Monday, December 17, 2012
Kent Austin Is Back
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.
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.
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).