The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are mourning the loss of former head coach Al Bruno, who passed away last night at the age of 87.
From 1983 to 1990, Bruno served as head coach of the Black and Gold, leading the Ticats to a 55-56-3 record and four Grey Cup appearances. In 1986, Bruno guided Hamilton to their 14th Grey Cup championship and was awarded the Annis Stukus Trophy as the CFL Coach of the Year.
During his lengthy career in football, which included coaching stops with the Ottawa Rough Riders, Harvard and McMaster, Bruno was also an assistant coach (1968-70) and director of player personnel (1968-70) with the Ticats. He also spent five seasons in the CFL as a player with the Toronto Argonauts (1952-54), Ottawa Rough Riders (1954) and Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1955-56).