Is entering his 42nd year in coaching and his third as defensive backs coach at Boston College under Steve Addazio; is in his third stint with the Eagles. Also coached the defensive backs at the Heights from 2003-06, and served as outside linebackers and special teams coach from 1981-90.
Instrumental to a program that achieved back-to-back, seven-win seasons in 2013 and 2014 and advanced to the 2013 AdvoCare v100 Independence Bowl and the 2014 New Era Pinstripe Bowl on the heels of a 2-10 campaign in 2012; the five-win improvement from 2012 to 2013 tied for fourth-best in the FBS
Has coached in 14 collegiate bowl games, including 10 as an assistant coach at Boston College – two under head coach Steve Addazio (the 2013 AdvoCare v100 Independence Bowl, the 2014 New Era Pinstripe Bowl), four under head coach Tom O’Brien (the 2006 Meineke Car Car Bowl, 2005 MPC Computers Bowl, the 2004 Continental Tire Bowl, the 2003 Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl) and four under head coach Jack Bicknell (the 1986 Hall of Fame Bowl, the 1985 Cotton Bowl, the 1983 Liberty Bowl, and the 1982 Tangerine Bowl).
Mentored Justin Simmons and Manuel Asprilla in 2014 as they were two of the top three BC tacklers, registering 76 (63 solo) and 70 (56 solo), respectively.
Served as an outside linebackers and special teams coach for 10 seasons (1981-90) in his first tenure at Boston College under head coach Jack Bicknell; coached the defensive backs during his second stint at Boston College (2003-06) under head coach Tom O'Brien
Rejoined the Boston College staff after having served as defensive coordinator at Columbia (2012) and Central Connecticut State (2011)
Spent four seasons (2007-10) as a defensive backs coach at the University of Maryland
Helped direct an impressive pass defense at Maryland in 2007 as the Terrapins yielded just 210.7 yards per game to rank 33rd in the country in pass defense.
Coached nine players that have gone on to play in the National Football League
Groomed defensive backs for more than two decades and has guided players to All-ACC, All-WAC, All-Ivy League, All-ECAC and All-American honors.
Guided a BC pass defense that made 21 interceptions to tie for third nationally in 2006, trailing only Western Michigan (24) and Wake Forest (22). BC also had 17 interceptions in 2004 which led the Big East.
Tutored cornerback DeJuan Tribble and strong safety Ryan Glasper to All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors in 2006
Won bowl games with BC every season from 2003-06
Returned to Boston College from the University of Hawai'i, where he served as defensive coordinator from 2000-02
Helped lead the 2001 Hawai'i team to a 9-3 finish with four of its defensive players earning All-WAC honors. The 2002 team finished 10-4 and played in the ConAgra Foods Hawai'i Bowl
Served as a defensive assistant with the San Diego Chargers (1997-99) and as a defensive backs coach and later defensive coordinator at Dartmouth College (1991-96) after his first stint with BC
Guided the defensive backs for Bicknell at the University of Maine from 1977-80 prior to his first job with the Heights
Began his coaching career as a wide receivers coach at Wesleyan (1976) and Southern Connecticut State (1974-75)
Played wide receiver for four seasons and started for two years at Southern Connecticut State from 1970-73.
Garnered Eastern Football Conference first-team honors.
Earned a bachelor's of science degree from Southern Connecticut State in 1974 and a master's of education from the University of Maine in 1978.
Is a native of Hartford, Conn.
NOTABLE PROFESSIONALS COACHED
DB Kevin Barnes (Maryland)
Third round selection of Washington in the 2009 NFL Draft
DB Will Blackmon (Boston College), Seattle Seahawks
Fourth round selection of Green Bay in the 2006 NFL Draft; Super Bowl XLVI champion with the NY Giants
DB Nolan Carroll (Maryland), Miami Dolphins
Fifth round selection of Miami in the 2010 NFL Draft
DB Lloyd Lee (Dartmouth)
Played safety for San Diego in 1998; played safety at Dartmouth from 1994-98
DB Jamie Silva (Boston College)
Consensus All-America first-team selection in 2007; Jim Thorpe Award finalist; Champ Sports Bowl MVP
THE LEMPA FILE
Date of Birth
July 17, 1952
Age (as of Sept. 1)
Southern Connecticut State (B.S., 1974)
Maine (M.Ed., 1978)