Dan LaMagna's first experience in semi-professional football was with the Scranton Eagles in 1996. Six years of playing football with the Scranton Eagles and Wilkes-Barre Blaze led to a few tryouts in the Arena and Canadian Football League before injuries led LaMagna into coaching.
Head coaching positions with the Scranton Eagles, Southern Tier Green Machine, and North East Pennsylvania (NEPA) Miners while also a couple of seasons as an Assistant Coach with Lackawanna College motivated LaMagna to obtain a Masters degree at East Stroudsburg University in Sport Management and start the NEPA Miners in 2006.
Entering his 17th year of semi-professional football and seventh year with the Miners, LaMagna was elected by Minor League Football Hall of Fame Director Dick Suess to be inducted by a 10 person board into the 2013 Minor League Football Hall of Fame class.
Daniel LaMagna was a unanimous vote for acceptance into the Minor League Football Hall of Fame by the Board of Directors. His dedication to the sport of Minor League Football, and his success with the management of the NEPA Miners coupled with his experience as a player and coach made it easy to choose him for induction, stated Dick Suess, MLFN Hall of Fame Director.
Minor League Football News (MLFN) was founded in 1994 as a printed eight page newsletter. It was a monthly printed publication that people could subscribe to. MLFN went to a website edition in 2002.
The Hall of Fame was started in 2004 with the first induction ceremony held in Las Vegas.
The 2013 class, consisting of eleven inductees from around the country, will be honored at the Minor League Football Hall of Fame Banquet in Las Vegas, Nevada January 10, 2014 followed by a Semi-Professional Football All-Star Game the following day in which LaMagna was asked by Suess to assist with.
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