Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Owls' Addazio finds another place to nest

Chestnut Hill, MA -- Steve Addazio has been named the new head football coach at Boston College.

The 53-year-old Addazio heads to the Heights after just two seasons as Temple's head coach, during which he compiled a 13-11 record with one bowl berth.

He fills the slot vacated by Frank Spaziani, who was fired on November 25 after the Eagles finished 2-10, their worst record since a winless campaign in 1978. Spaziani turned in a 22-29 mark over his four-year tenure with BC, including three bowl appearances with one victory.

Addazio will be formally introduced at a press conference scheduled for 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

"Steve Addazio brings three critical traits to Boston College football," director of athletics Brad Bates said on Tuesday. "First, he genuinely cares about his students and will facilitate their formation and development in meaningful ways that creates a family culture extending into the entire BC community. Second, he has a passion that is contagious and an energy that will motivate those fortunate to meet him. Finally, he is a proven winner with an extensive history of success as an assistant and head coach that includes two national championships. We are very excited to have Steve Addazio leading Boston College football and look forward to an extraordinary future."

For the native of Connecticut, it will be a return to his New England roots.

Addazio began his coaching career under Paul Pasqualoni at Western Connecticut State from 1984-87. He followed with a brief tenure in high school coaching before returning to the college ranks at Syracuse alongside Pasqualoni in 1995. Stints with Notre Dame and Indiana followed before a highly-successful
six-season run with the Florida Gators from 2005 through 2010.

Addazio had taken the reins at Temple in place of Al Golden, who rebuilt the Owls into a force in the Mid-American Conference but who traded up for the vacant slot at Miami of Florida, one of BC's rivals in the expanded Atlantic Coast Conference.

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