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Ticats Name Kent Austin Head Coach & GM

CFL.ca Staff

HAMILTON -- The Hamilton Tiger-Cats officially announced the hiring of Kent Austin as the club’s new General Manager and Head Coach. 

Austin, who left the Canadian Football League following the 2007 season to pursue a coaching opportunity at the University of Mississippi, returns after leading the Saskatchewan Roughriders to a Grey Cup in his first and only season as a head coach.

"We are extremely excited to announce Kent Austin as our lead football executive and head coach. Kent brings a combination of expertise and leadership with a track record of success that we feel makes him perfect fit for our organization. It’s a tremendous day in TigerTown,” said President Scott Mitchell.

He was most recently the head coach at Cornell University.

Last week, the Tiger-Cats made headlines after relieving George Cortez of his head coaching duties after one season and transitioning former General Manager Bob O’Billovich into a consulting role.

Austin, who is now one of only two in the league to take on the dual role of General Manager and Head Coach, started his coaching career in 2003 as the quarterbacks coach with the Ottawa Renegades following a stellar 8-year CFL career as a quarterback.

“I am honoured to join the Hamilton Tiger-Cats organization.  There are a lot of reasons to be excited about this opportunity, namely the strong ownership in place, a very passionate group of fans behind us and the chance for immediate success.  I can’t wait to begin working on our goal of bringing another Grey Cup championship to the city of Hamilton,” said Austin. 

Austin joined the Toronto Argonauts coaching staff in 2004 as an offensive coordinator, helping lead them to a Grey Cup that season and a first place finish the following year before being let go in the middle of the 2006 season.

In 2007, he joined the Riders, winning the CFL Coach of the Year following the Grey Cup win.

As a player, Austin passed for over 36,000 yards and one two Grey Cups – one with Saskatchewan (1989) and one with BC (1994).

More to come…

Fan Comments
this is a great move by the ticats..............and provides another reason why the als will be competing for 3rd spot in the east next year. And the good news is when the als lose als rule, disappears for a while, which will be a welcome event by all.
December 18, 2012 - 4:08pm
als rule
the only welcomed event on this site will be when AF4L31 hits the road JACK!! not saying it will ever happen but if it does montreal competing for a 3rd place spot in the east will always have the argos looking up at them from toronto's 4th place home in the east!! LOL LOL LOL
December 18, 2012 - 7:17pm
wow bold prediction like all of your WRONG predictions about what would happen in the playoffs this year.....too bad so sad, you will be competing with the bombers next year, and ottawa the year after.
December 18, 2012 - 10:57pm
als rule
TOO BAD SO SAD!! talk about a know nothing hogtowner!! GC to outhouse in 2013!! oh yeah baby!!
December 19, 2012 - 9:44am
als rule
what a disaster!! HOW LONG BEFORE HE SKIPS OUT ON HAMILTON? as TFmcb will say after winning the GC!! LOL LOL LOL
December 17, 2012 - 7:30pm
You have NO idea what I might say! I will reserve judgement on how well he might do until I see what staff he puts together, what hiring he does and which FAs he retains. He may be a good hire or he may be only mediocre but it's way too soon to tell.
December 18, 2012 - 12:11am
als rule
touchy touchy!! "you have no idea what I might say" want to bet?
December 18, 2012 - 8:11am
CFLer Forever
Wow...other teams had offered Kent Austin their head coaching job and he refused each and every offer so why did he accept Hamilton's? This is good for the league bring one of our own back. Can he make Hamilton in a Grey Cup contender?
December 17, 2012 - 7:18pm
als rule
gets full control of everything just like huffy in calgary!!
December 18, 2012 - 8:15am
Austin certainly has had success with other CFL teams but it remains to be seen if he can fix the Ticats defense, continue to bring a high level of production from the offense and juggle the new duties of GM as well. Certainly the team needs some stability and an end to constant coaching and player personnel change every year. Maybe KA can bring that.
December 17, 2012 - 4:31pm
als rule
"other CFL teams" what? name them other then saskatchewan? LOL LOL LOL end the year like you started the year!! WRONG as usual!!
December 18, 2012 - 8:19am
Success as a QB (Sask & BC - and that requires leadership) and as an OC with TO as well as HC in Sask. But of course I'm wrong because in your opinion you're the only one who is Always Right, Mr AR!
December 18, 2012 - 11:10am
als rule
sorry excuse me!! NO!! your opinion as others see and view you is ALWAYS RIGHT MR TFmcb and later proved wrong as usual!! HC in saskatchewan yes will aid him now in hamilton BUT playing QB in the CFL, being an OC in the CFL and his USA college work will add up to nothing when it comes to his GM job and VP of PP!! only positive of all his CFL work is his time as the RRs HC!! the rest will be a HUGE work in progress and plenty of ON THE JOB TRAINING!! so mr. TFmcb again your wrong as USUAL!!
December 18, 2012 - 2:46pm