In the latest episode of ‘NFLGirlUK meets…’, I speak with Jeff Reinebold, special teams coordinator for CFL team, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He is also an analyst for Sky Sports NFL.
Jeff shares with me:
- how his career started out
- the transition from player to coach
- stories from his time as a coach so far
- the international talent coming through in the CFL,
- his opinion on the XFL rules
- and what it means to him to be able to connect with fans.
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About Jeff Reinebold
Jeff grew up in South Bend, Indiana. He accepted the position of Offensive Graduate Assistant coach at Western Montana College. Prior to this, he played defensive back for the Maine Black Bears under Jack Bicknell.
Jeff coached at Dartmouth, Montana and Penn before getting his first head coaching job at Rocky Mountain College in 1989. This is where he led the program to its first non-losing season in six years. The next season, he took a job of outside linebackers coach at New Mexico.
Jeff began his professional coaching career in 1991 with the BC Lions as a Special Teams and Receivers coach under Bob O’Billovich. That season, the Lions set a pro football record for passing yards – with Quarterback Doug Flutie throwing for over 6,000 yards. Under Jeff, BC Lions would have four 1,000 yard Receivers that included Darren Flutie, Matt Clark, Ray Alexander and Mike Trevathan.
In 1994, Jeff moved to the expansion team the Las Vegas Posse as the Special Teams Coordinator and defensive back coach under Ron Meyer. After the Posse folded, he stayed in the CFL, moving to the Edmonton Eskimos as Special Teams Coordinator and wide receivers coach.
After coaching the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe for one season in 1995, he returned to the CFL in 1996 serving as Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator.
In 1997 and 1998 Jeff would serve as the Head Coach and General Manager of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. After two seasons and a 7–29 record he returned to NFL Europe as Special teams coordinator and Defensive Back Coach of the Rhein Fire. Under Jeff, the Rhein Fire would win the World Bowl VIII.
In 2001 following the World Bowl win with Rhein, Jeff would move to the Amsterdam Admirals of the NFLE as Defensive Back Coach and Special Teams Coordinator. At one time Jeff would have 11 of his former defensive backs on active NFL rosters.
In 2004 Jeff was appointed NFL Europe’s Senior Manager of International Player Development.
Return to Collegiate Football
In 2003 Jeff served as the Tight Ends Coach and Special Teams Coordinator at Louisiana Tech University. In 2005 Jeff moved to the University of Hawaii under June Jones and was with the Warriors’ 2006 Hawaii Bowl and 2007 Sugar Bowl teams.
While defensive line coach at Hawaii Jeff would coach three players who would be drafted into the NFL; all of which were defensive ends: Ikaika Alama-Francis, Mel Purcell and David Viekune. After three years with the Warriors Jeff moved with June Jones to the SMU Mustangs in 2008 where he coached Wide Receivers. Also while at Hawaii Jeff was named one of the nation’s top 20 recruiters by Rivals.com, and is the only BCS non-AQ conference Coach to ever make that list.
Jeff then moved back to mainland United States where he was the wide receivers coach at Southern Methodist University (SMU) where he participated in three straight Bowl Games and a CUSA Championship Game.
Return to the CFL
As defensive coordinator with the Eastern Division Champion Montreal Alouettes, the Als defense would lead the CFL’s Eastern Division in both scoring and total defense and win an Eastern Division crown going 11-7.
The Als defense would improve over the 2011 edition in 12 statistical categories and place 5 players on the Eastern Division All Star team and two, LB Shea Emry and S Kyries Hebert, were named CFL All-Stars. Despite the Alouettes finishing first in the East Division, the team struggled on defense and gave up 30 or more points in its first four games, and conceded more than 40 points twice after that. Jeff’s contract was not renewed the following season.
In February 2013, Jeff was hired as the special teams coordinator for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. In 2018, he became the BC Lions special teams coach for the 2018 season; and on January 16, 2019, it was announced he would return to Hamilton as their special teams coordinator.