Jeff Reinebold was named Defensive Coordinator of the Tiger-Cats on January 23, 2017. He originally joined the club as Special Teams Coordinator on February 5, 2013 and added the role of Linebackers Coach in March 2014. Reinebold, who has nearly 35 years of coaching experience, including 12 years at the CFL level, enters his fifth season with the Black and Gold.
Under Reinebold’s tutelage, the Tiger-Cats special teams and linebacking units have had tremendous success both from an individual player and team perspective. Wide receiver and kick returner Brandon Banks has been named a CFL All-Star twice (2014, 2015), an East Division All-Star in three consecutive seasons (2014-16), and won the 2015 John Agro Award as the league’s Most Outstanding Special Teams Player. Linebacker Simoni Lawrence has also been 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 have led the CFL in special teams touchdowns in each of the last two seasons. 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.
Reinebold 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.