Family support crucial in decision

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:07 AM ET

Danny Maciocia would have walked away from the Edmonton Eskimos this fall if he didn't have the support inside his own home.

While Maciocia is now officially going to return as head coach and director of football operations for 2008, the real decision on his future was made between him and his wife Sandra Vaz.

"When we first moved here six years ago I told her it could be in the middle of the third quarter - if she felt she had enough of this game and being here, all she had to do was tell me and I would just turn and wave to the fans and walk off the field," said Maciocia.

"That is exactly how I feel.

"Clearly, she appreciates what I do for a living."

Maciocia and Sandra Vaz are expecting their third child in January.

Their oldest daughter - Bianca - has been taking criticism from kids at school for the Eskimos' dismal performance on the field.

It all means that support from his wife and family was vital to returning to the job for 2008.

"It was absolutely huge," said Maciocia on the family support.

"She knows this is not a fun time. I just wanted to make sure they were ready to make the sacrifices that I think need to be made here to get this thing turned around.

"I have got their full support and at the end of the day when I go to work I can function and be at peace of mind and not worry about what is taking place at home."

FINISH LINES ...

The Eskimos have now officially signed non-imports (LB) Agustin Barrenechea and (OL) Aaron Fiacconi to three-year contracts.


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