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
Associate Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line
Offensive Line (Tackles & Tight Ends)
Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
Offensive Line (Tackles & Tight Ends)/Special Teams
Tight Ends/Assistant Offensive Line
HS Head Coach
Western Connecticut State
Offensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator
Jan. 1, 1996
Syracuse 41, Clemson 0
Dec. 27, 1996
Syracuse 30, Houston 17
Dec. 31, 1997
Kansas State 35, Syracuse 18
Jan. 2, 1999
Florida 31, Syracuse 10
Jan. 1, 2001
Oregon State 41, Notre Dame 9
Jan. 2, 2006
Florida 31, Iowa 24
BCS Nat'l Championship
Jan. 8, 2007
Florida 41, Ohio State 14
Jan. 1, 2008
Michigan 41, Florida 35
BCS Nat'l Championship
Jan. 8, 2009
Florida 24, Oklahoma 14
Jan. 1, 2010
Florida 51, Cincinnati 24
Jan. 1, 2011
Florida 37, Penn State 24
Gildan New Mexico
Dec. 17, 2011
Temple 37, Wyoming 15
Dec. 31, 2013
Arizona 42, Boston College 19
Central Connecticut State
* Four-year starter; earned tryouts with the NFL's New England Patriots, USFL's Jacksonville Bulls, and CFL's Ottawa Roughriders
June 1, 1959
Age of Sept. 1
Connecticut State University (B.A., Physical Education, 1981)
Central Connecticut State (M.A., Physical Education, 1985)
Nicole, Jessica, Louie
NOTABLE PLAYERS COACHED
RB Bernard Pierce (Temple), Baltimore: Three-time first-team All-Mid-American Conference selection and Heisman Trophy candidate
RB Matt Brown (Temple), Tampa Bay: Two-time All-MAC selection; led the team in rushing in 2010
DE Morkeith Brown (Temple) Team captain; third-team All-MAC; named team's most improved player
S Kevin Kroboth (Temple) Third-team All-MAC; three-year starter
DE Adrian Robinson (Temple), Pittsburgh: Three-time first-team All-MAC honoree; 2009 MAC Defensive Player of the Year; fifth-round selection of the Detroit Lions in the 2012 NFL Draft
TE Evan Rodriguez (Temple) Two-time first-team All-MAC honoree; played in the 2012 East-West Shrine Game.
LB Tahir Whitehead (Temple), Detroit: Team captain; Second-team All-MAC honoree; Defensive MVP of the 2011 Gildan New Mexico Bowl
C Mike Pouncey (Florida), Miami: First round selection of Miami in the 2011 NFL Draft; 2009 first-team All-America and All-SEC honoree; 2009 BCS national champion
OT Marcus Gilbert (Univ. of Florida), Pittsburgh: Second round selection of Pittsburgh in the 2011 NFL Draft; Steelers rookie of the year in 2011; 2009 BCS national champion
C Maurkice Pouncey (Florida), Pittsburgh: First round selection of Pittsburgh in the 2010 NFL Draft; 2009 Rimington Trophy recipient, consensus All-American; 2009 BCS national champion
QB Tim Tebow (Florida), New England: 2007 Heisman Trophy Winner; 2007 & 2008 All-American and two-time SEC Offensive Player of the Year
LT Phil Trautwein (Florida) Two-time All-SEC selection and 2008 Sports Illustrated second-team All-American.
LT EnochDeMar (Indiana) Three-time All-Big Ten selection who started in the 2002 Hula Bowl; All-Big Ten four times
WR Courtney Roby (Indiana) Indiana's all-time career leader in receptions (170) and receiving yards (2,524); 2004 All-Big Ten second-team choice in 2004; third round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans
TE Jabari Holloway (Notre Dame) Named to 2000 preseason All-Independent teams by The Sporting News and Football News
TE Dan O'Leary (Notre Dame) Led all 2000 Notre Dame receivers in playing time and caught 10 passes for 87 yards and one touchdown.
