By: Jim Wallin
LAS VEGAS, NV, February 29, 2012/LFL360.com — Following a tumultuous inaugural season, the LFL today officially parted ways with Toronto Triumph Head Coach Don Marchione and his remaining coaching staff.
The move comes on the heels of a win-less opening campaign where the Triumph ranked last in total offense and total defense and was outscored by an league-high average of 44 points-per-game.
Some in league circles believe that the overall lack of authority coupled with a softer approach to mental and physical preparation directly contributed to a season full of turmoil, including significant roster turnover.
LFL Commissioner Mitchell S. Mortaza released the following statement on the move:
”While the results both on and off the field were not what we would have wanted for our first-ever Canadian franchise, Don Marchione and Mary Kennedy coached with enthusiasm and always with class despite some challenging circumstances. I personally have a debt of gratitude to both and sincerely wish them nothing but success. We will now shift our focus to bringing in a new coaching staff and philosphy to provide the best opportunity for success of our Triumph franchise.”
High-level league sources indicate that Commissioner Mortaza has a strong working relationship and respect level for Marchione and has not ruled out his potential inclusion into a front office or advisory position. The league recently announced the promotion of former Triumph Offensive Coordinator Mary Kennedy to LFL Canada executive leadership as Vice-President of Business Development.
League sources have indicated that an exhaustive search is now underway to find a successor to lead the Toronto franchise.