Danny Maciocia

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Danny Maciocia
Montreal Carabins
Born: (1967-05-26) May 26, 1967 (age 52)
Montreal, Quebec
Career information
High schoolLaurier Macdonald
Career history
As administrator
2007Edmonton Eskimos (Director of Football Operations)
20082010Edmonton Eskimos (GM & Director of Football Operations)
As coach
1994St. Leonard Cougars (OC)
1995St. Leonard Cougars (HC)
1996Montreal Alouettes (Quality Control coach)
19971999Montreal Alouettes (RB coach)
2000Montreal Alouettes (Assistant OC)
2001Montreal Alouettes (OC)
20022004Edmonton Eskimos (OC)
20052008Edmonton Eskimos (HC)
2010André-Grasset Phénix (OC)
2011–presentUniversité de Montréal (HC)
Honours2005 Grey Cup Champion
2010 Bol d’Or Collegial AA
2014 Dunsmore Cup Champion
2014 Vanier Cup Champion
2015 Dunsmore Cup Champion

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 neighbourhood 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, he was also the first Canadian-born head coach in Eskimos history to win the Grey Cup with the team.

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. Rumours 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.

In the 2014, as the Carabins won the 50th Vanier Cup. On their way there, they defeated the Laval Rouge et Or to win their first Dunsmore Cup, the Manitoba Bisons in the Uteck Bowl and then the McMaster Marauders in the Vanier Cup final. In the 2015, the Carabins once again returned to the national title game with Maciocia at the helm, only to be defeated this time by the UBC T-Birds, 16-13.

Danny Maciocia was briefly considered a candidate for the Montreal Alouettes vacant General Manager position in December 2016, following the mutual termination of Jim Popp's contract;[2] the job instead went to Kavis Reed.

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
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
4 1 1 Grey Cup

Personal life[edit]

Maciocia and his wife Sandra Vaz have three daughters together. Maciocia is fluent in English, French, and Italian.


  1. ^ "Esks' Maciocia steps aside as coach to focus on front office". TSN.ca. 2008-11-27. Retrieved 2008-11-28.
  2. ^ "Maciocia not joining Alouettes as GM - Article - TSN". TSN. 2016-12-10. Retrieved 2016-12-11.

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Preceded by
Pinball Clemons
Grey Cup winning Head Coach
93rd Grey Cup, 2005
Succeeded by
Wally Buono