OT Mark Baniewicz (Syracuse) Two-time Academic All-American; team captain; 1999 All-BIG EAST honoree; 1999 Draddy Trophy Finalist
OG Scott Kiernan (Syrcause) First-team All-Big East offensive guard
TE Roland Williams (Syracuse) Started every game as a senior for the Orange in 2000
NFL PLAYERS COACHED (Round Drafted)
TE Kaseem Sinceno (FA) - Syracuse '98 - Philadelphia Eagles
TE Roland Williams (4th) - Syracuse '98 - St. Louis Rams
OL Scott Kiernan (FA) - Syracuse '99 - New York Giants
OT Mark Baniewicz (7th) - Syracuse '00 - Jacksonville Jaguars
TE Jabari Holloway (4th) - Notre Dame '01- New England Patriots
TE Dan O'Leary (6th) - Notre Dame '01 - Buffalo Bills
OG P.J. Alexander (FA) - Syracuse '02 - Denver Broncos
TE John Owens (5th) - Notre Dame '02 - Detroit Lions
OG Kurt Vollers (FA) - Notre Dame '02 - Indianapolis Colts
OT Jordan Black (5th) - Notre Dame '03 - Kansas City Chiefs
OT Brennan Curtin (6th) - Notre Dame '03 - Green Bay Packers
C Jeff Faine (1st) - Notre Dame '03 - Cleveland Browns
OT Enoch DeMar (FA) - Indiana '03 - Cleveland Browns
OG Sean Mahan (5th) - Notre Dame '03 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
OT Jim Molinaro (7th) - Notre Dame '04 - Washington Redskins
WR Courtney Roby (3rd) - Indiana '05 - Tennessee Titans
OT Randy Hand (FA) - Florida '06 - New England Patriots
OT Isaac Sowells (4th) - Indiana '06 - Cleveland Browns
OT Tavares Washington (FA) - Florida '06 - San Francisco 49ers
C Drew Miller (FA) - Florida '08 - Jacksonville Jaguars
OT Carlton Medder (FA) - Florida '08 - Arizona Cardinals
QB Tim Tebow (1st) - Florida '09 - Denver Broncos
C Maurkice Pouncey (1st) - Florida '09 - Pittsburgh Steelers
OT Phil Trautwein (FA) - Florida '09 - St. Louis Rams
OT Jason Watkins (FA) - Florida '09 - Houston Texans
C Mike Pouncey (1st) - Florida '10 - Miami Dolphins
OT Marcus Gilbert (2nd) - Florida '11 - Pittsburgh Steelers
OT Maurice Hurt (7th) - Florida '11 - Washington Redskins
RB Bernard Pierce (3rd) - Temple '13 - Baltimore Ravens
TE Evan Rodriguez (4th) - Temple '12 -Chicago Bears
LB Tahir Whitehead (5th) - Temple '12 - Detroit Lions
TE Matt Balasavage (FA) - Temple '12 - Baltimore Ravens
OL Pat Boyle (FA) - Temple '12 - Detroit Lions
DE Morkeith Brown (FA) - Temple '12 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
OL Derek Dennis (FA) - Temple '12 - Miami Dolphins
LB Stephen Johnson (FA) - Temple '12 - New Orleans Saints
DE Adrian Robinson (FA) - Temple '12 - Pittsburgh Steelers
QB Chester Stewart (FA) - Temple '12 - Baltimore Ravens
WR Rod Streater (FA) - Temple '12 - Oakland Raiders
OL Wayne Tribue (FA) - Temple '12 - Denver Broncos
DB Maurice Jones (FA) - Temple '13 - Chicago Bears
PL/P Brandon McManus (FA) - Temple '13 - Indianapolis Colts
OL Martin Wallace (FA) - Temple '13 - Cleveland Browns
DE John Youboty (FA) - Temple '13 - Denver Broncos
RB Matt Brown (FA) - Temple '13 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
RB Andre Williams (4th) - Boston College '14 - New York Giants
LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (4th) - Boston College '14 - Seattle Seahawks
PK Nate Freese (7th) - Boston College '14 - Detroit Lions
DT Kaleb Ramsey (7th) - Boston College '14 - San Francisco 49ers
QB Chase Rettig (FA) - Boston College '14 - Green Bay Packers
FB Jake Sinkovec (FA) - Boston College '14 - Baltimore Ravens
DE Kasim Edebali (FA) - Boston College '14 - New Orleans Saints
LB Steele Divitto (FA) - Boston College '14 - New York Jets
OT Matt Patchan (FA) - Boston College '14 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
OT Ian White (FA) - Boston College '14 - San Diego Chargers