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Tiger-Cats hire Kent Austin

Hamilton, ON (Sports Network) - The Hamilton Tiger-Cats named Kent Austin head coach on Monday.

In addition, Austin will be the team's vice president of football operations and general manager.

Austin replaces George Cortez, who was fired last week after compiling a 6-12 record in his first season with Hamilton.

"We are extremely excited to announce Kent Austin as our lead football executive and head coach. Kent brings a combination of expertise and leadership with a track record of success that we feel makes him perfect fit for our organization. It's a tremendous day in TigerTown," said president Scott Mitchell.

Austin was the head coach at Cornell University for the past three years, recording an 11-19 record during that span.

The 49-year-old Austin entered the coaching ranks in 2003 as a quarterback coach with the Ottawa Renegades. He spent the following season as Toronto's offensive coordinator and helped the team capture the Grey Cup.

Austin was head coach of the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2007. He was named the CFL's Coach of the Year after leading Saskatchewan to its first Grey Cup championship in 18 years, becoming the first head coach to win a championship with the same team he did so as a quarterback.

Austin accepted the job as offensive coordinator at the University of Mississippi, his alma mater, in 2008. He spent two years at Mississippi before taking the head coaching position at Cornell.

"I am honored to join the Hamilton Tiger-Cats organization," Austin said. "There are a lot of reasons to be excited about this opportunity, namely the strong ownership in place, a very passionate group of fans behind us and the chance for immediate success. I can't wait to begin working on our goal of bringing another Grey Cup championship to the city of Hamilton."

12/17 19:22:17 ET

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