Defensive Backs Coach
William Fields was named Defensive Backs Coach of the Tiger-Cats on March 1, 2018, and is responsible for the cornerbacks and halfbacks in the secondary. He originally joined the organization as Defensive and Special Teams Assistant on February 9, 2017.
In his first season as Defensive Backs Coach, Delvin Breaux earned East Division and CFL All-Star honours, while Cariel Brooks emerged as an East Division All-Star for the first time in his career.
Fields, who will enter his fifth season as a coach in the CFL in 2019, served as Assistant Defensive Backs and Defensive Quality Control Coach with the Montreal Alouettes last season after spending 2015 with the B.C. Lions in the same role. He also served as Defensive Backs Coach at Simon Fraser University in 2014 after making his coaching debut at Cypress Christian High School in Houston, Texas, where he was also Defensive Backs Coach from 2010 to 2013.
The McKeensport, Pennsylvania native had a six-year playing career in the CFL with the Calgary Stampeders (2001-04) and Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2005-06), accumulating 223 defensive tackles and 13 interceptions in 87 career games. Fields, a University of Houston product, won the Grey Cup in 2001 at Olympic Stadium in Montreal as a member of the Stampeders.
FIELDS’ COACHING HISTORY
|2018||Defensive Backs Coach||Hamilton Tiger-Cats|
|2017||Defensive & Special Teams Assistant||Hamilton Tiger-Cats|
|2016||Assistant Defensive Backs & Defensive Quality Control Coach||Montreal Alouettes|
|2015||Assistant Defensive Backs & Defensive Quality Control Coach||B.C. Lions|
|2014||Defensive Backs Coach||Simon Fraser University|
|2010-13||Defensive Backs Coach||Cypress Christian High School|