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Ben McAdoo officially named Giants’ new head coach

New York Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo

New York Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo answers questions from the media on the third day of minicamp in East Rutherford, N.J. on Thursday, June 19, 2014. Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

The Giants have officially named Ben McAdoo head coach.

McAdoo was the team’s offensive coordinator for the past two seasons. He replaces Tom Coughlin, who stepped down as coach after 12 seasons.

“I am honored to serve as the 17th head coach in the history of the New York Giants franchise,” McAdoo said in a statement released by the team. “I am thankful to the Mara family, the Tisch family and Jerry Reese for this opportunity. I am appreciative of the support of my family, my wife Toni and our two children [Larkin and BJ] and my parents, brother and sister and in-laws back in Homer City, Pa. I have been very fortunate to have a lot of great coaches, administrators and players take an interest in me and my career. It has been a privilege to work and learn under Coach Coughlin. I have been preparing for this moment my entire professional life, and without the guidance and support of many people, I would not be here right now.”

“Ben is an outstanding young coach who has great experience and has done a good job as our offensive coordinator these past two years,” team owner John Mara said in a statement. “Jerry and I interviewed six impressive candidates, and when we were through with that process, we had another conversation with Ben, as did Steve and Jon Tisch. We were all impressed with his energy, his enthusiasm, his vision and his desire. Ben has been preparing for this opportunity since he started coaching, and he has earned his stripes every step of the way. Some have suggested he may not be ready, and as I said last week, we want a coach who feels like he has something to prove.”

The Giants’ offense under McAdoo ranked 10th in the NFL in 2014 and eighth in 2015. Several key Giants, including quarterback Eli Manning, had thrown support behind McAdoo when the position opened up.

“I’m excited,” Manning said of McAdoo’s appointment in a statement. “I’m excited for the Giants organization and for the team. I think Coach McAdoo is a great coach, a great teacher, and will be a great leader of this team. I’m excited to continue to work with him and grow within this offense, and get this organization back where it needs to be.”

McADOO’S PATH

Ben McAdoo’s coaching experience:

2001: Michigan State — Special teams/offensive assistant

2002: Fairfield — Offensive line, tight ends

2003: University of Pittsburgh — Offensive assistant

2004: New Orleans Saints — Offensive assistant/quality control

2005: San Francisco 49ers —Asst. offensive line / quality control

2006-11: Green Bay Packers — Tight ends

2012-13: Green Bay Packers — Quarterbacks

2014-15: Giants — Offensive coordinator

*McAdoo was hired by the University of Akron as an assistant coach in early 2004, but left after the recruiting season to take the job with the Saints; he was also hired to coach the tackles and tight ends at Stanford University in early 2004, but left after the spring season to join the 49ers.

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