Danny Maciocia

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Danny Maciocia
Montreal Carabins
Date of birth: (1967-05-26) May 26, 1967 (age 46)
Place of birth: Montreal, Quebec
Career information
High school: Laurier Macdonald
Organizations
As administrator:
2007

20082010
Edmonton Eskimos (Director of Football Operations)
Edmonton Eskimos (GM & Director of Football Operations)
As coach:
1994
1995
1996
19971999
2000
2001
20022004
20052008
2011–present
St. Leonard Cougars (OC)
St. Leonard Cougars (HC)
Montreal Alouettes*
Montreal Alouettes (RB coach)
Montreal Alouettes (Assistant OC)
Montreal Alouettes (OC)
Edmonton Eskimos (OC)
Edmonton Eskimos (HC)
Université de Montréal (HC)

*Quality Control coach

Danny Maciocia (born May 26, 1967) is the head coach of the Université de Montréal Carabins football team. He is also the former general manager & director of football operations of the Canadian Football League's Edmonton Eskimos and former offensive coordinator with the André-Grasset Phénix, a CEGEP team in Montreal.

Early life[edit]

Maciocia grew up in the Saint Leonard neighborhood of suburban Montreal, and also spent part of his youth in San Francisco. He played football in high school. He graduated from Laurier Macdonald High School in 1984.

Coaching career[edit]

A professional coaching career began for Maciocia in 1993 when he took a job as an assistant coach with the Canadian junior national football team. In 1995, he moved into the ranks of the CJFL as offensive coordinator of the St. Leonard Cougars, who won the championship of the league in Maciocia's first year. In 1998, Maciocia entered the CFL as the running backs coach of the Montreal Alouettes. In 2001, he became offensive coordinator in Montreal, then took the same position in Edmonton the following season.

Maciocia was also the head coach of the 2004 edition of the Canadian junior football team for the eighth NFL Global Junior Championship.

Maciocia was appointed as head coach of the Eskimos after the firing of former coach Tom Higgins following 2004 CFL season. Maciocia became the first Quebec-born head coach in CFL history and the first Canadian head coach of the Eskimos since Annis Stukus in 1951. In 2005, Maciocia guided the Eskimos to a championship victory in the 93rd Grey Cup, the thirteenth in franchise history.

The 2006 season was not successful for Maciocia and the Eskimos. The team missed the play-offs for the first time in 35 years, ending a record streak for consecutive post-season appearances among North American professional sports teams. Rumors abounded of Maciocia being on the hotseat after the 2006 campaign, but during the off-season he was surprisingly given a promotion. In addition to coach, Maciocia became director of football operations. As a result, he has a high degree control over decisions on player personnel. Despite Maciocia taking more control, the Eskimos finished with an even worse record in 2007 and once again missed the play-offs. He resigned as head coach while continuing on as head of football operations following the end of the 2008 CFL season, where the Eskimos managed to make the playoffs with a 10–8 record, defeated the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the East Semi-Final, and lost the East Final against the Montreal Alouettes.[1] On July 31, 2010, Maciocia was fired by the Eskimos after the first win in a 1-4 start to the 2010 season.

He served as a volunteer coach for Andre-Grasset College for the 2010 season helping them to a Quebec junior college (CEGEP) championship. He was later named head coach of the Montreal Carabins football team of the Université de Montréal on November 17, 2010.

CFL GM Record[edit]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Result
EDM 2007 5 12 1 .294 4th in West Division - - Failed to Qualify
EDM 2008 10 8 0 .556 4th in West Division 1 1 Lost in East Final
EDM 2009 9 9 0 .500 3rd in West Division 0 1 Lost in West Semi-Final
EDM 2010 1 4 0 .200 4th in West Division - - (Fired Mid-Season)
Total 25 33 1 .431 0 West Division
Championships
1 2 0 Grey Cups

CFL Coaching Record[edit]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Result
EDM 2005 11 7 0 .611 3rd in West Division 3 0 Won Grey Cup
EDM 2006 7 11 0 .389 4th in West Division - -
EDM 2007 5 12 1 .306 4th in West Division - -
EDM 2008 10 8 0 .556 4th in West Division 1 1 Lost East Final
Total 33 38 1 .465 0 West Division
Championships
4 1 1 Grey Cup

Personal life[edit]

Maciocia is married with three daughters. He speaks fluent English, French, and Italian.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Esks' Maciocia steps aside as coach to focus on front office". TSN.ca. 2008-11-27. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tom Higgins
Edmonton Eskimos Head Coaches
2005–2008
Succeeded by
Richie Hall
Awards
Preceded by
Pinball Clemons
Grey Cup winning Head Coach
93rd Grey Cup, 2005
Succeeded by
Wally Buono