Maciocia steps down

Danny Maciocia struggled this season as the Eskimos head coach with the workload and lack of family...

Danny Maciocia struggled this season as the Eskimos head coach with the workload and lack of family time. (Sun Media/Jordan Verlage)

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 3:12 PM ET

Danny Maciocia has stepped down as head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos.

After four seasons as bench boss, Maciocia is now the club's full-time general manager and director of football operations, Sun Media has learned.

The official announcement comes at a 1:30 p.m. news conference today.

Agonizing over the decision this week, the 41-year-old Montreal native has now swung the door open to a head coach search.

Former Winnipeg head coach Doug Berry is considered a front-runner, according to one source within the Eskimo organization -- but there is a question over whether his intense coaching nature fits the culture of the dressing room.

Other names being floated as candidates include Winnipeg defensive co-ordinator and linebackers coach Greg Marshall, who still lives in the Edmonton area.

Calgary Stampeders defensive co-ordinator Chris Jones and Saskatchewan defensive co-ordinator Richie Hall could also be considered.

But Sun Media has learned the Eskimos will also approach this coaching search with an outside-the-box mentality, which opens the door to someone from the United States -- like the Montreal Alouettes did this year by hiring Marc Trestman.

Maciocia struggled this season with the workload and lack of family time that came with being the head coach and director of football operations in Edmonton.

Making the move to being the full-time GM and director of football ops gives Maciocia more time with his young family -- he has three daughters -- but also buys him more job security.

The new head coach will surely have two years to prove himself, giving Maciocia at least two years in his new role.

In his four years as Edmonton head coach, Maciocia won a Grey Cup (2005, rookie season), missed the playoffs twice and lost the East Final (2008).

His regular-season record is 33-38-1, with a 4-1 playoff resume.


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