A little less than two weeks into his tenure as Boston College’s football coach, Steve Addazio named his top two assistants: Ryan Day as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, and former Connecticut assistant Don Brown will lead the Eagles’ defense.
Addazio said he hopes to have his staff completely assembled soon.
“We’re putting some important pieces together and by the end of this week we should have a good portion of it done, if not all of it,” Addazio said.
Brown and Addazio are branches on the coaching tree of Connecticut coach Paul Pasqualoni. Addazio got his coaching start under Pasqualoni at Western Connecticut State in the 1980s. Brown spent the past two seasons with Pasqualoni at UConn.
Prior to that, Brown spent two seasons in the Atlantic Coast Conference with Maryland. A Spencer native, Brown made stops at Northeastern, Plymouth State, and Massachusetts, earning a reputation for constructing rigid defenses.
This past season, UConn led the Big East by allowing just 309.9 yards per game. Brown will inherit a defense that allowed 29.7 points and 456.4 yards per game, crippled by an inability to stop the run (214.1 yards allowed per game, second worst in the ACC).
“I’m a firm believer that you play the game on the balls of your feet, not on your heels,” Brown said in a statement. “From Day 1, we’re going to be aggressive. We’re going to attack the line of scrimmage. We’re going to get after the quarterback. We’re going to play with our hair on fire on defense. I’m a big believer in playing for tackles for loss and being disruptive and making life difficult for the quarterback. We’re going to attack. That’s the style of defense that I’ve employed. We’re going to fly around and attack the pass.”
Addazio tapped Day as offensive coordinator the day he was hired at BC, and Day immediately began working, meeting with quarterback Chase Rettig, who will be a senior next season. Former defensive coordinator Bill McGovern, a highly respected holdover from fired coach Frank Spaziani’s tenure, will remain on the staff, likely as a linebackers coach.
The Eagles also filled the one game needed after the ACC dropped a plan to play a nine-game conference schedule next season. The Eagles will face New Mexico State at home.
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