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MONTREAL – Montreal Alouettes general manager Jim Popp is keeping no secrets about who are some of the leading candidates for his vacant head coaching position.  Tuesday, Popp tweeted that Danny Maciocia, Dan Hawkins, Jim Zorn, Turk Schonert, Steve Fairchild and Mike Miller had all been interviewed for the position.

Maciocia is likely most well-known in CFL circles, serving as an Als assistant coach from 1996-2001 before being hired by the Edmonton Eskimos as a coordinator in 2002 before taking over as Edmonton’s head coach from 2005-2008. In 2011 he joined the staff of the University of Montreal.

A veteran coordinator at both the college and NFL level, Steve Fairchild has over 30 years of experience, working primarily with Running Backs and Quarterbacks and has a similar pedigree to his potential predecessor Marc Trestman. He most recently coached with the San Diego Chargers.

Another name that many may recognize from south of the border is former Washington Redskins head coach Jim Zorn. After a successful playing career which lasted until 1987, Zorn coached at Boise State, Utah State and the University of Minnesota before holding coordinator positions with Seattle, Detroit, Baltimore and Kansas City.

Zorn's name is also interesting because of his relationship with Als QB Anthony Calvillo. Zorn coached Calvillo at Utah State and has been a mentor of his ever since.

Schonert is another offensive-minded coach with extensive experience as a quarterbacks coach with six NFL clubs from 1992-2008. He has spent the last three seasons as an offensive assistant and head coach in the United Football League.

Hawkins is a former fullback that has been a head coach in the NCAA for over 20 years, boasting a career college coaching record of 112-61-1. He was most recently the head coach at Boise State from 2001-2005 before taking of Colorodo’s sidelines from 2006-2010.

Miller is a bit of a younger coach, aged 42, who recently served as the offensive coordinator with the Arizona Cardinals (2011-2012). Prior to that, he spent time with the Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers.


Fan Comments
wild horse
Yup. After the Week of Super Bowl Business Conferences. Can you imagine the Free Buffets? Big Decision, because with A.C.'s age, this will be a complete New Era of Alouettes Football. Ravens by 3.
February 01, 2013 - 1:45pm
als rule
just having a feeling the next als coach is involved in the SB this sunday and maybe announced next week or the week after!!
January 31, 2013 - 6:23pm
wild horse
Sorry, I always see Macioca when he was Victory Dancing on Second Down. 2005 - one of the most painful Grey Cup losses of all time. Don't cry to me Roughies about your 13th Man (You fell apart in the 4th Quarter). I had to deal with '54, '55, '56 (each loss worse than the previous)when I was only a young lad.
January 30, 2013 - 1:24pm
als rule
I agree '05 GC watching maciocia was disgusting!!
January 30, 2013 - 8:55pm
wild horse
A.R., I knew you kept well-informed on the Als. I'm out in Lions' Country, they HATE the Alouettes out here. I would like to see more Canadian coaches in the CFL, so too bad re - Constantin. Management is doing a thorough job, and the candidates are impressive. So new coaching staff, same old QB with 500,000 miles on him ?? Where's the successor, A.R.? Kyle Quinlan?
January 30, 2013 - 1:08pm
als rule
January 30, 2013 - 5:06pm
January 30, 2013 - 9:24pm
als rule
AF4L31 LOL LOL LOL at porter why? oh like you know the ins and outs of QBing mr. cleo lemon!!LOL LOL LOL
January 31, 2013 - 11:25am
wild horse
Interesting candidates. I still like the Glenn Constantin option, just because I'm all for Canadian football, and the success of U. de Laval is phenomenal. For the Als' market in la Belle Province it makes great sense. But Zorn and Dan Hawkins are some Top Shelf coaches. The NEW Aloutte Era begins!
January 29, 2013 - 5:16pm
als rule
glen constantin has declined to be interviewed by popp/wetenhall per CJAD radio the als flagship network!!
January 29, 2013 - 9:12pm
als rule
well it better not be maciocia!! none of the rest interest me at all!!
January 29, 2013 - 1:25pm
Well that's what the Als are doing...looking for a coach that interests you. LOL LOL LOL
January 30, 2013 - 1:37am
als rule
T15GC exactly a HC that interests me as opposed to you with no interest on who fails again to lead the cats out of the basement!! LOL LOL LOL
January 31, 2013 - 11:17am
Take Maciocia, he did wonders for Edmonton!!
January 29, 2013 - 12:30pm
wild horse
Oh please No!! 2005, Double Overtime, Als Lose another Grey Cup they should have won. The Eskimos had Destiny up the Wazoo that year. Macioca was along along for the ride.
January 30, 2013 - 1:19pm
als rule
DAN: a hell of a 1 liner!!
February 01, 2013 - 4:20pm