Joe Mack (Canadian football)

Joe Mack is an American football scout and executive, who is currently the assistant general manager of player personnel with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He has worked for several National Football League organizations and was the general manager and vice-president of football operations for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 2010 to 2013.

Joe Mack
Montreal Alouettes
Born: (1954-03-22) March 22, 1954 (age 66)
Levittown, Pennsylvania
Career information
CollegeVillanova University
Career history
As administrator
19841987Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Director of Player Personnel)
1987–1989Atlanta Falcons (Pro scout)
1989–1994Washington Redskins (Director of Pro Scouting)
1994–1997Carolina Panthers (Asst. GM)
1998–2000Cleveland Browns (Director of Player Personnel)
2001New York/New Jersey Hitmen (Director of Football Operations)
2010–2013Winnipeg Blue Bombers (GM/VP of Football Operations)
2017–presentMontreal Alouettes (Assistant GM of Player Personnel)
As coach
1978–1980Villanova (DL/ST)
As player
1974–1977Villanova
Career highlights and awards

Early life and playing careerEdit

Mack was born on March 22, 1954 in Levittown, Pennsylvania to Bernard and Theresa Mack. He played linebacker and nose tackle at Villanova University. During his senior year, he was a team captain and earned all-star honors. He graduated in 1977 with a degree in political science, specializing in international relations.[1]

CareerEdit

After graduating, Mack became Villanova's defensive line and special teams coach.[2] He then spent three years as a scout for BLESTO Scouting Combine, which represented the Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles, Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings, and Miami Dolphins.[1][2]

Mack's first experience in the CFL came in 1984 as the director of player personnel for the Blue Bombers. During his tenure in Winnipeg he supplied players for head coaches Cal Murphy and Mike Riley.[3] The Blue Bombers won their first Grey Cup in 22 years in 1984 and had an overall record of 46-21-1 during Mack's tenure there.

Mack left Winnipeg in 1987 to become a pro scout for the NFL's Atlanta Falcons. Two years later, he moved to the Washington Redskins to become the team's director of pro scouting[4] and was a member of the Redskins front office when the team won Super Bowl XXVI.[3] After five years in Washington, Mack spent four seasons with the expansion Carolina Panthers as assistant general manager, before becoming the interim director of player personnel for the Cleveland Browns. He helped build another expansion team in 2001 as the director of football operations for the XFL's New York/New Jersey Hitmen.[3] After the 2001 season, Mack left professional football to spend more time with his family and worked as an independent football consultant.[2]

Mack returned to full-time professional football in 2010 when he was hired by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers as general manager and vice-president of football operations. Even with a Grey Cup appearance in 2011, the Blue Bombers struggled during Mack's tenure, posting a 21-39 record. Mack was fired by the Blue Bombers in August 2013, midway into his fourth season as general manager.[5]

On January 25, 2017, Mack was unveiled as the Assistant General Manager of Player Personnel with the Montreal Alouettes.[6] Following the dismissal of general manager Kavis Reed on July 14, 2019 the Alouettes expanded Mack's role alongside head coach Khari Jones and director of football operations Patrick Donovan to fill the responsibilities left by the vacant general manager position.[7]

PersonalEdit

Mack resides in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife, Kathleen. They have three children.[2]

CFL GM recordEdit

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Result
WPG 2010 4 14 0 .222 4th in East Division Missed Playoffs
WPG 2011 10 8 0 .556 1st in East Division 1 1 Lost in Grey Cup
WPG 2012 6 12 0 .333 3rd in East Division Missed Playoffs
WPG 2013 1 5 0 .167 4th in East Division Fired Mid-Season
Total 21 39 0 .350 1 Division
Championship
1 1 0 Grey Cups

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Penton, Kirk (January 23, 2010). "Mack in a box". Winnipeg Sun. Retrieved April 7, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d "Mack in the saddle again". Winnipeg Free Press. 2010-01-30.
  3. ^ a b c "Joe Mack named Bombers' GM". Cbc.ca. 2010-01-22. Retrieved 2012-08-27.
  4. ^ David Naylor. "Joe Mack in the running for Bombers VP". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2012-08-27.
  5. ^ "Blue Bombers axe GM Joe Mack, CEO Buchko resigns". cbc.ca. 2013-08-09.
  6. ^ https://www.cfl.ca/2017/01/25/als-name-joe-mack-catherine-raiche-assistant-gms/
  7. ^ "Alouettes part ways with GM Kavis Reed". CFL.ca. 2019-07-14. Retrieved 2019-07-16.