The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are looking for a new coach.
The team announced Wednesday that they have fired Marcel Bellefeuille. It was thought that he had potentially saved his job by guiding the Ticats to a win in Montreal in the Eastern Conference semi-finals, but that was not enough to keep him in Hamilton.
“We would like to thank coach Bellefeuille for his efforts during his time with our organization,” Hamilton general manager Bob O’Billovich said in a statement. “He represented the Tiger-Cats with pride and passion, and has left the organization in a much better place than when he started with us. However, we feel this move is necessary in order to reach our ultimate goal of winning a Grey Cup.”
Bellefeuille moved from offensive co-ordinator to head coach on Sept. 8, 2008, after the firing of Charlie Taaffe. In the 3 1/2 seasons that followed, the Ticats went 27-35 in the regular season. Hamilton went 8-10 this year.
Bellefeuille led Hamilton to three consecutive playoff appearances, including a spot in the Eastern Conference final this year. However, Hamilton went just 1-3 in playoff games under Bellefeuille.
The news comes as the Toronto Argonauts appear on the verge of hiring Montreal offensive co-ordinator Scott Milanovich to be their new head coach.
More to come.