Scottsdale Community College defensive coordinator Doug Madoski has been named the replacement for outgoing football coach Ken Giovando.
Madoski was chosen from a pool of 95 applicants with high school and college coaching experience. He was informed of the decision Thursday morning.
"I’m excited about the opportunity of being a head coach, especially at Scottsdale," Madoski said. "I’m going to try to get this program on a consistent basis to become a top junior-college program."
The Artichokes had the second-ranked defense nationally two seasons ago under his tutelage.
"We think he’ll do a good job," Scottsdale athletic director Art Becker said. "He’s got a good plan."
Madoski spent one year at San Joaquin Delta (Calif.) Community College as an offensive line coach before joining Scottsdale. He played collegiately at Utah State and professionally in the Canadian Football League.
After losing five games by a combined 15 points this season, Madoski said he will emphasize discipline and hard work to get Scottsdale back among the nation’s elite.
"I don’t know how much talent we have, but I know that we’re going to work really hard," Madoski said.
"We’re going to have that blue-collar attitude and work every day with a hard hat on."