Special Teams Coordinator
Jeff Reinebold was named Special Teams Coordinator of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats January 16, 2019.
Reinebold has nearly 40 years of coaching experience, including 16 seasons in the CFL and six with the Tiger-Cats (2013-17, 19).
In 2019, Reinebold led a Tiger-Cats special teams unit that ranked top-three in the CFL in numerous categories, including first in kick return touchdowns (5), big play returns (19) and opponent kick return touchdowns (0), second in kickoff return average (23.4 yards), opponent punt return average (9.1 yards) and opponent kick return average (20.1 yards), and third in net punting average (36.2 yards). Under Reinebold’s tutelage, kick returner Frankie Williams won the 2019 John Agro Award as the league’s Most Outstanding Special Teams Player and was a CFL All-Star, while placekicker Lirim Hajrullahu was named a divisional all-star for the second time in his career.
Reinebold returned to the Tiger-Cats after one season as Special Teams Coordinator for the BC Lions in 2018. That season, placekicker/punter Ty Long led the CFL in punting yards, punting average, net punting and was the Lions’ nominee for Most Outstanding Player as well as the West Division finalist for CFL Most Outstanding Special Teams Player.
Reinebold spent the previous five seasons with the Tiger-Cats (2013-17), joining the team as Special Teams Coordinator in 2013 before adding the role of Linebackers Coach in 2014, and ultimately serving as Defensive Coordinator for the first-half of 2017.
From 2013 to 2016 with the Tiger-Cats, Reinebold’s special teams and linebacking units had tremendous success both from an individual player and team perspective. Wide receiver and kick returner Brandon Banks was named a CFL All-Star twice (2014, 2015), an East Division All-Star in three consecutive seasons (2014-16), won the 2015 John Agro Award as the league’s Most Outstanding Special Teams Player and was the East Division’s finalist for CFL Most Outstanding Special Teams Player in 2016. Linebacker Simoni Lawrence was also named an East Division All-Star in three consecutive seasons (2014-16), and was named the East Division’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player and a CFL All-Star in 2015.
The Tiger-Cats led the CFL in special teams touchdowns in both 2015 and 2016. In 2015 specifically, Hamilton scored six touchdowns on special teams, including four punt return majors by Banks, and two additional touchdowns on a blocked punt and an onside punt recovery. Overall, the Tiger-Cats had six blocked kicks, while the rest of the league combined for just 12 in total. Banks also returned a missed single-point convert attempt for the first missed convert return score in the history of the CFL, and had two additional kick return touchdowns negated by penalties.
Prior to joining the Ticats, Reinebold served as Defensive Coordinator for the Montreal Alouettes in 2012.
Reinebold’s coaching experience in the CFL and NFL Europe is significant. He began his professional coaching career in 1991 with the B.C. Lions where he spent three seasons as Special Teams Coordinator, Wide Receivers & Defensive Line Coach. In 1994, Reinebold moved on to the expansion Las Vegas Posse as Special Teams Coordinator and Defensive Backs Coach. After the Posse folded in 1995, he remained in the CFL and joined the staff of the Edmonton Eskimos as Special Teams Coordinator and Wide Receivers Coach.
Reinebold would then join the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe later in 1995 for one season, before returning to the Lions in the CFL as their Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator in 1996. In 1997 and 1998, he would serve as Head Coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Reinebold then had another stint with the Fire in NFL Europe from 1999 to 2000, culminating in a World Bowl VII win. In 2001, Reinebold accepted a role as Special Teams Coordinator and Defensive Backs Coach with the Amsterdam Admirals where he would spend three seasons.
In 2003, Reinebold was hired as Special Teams Coordinator and Tight Ends Coach at Louisiana Tech University, before being appointed NFL Europe’s Senior Manager of International Player Development and a colour commentator on Sky Sports NFL telecasts from 2004-05.
Reinebold would then join Hawaii’s staff as their Defensive Line Coach for two seasons where he was part of UH’s 2006 Hawaii Bowl and 2007 Sugar Bowl teams. From 2008 to 2011, Reinebold served as Wide Receivers Coach at SMU where he tutored numerous future pros, including Emmanuel Sanders, a third-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010 and Superbowl Champion with the Denver Broncos in 2015.
The South Bend, Indiana, native began his coaching career as Wide Receivers Coach at Western Montana in 1981 and would later take positions at Dartmouth, Montana, Pennsylvania, Rocky Mountain College and New Mexico before making his CFL coaching debut.
Reinebold attended the University of Maine where he played defensive back for the Black Bears, earning three letters as a player before completing his degree from Indiana in 1981. He graduated cum laude with a B.S. in general studies.
REINEBOLD’S COACHING HISTORY
|2019-Present||Special Teams Coordinator||Hamilton Tiger-Cats|
|2018||Special Teams Coordinator||BC Lions|
|2017||Defensive Coordinator||Hamilton Tiger-Cats|
|2014-16||Special Teams Coordinator & Linebackers Coach||Hamilton Tiger-Cats|
|2013||Special Teams Coordinator||Hamilton Tiger-Cats|
|2012||Defensive Coordinator & Defensive Backs Coach||Montreal Alouettes|
|2008-11||Wide Receivers Coach||Southern Methodist University|
|2006-07||Defensive Line Coach||University of Hawaii|
|2003||Special Teams Coordinator & Tight Ends Coach||Louisiana Tech|
|2001-03||Special Teams Coach||Amsterdam Admirals|
|1999-2000||Linebackers Coach||Rhein Fire|
|1997-98||Head Coach||Winnipeg Blue Bombers|
|1996||Assistant Head Coach & Defensive Coordinator||B.C. Lions|
|1995||Secondary & Special Teams Coach||Rhein Fire|
|Special Teams & Linebackers Coach||Edmonton Eskimos|
|1994||Secondary & Special Teams Coach||Las Vegas Posse|
|1991-93||Special Teams Coordinator, WR & DL Coach||B.C. Lions|
|1990||Linebackers Coach||New Mexico|
|1989||Head Coach||Rocky Mountain College|
|1986-88||Defensive Backs Coach||Pennsylvania|
|1983-85||Running Backs Coach||Montana|
|1981||Wide Receivers Coach||Western Montana|