SHIPPENSBURG — A 1988 Punxsutawney Area High School graduate continues to have an eventful few months at Shippensburg University, as after being inducted into the school's Athlete Hall of Fame in October, he was named the head football coach Wednesday.
Mark 'Mac' Maciejewski, the son of Stan Maciejewski and Nancy Weisinstein, graduated from Shippensburg in 1992. For the past 12 seasons, he has been an assistant coach with the Red Raiders, and Wednesday, he replaced Rocky Rees — who announced his retirement in September — as head coach.
"It is a special honor to be able to have the opportunity to lead a program that I've been involved with for so long," Maciejewski said on the school's Web site. "One time, I had a helmet and shoulder pads on and wore that uniform. It is pretty humbling that I have the chance to lead the same program 22 years after I first got here."
Maciejewski was inducted into the university's athletic hall of fame Oct. 22 after a successful career with the Red Raiders at nose tackle. He is one of just three players in the program's history to receive All-PSAC First Team honors in three consecutive seasons at the same position.
Maciejewski finished his time at Shippensburg with a school-record 28 tackles for a loss — a total that includes 23 sacks.
For the last four years, Maciejewski was Shippensburg’s assistant head coach and was the primary instructor to the secondary. He was SU’s defensive coordinator in 2003 and 2004 after beginning his stint as secondary coach in the spring of 2001.
"I'm excited with everything about this job. Coach Rees has built a great foundation here, and I am excited to build on the foundation that Rocky has established over the last 21 years," he said. "I have a special bond with a lot of these players, and I look forward to continuing and building upon that bond."
During Maciejewski's tenure as the team's defensive coordinator (2003 and 2004), Shippensburg compiled an 18-5 record, and the Red Raiders' defense led the PSAC in scoring defense, rushing defense, pass defense efficiency and total defense while also ranking second in pass defense.
"As a long-time member of the campus family and a proud Ship alum, Mac not only knows the football team, but he understands the values of the institution and our philosophy that combines athletic success with academic achievement," Shippensburg President Bill Ruud said. "I am sure that Mac will lead the team to success on the field, lead his team members to success inside the classroom and garner significant financial support from our friends and alumni.”
Shippensburg has totaled 11 All-PSAC selections in the secondary since Maciejewski joined the coaching staff in 2001. That group includes current Atlanta Falcon Brent Grimes, who ranks 10th in the NFL with five interceptions this season.
Maciejewski and his wife Tricia currently live in Chambersburg and are the parents of their two-year-old son, Brady.
"I'm proud to be a part of the Ship family," Maciejewski said. "There's a family bond here, and I'm excited about including a lot of alumni in our program and getting people involved."