Orlondo Steinauer enters his second season as the Tiger-Cats defensive coordinator this year after helping the Ticats reach the Grey Cup in 2013.
Steinauer previously served as the Toronto Argonauts defensive backs coach from 2010-12 as well as the Argos defensive coordinator for the final 12 weeks of the 2011 season after being promoted in August.
In 2012, Steinauer helped direct a stingy Argos defence that allowed opponents to complete just 58.8% of their passes – best in the CFL – while surrendering just 269 passing yards per game. The Argos also registered the second-most interceptions (24) and allowed the second-fewest touchdowns (27).
In three seasons under Steinauer, the Argos placed five defensive backs on the East Division All-Star team and two on the CFL All-Star team, including first-year cornerback Pat Watkins in 2012.
As a player, Steinauer captured two Grey Cup rings in 13 seasons as a dominant defensive back. After beginning his career with the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1996, he would spend four years with the Tiger-Cats and eight seasons with the Argonauts. Renowned for his intelligence on the field, Steinauer was named an all-star at three different positions (cornerback, halfback and safety), earning six East All-Star nods and five CFL All-Star honours in total. His 1,178 interception return yards are the second most in CFL history.
Steinauer began his coaching career in earnest in 1996 when he worked as the defensive backs coach at Western Washington, his alma mater, during the off-season – a role he would continue until 1998.
A native of Seattle, Washington, Steinauer joined Sportsnet as their CFL Insider in 2009 and eastablished ‘The Ozone,’ a foundation focused on improving the quality of life for those less fortunate.
Orlondo and his wife, Gina, have three daughters; Kiana, Rheyna and Taeya.
STEINAUER COACHING HISTORY
|2013-14||Defensive Coordinator||Hamilton Tiger-Cats|
|2010-12||Defensive Backs Coach||Toronto Argonauts|
|2011||Defensive Coordinator||Toronto Argonauts|
|1996-98||Defensive Backs Coach||Western Washington|