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Tiger-Cats Name Art Briles Assistant Head Coach Offence

August 28, 2017 - Canadian Football League (CFL) - Hamilton Tiger-Cats News Release


June Jones, Head Coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, announced Monday that Art Briles has been added to the coaching staff as the team's Assistant Head Coach Offence.

Briles, 61, has over 35 years experience as a football coach, including serving as head coach of two-NCAA Division 1-A teams at Baylor University (2008-15) and the University of Houston (2003-07) where he accumulated a combined 99-65 record (.604%).

In eight seasons at Baylor, Briles' list of accomplishments is headlined by back-to-back Big 12 Championships (2013-14), marking only the second such achievement in league history and first since the University of Oklahoma (2006-08). Baylor's consecutive New Year's Day bowl berths were also a first in school history. The native of Rule, Texas, was recognized as a finalist for the 2014 Coach of the Year honours by the Bobby Dodd Trophy and Eddie Robinson Award, and was named the 2014 Big 12 Coach of the Year by the Waco Tribune-Herald. He also earned 2013 Big 12 Coach of the Year honours from the league coaches (Chuck Neinas Award) as well as the Associated Press and Sporting News.

Prior to his tenure at Baylor, Briles spent five years at the University of Houston, inheriting a Cougars team that was only two years removed from a winless season (0-11). He led Houston to a 34-28 record and appeared in four bowl games over that span, and currently ranks third in school history in all-time wins as a head coach. In 2006, Briles earned Conference USA and Sportexe Division I-A National Coach of the Year honours after leading the Cougars to a Conference USA title, an appearance in the Liberty Bowl and the team's first 10-win season since 1990. He was also named a finalist for the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year Award in 2006.

During his NCAA career, which began with a three-year stop as running backs coach at Texas Tech (2000-02), Briles has recruited/mentored numerous players that have graduated to the National Football League. Among that group are quarterbacks Kevin Kolb, Case Keenum, Robert Griffin III and Bryce Petty, wide receivers Donnie Avery, Kendall Wright, Terrance Williams, Josh Gordon and Corey Coleman, offensive linemen Danny Watkins and Jason Smith, and defensive lineman Phil Taylor. Under Briles' tutelage, Griffin III also became the first Heisman Trophy winner in Baylor's school history in 2011.

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