Eskimos finalize coaching staff

Maciocia announces 2007 Eskimo coaching staff

(Edmonton) Edmonton Eskimo Head Coach and Director of Football Operations, Danny Maciocia, has announced his coaching staff for the 2007 season. “I’m excited to work with this group,? says Maciocia. “Individually they’ve had a lot of success and I think we’re going to work well collectively to make 2007 a very successful season for the Eskimos.?

Jacques Chapdelaine is the Eskimos’ Associate Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator. He spent the past four years with the Grey Cup champion B.C. Lions. Under Chapdelaine’s guidance, the Lions led the CFL in passing offence, completion percentage and quarterback efficiency.

Carl Brennan has been named Offensive Line Coach. Last year, Brennan coached the Esks running backs. Previously, Brennan coached the offensive lines in Saskatchewan (2005) and Calgary (2004).

Long-time Eskimo O-line coach Bill Macdermott assumes the new role of Advance Scout. “Coach Mac? will be responsible for game preparation video and analysis of upcoming opponents.

Back for his ninth season with the Green and Gold, Rick Campbell returns as the club’s Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Backs Coach. Campbell joined the Eskimos in 1999 as the special teams coach.

Three-time West Division All-Star Malvin Hunter returns to the club in a new role. After spending the past two seasons looking after special teams, Hunter will now be in charge of the defensive line. As a player, Hunter was a dominant force on the defensive line over eight seasons in Edmonton (1993-2000).

A five-time CFL All-Star and a three-time winner of the Schenley Award as the CFL's Most Outstanding Defensive Player, Danny Kepley enters his seventh season on the coaching staff and third as the club’s Linebacker Coach. He spent one season (1985) as an Eskimo assistant and rejoined the staff in 2002.

Scott Squires is the newest member of the Eskimo coaching staff. Hired to oversee special teams, Squires joins the Eskimos after eleven years as head coach at Cal Lutheran in Thousand Oaks, California.