A look ahead, featuring Boston College's final opponent of the regular season
Dominique Williams named this year's recipient of McGillis Memorial Scholarship
Senior defensive back Dominque Williams of Brockton, Mass. earns annual honor
Fourteen former players participate; 30 NFL teams represented
Boston College vs. Virginia Tech - UTSI
Andre Williams runs for 172 yards, but Eagles fall 34-10 on the road.
BC started strong, but couldn't hold on and No. 8 FSU earned a 48-34 win at Alumni Stadium.
Andre Williams runs for 149 yards and Chase Rettig throws four touchdown passes in 48-34 loss.
Steve Addazio was named Boston College's 35th head football coach in December of 2012 and wasted no time making his mark on the program.
Now in his 28th season as a football coach, Addazio took over an Eagles program that had suffered back-to-back losing seasons for the first time in 14 years (including a 2-10 mark in 2012) and engineered a remarkable turnaround. The 2013 Eagles won seven games en route to their first bowl game appearance in three seasons while Addazio and his staff broke new ground in recruiting and social media. He has overseen renovations and overhauls to BC's football facilities and implemented new programs and traditions to bond the student-athletes with the student body and fans.
From the moment he was hired, Addazio said the Eagles would run the football and in 2013 he proved it. Senior running back Andre Williams led the nation in rushing, earned the Doak Walker Award as the nation's premier running back and took a trip to New York as one of six finalists for the Heisman Trophy. Williams, a consensus All-America selection, finished the season ranked fifth among all FBS running backs in the history of college football in single-season rushing yards with 2,177. The ground game was accompanied by a solid passing game led by quarterback Chase Rettig and receiver Alex Amidon, who established school records for receptions and receiving yards. Ten players from that team were either drafted or signed NFL free agency contracts in 2014, including Williams (fourth round, New York Giants), linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis (fourth, Seattle Seahawks), place-kicker Nate Freese (seventh, Detroit Lions) and defensive tackle Kaleb Ramsey (seventh, San Francisco 49ers).
Off the field, Addazio's big personality played well with his team at a time it was sorely needed. "He genuinely cares about the students," Athletics Director Brad Bates said. "He can be incredibly demanding on the players on and off the field because there's that sincerity in what he does."
Addazio's coaching pedigree includes 13 postseason bowl games (including six BCS bowl games) and two national titles while on the coaching staff at the University of Florida (a 41-14 win over Ohio State on Jan. 8, 2007 in Glendale, Ariz., and a 24-14 win over Oklahoma on Jan. 8, 2009 in Miami, Fla.).
Prior to his arrival in Chestnut Hill, Addazio led the Temple University Owls in a two-year period of success, transition and growth. Addazio coached the Owls to a nine-win campaign and a bowl victory for the first time in 32 seasons in his first year as head coach. His 2011 team finished the season with a 9-4 record, earning a second-place finish in the Mid-American Conference East Division and capturing a 37-15 victory over Wyoming in the New Mexico Bowl--Temple's first bowl victory since Wayne Hardin led the Owls to a 38-3 win over California in the 1979 Garden State Bowl. On Addazio's watch, three Temple players were selected in the 2012 NFL Draft - RB Bernard Pierce (3rd round), TE Evan Rodriguez (4th), and LB Tahir Whitehead (5th) - and nine signed free agent contracts. Meanwhile, Addazio spearheaded the school's 2012 recruiting class to a No.1 ranking in the Mid-American Conference by Rivals.com.
Shortly thereafter, in March 2012, Temple announced that it would move from the Mid-American Conference to the Big East Conference for football that fall. While guiding the program through its transition in conference affiliation, Addazio led the team to victories in each of its first two Big East Conference games (against South Florida and Connecticut), later posting a 63-point, school-record scoring output against Army before finishing the 2012 campaign with a 4-7 record.
Prior to leading the Owls, Addazio spent six seasons (2005-10) at Florida under head coach Urban Meyer, serving as offensive coordinator in 2009-10 and interim head coach from Dec. 2009 to July 2010. During his tenure in Gainesville, the Gators participated in six postseason bowls and won two BCS national championships. Addazio joined the Gators' staff as tight ends coach in 2005 and also served as offensive line, tackles and tight ends coach (2006), offensive line coach (2007) and offensive assistant head coach (2008) prior to being named offensive coordinator.
Addazio tutored Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Tim Tebow and directed an offense with a total of seven NFL draftees, including first-round picks Mike and Maurkice Pouncey, two of the most elite offensive linemen in Florida history. Florida finished the 2009 season ranked first in the SEC in total offense and second in rushing offense, passing offense and scoring offense. In 2009, the Gators were the only team in the nation to rush for more than 3,000 yards and pass for more than 3,000 yards. Addazio completed his tenure at Florida on Jan. 1, 2011, coaching the Gators to a 37-24 win over Penn State in the Outback Bowl.
Addazio began his Division I college football coaching career in 1995 at Syracuse. The Orange won three consecutive Big East crowns and appeared in bowl games during each of his four years before he assumed assistant coaching duties at Notre Dame, where he served as offensive line, tight ends and special teams coach from 1999-2001. Addazio moved on to serve as offensive line coach then offensive coordinator during a three-year stint at Indiana (2002-04) before joining the staff at Florida.
Prior to his Division I collegiate coaching career, he served as one of the nation's top high school coaches at Cheshire High School in Cheshire, Conn., from 1988-95. There, his teams won 34 consecutive games, three state titles in a row and were nationally ranked in 1992 and 1994.
A native of Farmington, Conn., Addazio, 55, began his coaching career at Western Connecticut State University, where he served as an assistant coach under Paul Pasqualoni from 1984-87.
A graduate of Central Connecticut State University, Addazio earned a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1981. A four-year starter for the Blue Devils on the offensive and defensive lines, Addazio completed a master's degree in 1985. Addazio earned tryouts with the New England Patriots, the Jacksonville Bulls of the USFL, and the Ottawa Roughriders of the CFL.
Born June 1, 1959, Addazio is married to the former Kathleen Donoghue. They have three children - Nicole, Jessica and Louie (a tight end on the BC football team).
THE ADDAZIO FILE
YEAR-BY-YEAR COACHING RECORD
At Boston College
NOTABLE PLAYERS COACHED
NFL PLAYERS COACHED (Round Drafted)
TE Kaseem Sinceno (FA) - Syracuse '98 - Philadelphia Eagles