Steve Addazio has turned to a pair of familiar faces to work as coordinators on his new football coaching staff at Boston College.
Former Northeastern and UMass head man Don Brown, defensive coordinator the past two seasons at the University of Connecticut under Paul Pasqualoni, will direct the Eagles’ defense.
And former University of New Hampshire quarterback Ryan Day, wide receivers coach at BC for five seasons (2007-2011), returns to the Heights as offensive coordinator after serving in the same role on Addazio’s staff at Temple in 2012.
“Coach Addazio has presented me with a great challenge -- one that I am very excited about,” Brown said in a statement. “I’m excited to be back in the ACC (he worked two years as the defensive coordinator at Maryland).
“I’m a firm believer that you play the game on the balls of your feet, not on your heels. From day one, 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 attack.”
This season, his defensive unit at UConn ranked 10th in the nation in yards allowed (309.9 per game).
As head coach, Brown directed UMass to the FCS national championship game in 2006. In 1998, as defensive coordinator under Mark Whipple, he played an integral role in the Minutemen’s march to the I-AA title win over Georgia Southern.
Addazio called Day “one of the bright young minds in college football. He knows Boston College and he is thrilled to be back.”
That sentiment was echoed by Oregon’s Chip Kelly, who coached Day at UNH and then worked with the Manchester, N.H., native on the Wildcats’ staff under Sean McDonnell.
“I think that he is one of the best young coaches in the country and it was just a matter of time before he was running the show, offensively, somewhere,” said Kelly after practice Thursday.