Orlondo Steinauer (born June 9, 1973) is the head coach for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL). As a player, he played professional Canadian football as a safety for 13 seasons with the Ottawa Rough Riders, Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Toronto Argonauts from 1996 to 2008. He finished his career second all-time in CFL history for interception return yards with 1178 yards. Steinauer was a two-time Grey Cup champion as a player after winning in 1999 with the Tiger-Cats and in 2004 with the Argonauts. He has also won a championship as a coach, winning the 100th Grey Cup as the defensive backs coach for the Toronto Argonauts in 2012.
Steinauer before a Hamilton Tiger-Cats game in 2019
|Born:||June 9, 1973|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||182 lb (83 kg)|
|2010–2011||Toronto Argonauts (DBC)|
|2011||Toronto Argonauts (DC)|
|2012||Toronto Argonauts (DBC)|
|2013–2016||Hamilton Tiger-Cats (DC)|
|2017||Fresno State (DC)|
|2018||Hamilton Tiger-Cats (AC)|
|2019–present||Hamilton Tiger-Cats (HC)|
|1996||Ottawa Rough Riders|
|Career highlights and awards|
|CFL All-Star||1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007|
|CFL East All-Star||1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007|
High school careerEdit
Steinauer starred in football at Western Washington University and finished his career with 20 interceptions, 160 tackles, a forced fumble, and 89 punt returns for 965 yards (10.84 yards per punt ret. avg.) and a touchdown. In 1995, his final year, he was a consensus first-team All-American and the CFA Defensive Player of the Year leading the United States in pass interceptions with 10 and ranked ninth nationally with an 11.6 yards punt return average.
Canadian Football LeagueEdit
Steinauer joined the Ottawa Rough Riders of the CFL in 1996, but saw minimal playing time prior to the team's dissolution at the end of that season. In 1997, with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, he emerged as a defensive star, earning a spot on the East Division All-Star team. He was also a punt returner. Steinauer's performance in Hamilton (1997–1999) and Toronto (2001–2008) was well regarded; he was named a divisional All-Star six times and CFL All-Star five times.
Toronto released him on August 25, 2008, prior to the ninth game of the season. As a CFL player with more than six years experience, playing more than eight games would have guaranteed his salary for the remainder of the year. At the time of his retirement, Steinauer was the last active player in CFL history to play for the Ottawa Rough Riders.
After being released by the Argonauts, he was approached by Rogers Sportsnet to work as a football analyst for their broadcasts. Steinauer says that, as a player, football reporters told him he'd make a good broadcaster but he never thought about it until the opportunity presented itself. In 2009, he did analysis for Sportsnet's television broadcasts and the radio Fan 590.
On February 19, 2010, Steinauer was hired by the Argonauts as their defensive backs coach. On August 4, 2011, Steinauer was promoted to defensive co-ordinator of the Argonauts after the firing of Chip Garber from that position. On December 8, 2011, new head coach Scott Milanovich announced that Steinauer would be retained as the team's defensive backs coach.
On January 3, 2013, Steinauer was named the defensive coordinator for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Steinauer coached with the Ti-Cats for four seasons. By the end of the 2016 season he was considered one of the leading candidates for a head-coaching position in the CFL.
Fresno State BulldogsEdit
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (II)Edit
After one season with the Bulldogs, Steinauer returned to the CFL and Hamilton Tiger-Cats on February 22, 2018, as an assistant head coach to June Jones for the 2018 season. With the Toronto Argonauts and BC Lions both looking at Steinauer for their head coaching vacancies for the 2019 CFL season, the Tiger-Cats and Jones decided to name Steinauer as the 26th Head Coach of the Tiger-Cats on December 3, 2018. He tied the CFL record for wins by a rookie head coach as the Tiger-Cats finished with a 15 win and 3 loss record.
Head coaching recordEdit
|HAM||2019||15||3||0||.833||1st in East Division||1||1||Lost 107th Grey Cup|
|1||1||0 Grey Cups|
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- https://www.cfl.ca/article/steinauer-mcadoo-retained-as-argos-coaches[permanent dead link] Steinauer, McAdoo retained as Argos coaches
- "Steinauer named Ticats' new Defensive Coordinator". cfl.ca. Archived from the original on 2015-10-05. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
- "Ticats will be under thorough review". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2016-12-15.
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- "Orlondo Steinauer named head coach of the Tiger-Cats". December 3, 2018.
- Chris O'Leary (December 3, 2018). "O'Leary: No choice but to think long term with Steinauer".
- Dan Ralph (November 2, 2019). "Hajrullahu's 40-yard field goal gives Ticats 21-18 win over Argonauts".
- Ulmer, Mike (2004-07-14). "On a mission: Hard work and perseverance has paid off for Orlondo Steinauer". Toronto Sun.