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 Bill McGovern
Bill McGovern
Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers

27th Year Coaching

Alma Mater:
Holy Cross, '85


Football Hosts Media Day, Open Practice

Team holds open practice in Alumni Stadium


Luke Kuechly wins Lombardi Award

Junior linebacker is the first recipient from Boston College


  • Is in his 16th season at Boston College, his fourth as defensive coordinator; served as linebackers coach for nine seasons (2000-08) and defensive backs coach for three seasons (1994-96).
  • Came to Boston College in 2000 after serving as defensive backs coach at Pittsburgh for three seasons (1997-99).
  • McGovern's defenses at Boston College have ranked among the nation's top 26 in total defense in two of the last three seasons.
  • Under McGovern's guidance in 2010, Boston College led the nation in rushing defense (82.8 ypg) and led the Atlantic Coast Conference in total defense (309.7 ypg). It ranked 13th among national leaders in total defense, 19th in pass efficiency defense (113.3 ypg) and 19th in scoring defense (19.5 ppg).
  • In 2009, the Eagles' defense ranked second in the ACC - and 14th in the nation - in rushing defense (103.2 ypg). Boston College finished the season ranked 19th in the nation in scoring defense (19.8 ppg) and 26th in total defense (327.6 ypg).
  • Has guided two Boston College linebackers to Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year recognition in the last four seasons - Mark Herzlich (2008) and Luke Kuechly (2011).
  • Tutored two-time consensus All-America linebacker Luke Kuechly who earned the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the national defensive player of the year, the Butkus Award given to the nation's most outstanding linebacker, the Rotary Lombardi Award as the nation's lineman or inside linebacker of the year and the Lott Impact Trophy given to the defensive player of the year as a junior in 2012.
  • In 2008, McGovern coached a linebackers' corps that was a key part of a defense that ranked fifth in the country and first in the ACC in total defense, allowing 286.14 yards per game. The BC defense ranked in the top 10 nationally in seven different categories including interceptions (first, 26), turnovers gained (second, 36), total defense (fifth, 286.14), red zone defense (sixth, .72), rush defense (seventh, 91.2), pass efficiency defense (seventh, 98.81) and first downs defense (sixth, 14.71).
  • In 2007, was part of a Boston College staff that led the Eagles to an 11-3 record (the first Eagle team to win 11 games since 1940). The Eagles began the season 8-0 and were ranked No. 2 in the nation in both major polls. The team won the Atlantic Division of the ACC and went on to win an eighth consecutive bowl game. The Eagles finished 10th in the final AP poll, the program's best finish since the 1984 season.
  • Oversaw a 2007 linebackers' corps that included All-ACC second-team selection Jo-Lonn Dunbar and rising stars Mark Herzlich, Mike McLaughlin, Robert Francois and Kevin Akins.
  • Coached or recruited notable Boston College linebackers Frank Chamberlin, Scott Bradley, Vinny Ciurciu, Josh Ott, Ricky Brown, Ray Henderson, 2004 Big East Rookie of the Year Brian Toal, 2006 All-ACC second-team honoree Jo-Lonn Dunbar, Mark Herzlich and Luke Kuechly.
  • Has coached in 13 collegiate bowl games - 12 at Boston College and one at Pittsburgh.
  • Coached two first-team All-Big East selections at Pittsburgh - Hank Poteat and Ramon Walker - in 1999.
  • Helped guide Holy Cross to an 11-0 record in 1991.
  • Captured two Yankee Conference titles - 1988 and 1990 - while coaching at Massachusetts.
  • Began his coaching career in 1985 as freshman coach at Pennsylvania.


  • Was a four-year starter at defensive back at Holy Cross who set single-season (11) and career (24) record for interceptions for I-AA as a senior captain; earned consensus first-team All-America honors.
  • Inducted into the Holy Cross Hall of Fame in 1996.
  • Was elected to the Bergen County (N.J.) All-Century Football Team.
  • A native of Oradell, N.J.


  • LB Luke Kuechly (Boston College), Carolina
    Butkus, Nagurski, Lombardi, Lott Impact Awards recipient; two-time consensus All-American; 2012 NFL first-round choice

  • LB Mark Herzlich (Boston College), New York Giants
    Super Bowl XLVI Champion (NY Giants); 2008 ACC Defensive Player of the Year

  • LB Robert Francois (Boston College), Green Bay >Super Bowl XLV Champion (Green Bay); Four-year lettermen at BC, captured back-to-back ACC Atlantic Division titles (2007, 2008).

  • LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar (Boston College), New Orleans
    Super Bowl XLIV Champion (New Orleans); 2007 All-ACC second-team honoree


Age on Sept. 149
HometownOradell, N.J.
High SchoolBergen Catholic
CollegeHoly Cross (History, 1985)
ChildrenDaughters: Amanda, Delainey and Mackenzie

Coaching Career

1986-87Holy CrossAsst. DB
1991-92Holy CrossDB/K
1992-93MassachusettsDefensive Coord.
1994-96Boston CollegeDB
2000-08Boston CollegeLB
2009-2012Boston CollegeDefensive Coord./LB

Bowls Coached

1994Boston CollegeJeep Aloha
2000Boston CollegeJeep Aloha
2001Boston CollegeMusic City
2002Boston CollegeMotor City
2003Boston CollegeDiamond Walnut San Francisco
2004Boston CollegeContinental Tire
2005Boston CollegeMPC Computers
2006Boston CollegeMieneke Car Care
2007Boston CollegeChamps Sports
2008Boston CollegeGaylord Hotels Music City
2009Boston CollegeEmerald
2010Boston CollegeKraft Fight Hunger

Playing Experience

1981-84Holy CrossDefensive Back

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