Defensive Coordinator

Phillip Lolley was promoted to Defensive Coordinator of the Tiger-Cats on August 8, 2017. He originally joined the organization as Defensive Run Game Coordinator and Linebackers Coach on February 9, 2017.

From Labour Day until the end of the season in 2017, the Tiger-Cats defence ranked first in rushing yards allowed per game (73.4), quarterback sacks (33), forced fumbles (13) and pass knock downs (38), and were second in interceptions (12) and net offence allowed per game (335.5 yards). Defensive end Adrian Tracy also posted a league-leading nine sacks and defensive back Richard Leonard was second in the CFL with five interceptions over that span.

Lolley has over three decades of coaching experience, most recently serving three seasons under Chris Jones in the CFL as Linebackers Coach for the Saskatchewan Roughriders (2016) and Edmonton Eskimos (2014-15). In 2015, Lolley helped the Eskimos win their first Grey Cup since 2005.

Prior to joining the CFL coaching ranks, Lolley spent 15 years at Auburn University (1999-2013) in various roles, including Director of Football External Relations (2012-13), Cornerbacks Coach (2009-11), Director of NFL Relations (2004-08), Linebackers and Defensive Backs Coach (2000-03), and Strength and Conditioning Coach (1999). Among his top pupils were Jim Thorpe Award winner Carlos Rogers and Junior Rosegreen, both Auburn All-Americans.

Lolley, a 22-year veteran high school coach in the state of Alabama, served as a head coach at three schools, including North Jackson (winning the 1993 4A state championship) from 1988 to 1998, South Choctaw Academy in 1977, and Warrior Academy in Eutaw from 1978 to 1982. He also served as Defensive Coordinator at Demopolis High School from 1982 to 1984 and as Head Coach at Stevenson High School from 1984 to 1987.

The Butler, Alabama native received a bachelor’s degree from Livingston College in 1977 and a master’s degree in 1981.



2017-Present Defensive Coordinator Hamilton Tiger-Cats
2017 Defensive Run Game Coordinator & Linebackers Coach Hamilton Tiger-Cats
2016 Linebackers Coach Saskatchewan Roughriders
2014-15 Linebackers Coach Edmonton Eskimos
2009-11 Cornerbacks Coach Auburn University
2000-03 Linebackers & Defensive Backs Coach Auburn University
1988-98 Head Coach North Jackson High School
1984-87 Head Coach Stevenson High School
1982-84 Defensive Coordinator Demopolis High School
1978-82 Head Coach Warrior Academy (HS)
1977 Head Coach South Choctaw Academy (HS)