Kent Austin brought over 30 years of playing and coaching success to Liberty Mountain where he serves as co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Prior to joining the Flames' coaching staff for the 2019 season, Austin spent the previous six seasons in the Canadian Football League, working as the head coach (2013-17), general manager (2013-15) and vice president of football operations (2013-18) for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He led the team to back-to-back Grey Cup finals in 2013 and 2014.
Austin has also served as a head coach at Cornell (2010-12) and for the CFL's Saskatchewan Roughriders (2007), while working as an offensive coordinator at Ole Miss (2008-10) and for the Toronto Argonauts (2004-06). Saskatchewan finished the 2007 season with a 12-6 record and Austin led the Roughriders to winning the Grey Cup.
Following a successful 11-year professional playing career, including 10 seasons in the CFL where he threw for 26,626 career passing yards and 134 career touchdowns, Austin started his coaching career as the quarterbacks coach for the Ottawa Renegades in 2003.
Flames Flashback: 2019 Year in Review • Austin's quarterbacks played a vital role in Liberty finishing its first full season at the FBS level with an 8-5 record, including a win over Georgia Southern in the 2019 FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl. • With the Cure Bowl victory, Liberty became the third team in NCAA history to win a bowl game during its first full season at the FBS level. • Quarterback Stephen Calvert finished his career as the program's all-time leading passer with 12,025 career passing yards and 93 career touchdowns. • At the completion of the 2019 season, Calvert ranked No. 2 in the country in career passing yards among active FBS quarterbacks. • After throwing 18 interceptions in 2018, Austin transformed Calvert's accuracy as the four-year starter threw only seven interceptions in 2019. • During the course of the 2019 season, Calvert posted the longest streak in the country among FBS quarterbacks by completing 295 passing attempts without an interception. • Calvert was one of 11 Liberty players named to the 2019 Phil Steele FBS Independent All-Conference team. • Liberty finished the 2019 season ranked No. 21 nationally in passing yards per game (288.9) and No. 32 in total offensive yards per game (439.4).
Austin at a Glance Coaching Experience: 2019-present – Liberty (Co-OC/QB) 2013-18 – Hamilton Tiger-Cats (HC, GM and VP of Football Ops) 2010-12 – Cornell (HC) 2008-10 – Ole Miss (OC) 2007 – Saskatchewan Roughriders (HC) 2004-06 – Toronto Argonauts (OC) 2003 – Ottawa Renegades (QB) Education: Bachelor's degree in business administration (Ole Miss, '85) Children: Kendall, Kassidy and Wesley Hometown: Natick, Mass.