2004, Marshall became the first person to ever jump directly to the CFL from CIS football, where he compiled a 42-12-2 record as head coach of the McMaster University football team in seven seasons (1997-2003) while earning four Yates Cup victories, two OUA Coach of the Year awards and one CIS Coach of the Year award. Marshall also spent 13 seasons with the University of Western Ontario in various capacities after a notable playing career in which he earned the Hec Crighton Trophy with Western in 1980 before playing three seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos.
â€œWe started something two years ago that I fully intend to see through until the finish. Iâ€™m proud to be the head coach of the Tiger-Cats and I am pleased with the strides we have already made this year to improve ourselves,â€œ Marshall noted. â€œThe next couple of years are going to be very exciting and I am genuinely thrilled to be a part of that.â€?
Reed joined the Tiger-Cats as defensive co-ordinator in January of 2004 following two seasons with the Ottawa Renegades where he filled the role of Defensive Backs Coach. Reed spent the 2001 season with the Toronto Argonauts as their Defensive Backs Coach.
â€œKavis is certainly one of the leagueâ€™s brightest young coaches,â€? said Marshall. â€œHeâ€™s a talented defensive teacher. Weâ€™re glad he is returning in 2006.â€?
Reed joined the coaching ranks after an impressive career as a defensive back with the Edmonton Eskimos. During his four-year playing tenure, Reed recorded 205 defensive tackles and 20 interceptions in 67 games, earning recognition as a CFL All-Star and a West Division All-Star in 1997.
â€œContinuity and cohesiveness are the strengths of all great defensive units,â€? said Reed. â€œWe have started building a special group in Hamilton and we are only going to get better. I am very excited to be back in the mix and associated with what I believe to be a very talented defence.â€?