Former Ticats coach Jeff Reinebold joins B.C. Lions

Jeff Reinebold has joined the B.C. Lions as special teams coordinator after multiple CFL teams – including the Hamilton Tiger-Cats – inquired about his services.

Reinebold spent four seasons in the same role under former Ticats head coach Kent Austin but moved to defensive coordinator for the 2017 season. He was relieved of his duties with the team at 0-6 and the defence last in several statistical categories. Austin said he was offered another job with the club, he left the team for the remainder of the year.

But the 60-year-old Reinebold has a close relationship with current Hamilton head coach June Jones, who took over for Austin at the end of August and led the team to a 6-4 record before signing a three-year contract extension earlier this month. Reinebold was on staff with Jones at both SMU and Hawaii.

Multiple sources said the Ticats were interested in bringing Reinebold back.

Following his departure last summer, Reinebold raised the issue of “disloyalty” on his NFL-themed podcast for UK-based SkySports after being let go and also spent several days driving former Ticat John Chick’s belongings across the country after he was traded from Hamilton to Edmonton. He is currently working as an analyst for Sky during the NFL season, as he has done for the last several years.

Reinebold was largely successful as the special teams coordinator in Hamilton, cooking up an array of blocks, rules-oriented gadget plays and helping facilitate the success of return man Brandon Banks, who was twice named the East Division’s Most Outstanding Special Teams player.

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Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.
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32 Comments on Former Ticats coach Jeff Reinebold joins B.C. Lions

  1. eddy rayner // December 19, 2017 at 2:52 pm //

    Solid pick-up for the Lions. This is what Jeff does best!

  2. Obviously Reinhold didn’t appear to want to comeback to Hamilton. After the way he was treated here, the defense’s record was atrocious, too many points given up the first 7-8 game. Can you really blame him for not wanting to return? Anyway B.C. picked up a great STC. Is this on Kent Austin again? Reinhold did work with June Junes. Let’s just get the QB quandary settled first.

  3. He is well liked by his players he will attract some quality guys to the lions

  4. He wasn’t going to come back here as long as Austin was still around (i.e. see also Condell, Steinhauer).

    Did Ticats “inquire about his services” or did they make an offer? Was he still under contract with the Ticats? It would be nice to know how long his deal with BC is for.

    How about some details please, Drew?

  5. Bob young and Scott Mitchell better look long and hard in the mirror and ask themselves if Austin is a virus on the organization . If Reinbold being close to jj does not want to come back to the cats then there could be a problem with Austin still on this organization ..interesting…

    • On the flip side, Reinebold claims Jones asked him to stay while also commenting that he personally could not stick with a team that fired him.

      Others such as Trestman and Glanville supposedly told him to move on to figure out where he wanted to go and that sticking with the firing team was not good.

  6. love how all you experts seem to know exactly what went on between Jeff and Kent. It’s all behind closed doors. Jeff is good friends with new coach Jones. We have no idea if the Cats made him an offer and if they did maybe BC’s was better or Jeff wanted a change. Stop making things up about him, Tommy or Orlando! Jeff needed to be released form his defensive duties in Hamilton he was way in over his head but yet Kent gave him that opportunity.

    • Sea of Dead // December 19, 2017 at 6:28 pm //

      A typical comment from the historian who just can’t let KA go … because you just never know, there could be another GC appearance in him … just you wait, eh! Give it up already! Hoping a US college team takes him off our hands and the sooner the better.

      • There’s about as much a GC appearance for Austin in Hamilton as there is for the 1.5 m dollar man…which is nada. But hey man, let the dreamers dream…LOL!

  7. Hey garney we all put in our personal input . We could be on to something we could be way out to lunch but everyone who contributes there thoughts is the reason why 3downnation is a great site and fun to read so relax no one is making up stories up we just comment on the stories we are given!

    • Randy. But you can’t have it both ways. Reinbolt was a disaster as a DC. So it was a good thing to fire him. Right??? But losing him is Austin’s fault and Austin hurt the team. Right??? So which is it???

    • Exactly. It’s about having an OPINION. Last time I looked there still exists a parchment paper sitting in Ottawa archives signed in 1982 by Justin’s dad allowing us fine citizens of Canada to do just that. If people have issues with someone having an OPINION then they should go move to some communist bloc.

  8. Carrie Cueto // December 19, 2017 at 5:13 pm //

    We need Mr. Bruno back.

    • One of my fav TC coaches. What he did in 1986 was incredible. Players would go through the wall for him (kind of like JJ). Unfortunately he passed in 2014. RIP.

  9. BC is a perfect fit for Jeff. He’s from Hawaii and a trip home just got 6 hours shorter. I personally loved the way he coached the Ticats Special Teams unit but, given a choice of living in Vancouver or The Hammer, can’t say as I blame the guy.

  10. Good for Jeff! Class guy. Hope he does well and brings fans into the Lions’ den.

  11. Sad day for Cat fans,Coach Reinebold was a very good special teams coach a good dude and well like by Hamilton players and Jones yet not with Cats anymore hard to believe if albatross Austin was not in the picture things might have worked out better and Coach Jeff would be back with Cats and June Jones.


  12. Good move by Reinebold in landing with the Lions. A new fresh challenge with BC to help Wally go out on a winning note in 2018. One never knows if he and the Lions have a great season he might be the next HC of the Lions starting in 2019.

    • No…PLEASE, not HC. I like him as STC but not as DC, OC or HC.
      He reminds me of Chapdelaine, Stubler and Beneveides that way. I thought all 3 were great at their coordinator jobs, the best in the business in fact but that does not make one a good Head Coach.

  13. Lol..all the above

  14. Dundas dude // December 19, 2017 at 10:42 pm //

    A class guy. Kent Austin is a class guy too. Hope the Cats win the Cup in ‘18. Not long ‘til Spring.

  15. Shorter flight home for him 🙂

  16. AL, passed on a few years ago..God bless. But he kept vets to long, Past there
    prime.But they all loved him.

    • Irony is he didn’t really want to be HC as he was content as Director of Player Personnel for the TC’s but was pressed into service when Riley got the boot. Finest hour for me was the 2 game EF win against the hated Argos…even more so than the GC. Still picture the look of disbelief on then Argo coach OB’s face after they blew a 26 point handicap…LOL!

    • kwitcherbitchin // December 20, 2017 at 2:19 pm //

      Past THERE prime?? Where is there?

  17. Very good move for BC. Wally will have to accept trick plays though…

  18. Good for Jeff. He and coach Marshall were the friendliest coaches we’ve had!

  19. dangerdan21 // December 20, 2017 at 11:39 am //

    No one will come here or Resign cause Kent is still In Charge ..
    they’re just shuffling the Deck chairs on the Titanic

  20. I wonder if he will continue to be a commentator on SKY Sports for UK broadcasts of NFL games? He’s been doing it for years while working in Hamilton, but the flight from BC to the UK is a lot longer.

  21. Reinebold was not in over his head with the D. He has had higher responsibilities in his past. His D could not compete because the O was constantly messing up. Austin refused to see that Collarus was playing scared – playing not to get injured – had lost his needed edge. The logical thing would have been to fire Austin period. That he in actually fired himself as Coach but kept himself in management shows the team is still dysfunctionall. When Austin talks it just seems like bizarre football world.

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