Orlondo Steinauer
Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Date of birth (1973-06-09) June 9, 1973 (age 50)
Place of birthSeattle, Washington, U.S.
Career information
CFL statusInternational
Position(s)President of football operations
Height5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight182 lb (83 kg)
US collegeWestern Washington
High schoolLynnwood
Career history
As administrator
2022–PresentHamilton Tiger-Cats (PoFO)
As coach
20102011Toronto Argonauts (DBC)
2011Toronto Argonauts (DC)
2012Toronto Argonauts (DBC)
20132016Hamilton Tiger-Cats (DC)
2017Fresno State (DC)
2018Hamilton Tiger-Cats (AC)
20192023Hamilton Tiger-Cats (HC)
As player
1996Ottawa Rough Riders
19972000Hamilton Tiger-Cats
20012008Toronto Argonauts
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007
CFL East All-Star1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007
  • Toronto Argonauts Defensive Player of 2002
  • 2017 Broyles Award Nominee NCAA Fresno State University DC
  • 2019 CFL Coach of the Year
  • Second in CFL History for All-Time Interception Return Yards
  • Most wins by a rookie head coach in CFL History (15)
Career stats

Orlondo Steinauer (born June 9, 1973) is the president of football operations 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.

High school career

At Lynnwood High School in Lynnwood, Washington, Steinauer lettered in football, basketball, and baseball. He graduated in 1991.

College years

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.[1]

In 1999, he was named to Western Washington University's All-Century team and was the only player named to two first-team positions, at cornerback and punt returner.[2]

Canadian Football League

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.[3][4][5][6]

He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame as a player in 2021.[7]

Post-playing career

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.[6] In 2009, he did analysis for Sportsnet's television broadcasts and the radio Fan 590.[6]

Coaching career

Toronto Argonauts

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.[8] On December 8, 2011, new head coach Scott Milanovich announced that Steinauer would be retained as the team's defensive backs coach.[9]

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

On January 3, 2013, Steinauer was named the defensive coordinator for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.[10] 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.[11]

Fresno State Bulldogs

On December 14, 2016 Steinauer announced that he would be leaving the CFL and heading south to become the defensive coordinator for the Fresno State Bulldogs.[12]

Hamilton Tiger-Cats (II)

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.[13] 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.[14][15] 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.[16]

Due to the cancellation of the 2020 CFL season, Steinauer did not coach in 2020. In his second season, the Tiger-Cats began the season with an 0–2 record, but finished 8–4 in a pandemic-shortened season to finish second in the East. The Tiger-Cats defeated the Montreal Alouettes and Toronto Argonauts in the playoffs as Steinauer led the team to their second consecutive Grey Cup appearance. However, he suffered his second championship loss as a head coach as the Tiger-Cats lost the 108th Grey Cup game to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Following the season, Steinauer was named president of football operations, in addition to his duties as head coach, on December 24, 2021.[17]

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Result
HAM 2019 15 3 0 .833 1st in East Division 1 1 Lost 107th Grey Cup
HAM 2020 Season Cancelled
HAM 2021 8 6 0 .571 2nd in East Division 2 1 Lost 108th Grey Cup
HAM 2022 8 10 0 .444 3rd in East Division 0 1 Lost in East Semi-Final
HAM 2023 8 10 0 .444 3rd in East Division 0 1 Lost in East Semi-Final
Total 39 29 0 .574 1 Division
3 4 0 Grey Cups


  1. ^ "Orlondo Steinauer - College Career". Toronto Argonauts Football Club. Archived from the original on 2011-01-05. Retrieved 2015-03-16.
  2. ^ Carberry, Jim (1999-09-04). "WWU All-Century Football Team" (PDF). Western Washington University Sports Information Office. Retrieved 2008-08-26.
  3. ^ "Toronto Argonauts release veteran safety Orlondo Steinauer". The Canadian Press. 2008-08-25. Retrieved 2008-08-26.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Masters, Mark (2008-08-25). "Argos' Steinauer makes emotional departure". National Post. Retrieved 2008-08-26.[dead link]
  5. ^ Ralph, Dan (2008-08-27). "Money monster grips its teeth on CFL stalwarts". Calgary Sun.
  6. ^ a b c Zelkovich, Chris (2009-09-07). "Orlando Steinauer's new game plan working on TV". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2009-09-07.
  7. ^ "Canadian Football Hall of Fame unveils class of 2021". cfhof.ca. Canadian Football Hall of Fame. April 28, 2021.
  8. ^ "Argonauts fire Garber, promote Steinauer - CFL.ca". cfl.ca. Archived from the original on 2012-09-23. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  9. ^ CFL.ca staff. "Steinauer, McAdoo Retained as Argos Coaches". CFL. Archived from the original on March 6, 2016.
  10. ^ "Steinauer named Ticats' new Defensive Coordinator". cfl.ca. Archived from the original on 2015-10-05. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  11. ^ "Ticats will be under thorough review". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2016-12-15.
  12. ^ "Steinauer leaves Ticats for Fresno State - Article - TSN". TSN. 2016-12-14. Retrieved 2016-12-15.
  13. ^ "Steinauer returns to Ticats as assistant HC - Article - TSN". TSN. 2018-02-22. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  14. ^ "Orlondo Steinauer named head coach of the Tiger-Cats". December 3, 2018.
  15. ^ Chris O'Leary (December 3, 2018). "O'Leary: No choice but to think long term with Steinauer".
  16. ^ Dan Ralph (November 2, 2019). "Hajrullahu's 40-yard field goal gives Ticats 21-18 win over Argonauts".
  17. ^ "Ticats expand Steinauer's role, announce operations staff". Canadian Football League. December 24, 2021.

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