Ticats hire George Cortez as new head coach
The Ticats have finally found their man.
Owner Bob Young took to Twitter on Saturday afternoon to announce the club has hired George Cortez to be head coach and director of football operations.
“Hey @Ticats, we’ve hired George Cortez as new HC of #Ticats. Check out www.Ticats.ca
. So excited had to tell someone!” Young wrote using his handle, @CaretakerBob.
Cortez, 60, joins the Ticats after two seasons as the quarterbacks coach with the NFL's Buffalo Bills, though he has extensive CFL experience, most recently as offensive coordinator and associate head coach of the Calgary Stampeders from 2007 to 2009. He has worked extensively with new Ticat quarterback Henry Burris, acquired by the Ticats in a trade last month, and has been a part of four Grey Cup-winning organizations.
“George’s track record of success speaks for itself, including more than 30 years of coaching experience in the CFL, NFL and NCAA,” Young said in a follow-up release. “He’s been a part of four Grey Cup championship teams, has engineered some of the CFL’s most prolific offences and has coached some of the best quarterbacks in professional football.
“We’re extremely confident that he will build us a championship-calibre program here in Hamilton.”
The Ticats will introduce Cortez, along with Burris, at a media conference on Tuesday.