You might wonder why we wold track the signing of one coach. Plenty of others are singing after all.
We do it because Jeff has a connection with the UK fan base. He has been involved with NFLUK live tours. As well as covering the NFL on Sky Sports. He can even occasionally be seen at an NFL viewing party in the UK.
Jeff is a recognised and respected face for UK football fans. For me he can be a gateway for NFL fans who take a casual interest in the three down game. If they know Jeff is coaching at a team they might be a little more intrigued.
A few years ago I started writing about the CFL. When the 2017 CFL season kicked off I tried to get some UK-based NFL fans on board. Among the best-selling points I thought would be football in June, fast, fun action and a familiar but different game. One major selling point had passed me by however. Then people started asking questions about the Ti-Cats and Hamilton in general. It took me a while to realise – but for some UK fans testing the CFL waters this was down to one man – Jeff Reinebold.
Jeff Reinebold – A European Connection
Jeff has had a wide and varied coaching career in the college and pro ranks. But of particular interest to us is his time in the CFL and NFLEurope.
He began his pro coaching career in 1991 with the B.C. Lions. Spending three seasons there 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. A stint that would give him some great stories to tell! After the Posse folded in 1995, he joined the staff in Edmonton as Special Teams Coordinator and Wide Receivers Coach.
Jeff 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, picking up a championship in a World Bowl 2000 win.
From 2001, Jeff accepted a role as Special Teams Coordinator and Defensive Backs Coach with the Amsterdam Admirals spending three seasons with the team.
A popular choice
Jeff Reinebold is a special teams coach with global connections. His time in NFLEurope, plus time working for Sky Sports in the UK and his #coffeewithcoach question and answer sessions give him unique perspectives.
He is well aware of global and emerging talent. A fact reinforced by him being behind the first points ever scored by a global player in the CFL.
Judging by the reaction online, Reinebold will be very welcome back in ‘the Hammer’. Or as Jeff himself would no doubt say on his twitter account:
MAHALO TIME TO GO TO WORK. If you’ve ever seen his enthusiastic block capital laden account you’ll know what I mean!
Banner Image: Jeff Reinebold on the Ti-Cats sideline. Image from Skysports