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 Steve Addazio
Steve  Addazio
Position:
Head Coach

Experience:
Third Year at Boston College

07/22/2015

Eagles Set for 2015 after #ACCKickoff

Mehdi Abdesmad, Harris Williams, Steve Addazio all talk football at Pinehurst

06/04/2015

Eagles Host Georgia Tech in Ireland in 2016

Aer Lingus College Football Classic between the Eagles and Yellow Jackets set for Aviva Stadium on Sept. 3, 2016

02/14/2015

Fitch Promoted to Offensive Coordinator; Football Hires White as WR Coach

The two combine for over 50 years of coaching experience

12/17/2014

Football Meets Media to Talk Pinstripe Bowl

The Eagles welcomed bowl executive director mark Holtzman to The Heights

11/29/2014

Football Ends Regular Season with Win over Syracuse

Tyler Murphy breaks ACC single-season quarterback rushing record

12/27/2014

Boston College vs. Penn State

NEW ERA PINSTRIPE BOWL Football USATSI photos -- 12/27/14

11/01/2014

Football vs. Virginia Tech

NCAA Football: Boston College at Virginia Tech (USATSI)

09/20/2014

Boston College vs. Maine

The Eagles take on Main at home

09/13/2014

Football vs. USC

NCAA Football: Southern California at Boston College (USATSI)

09/05/2014

Boston College vs. Pittsburgh

USATSI gallery - 9/5/14

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. 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. In what were supposed to be rebuilding years, Addazio has led the Eagles to back-to-back seven-win seasons and two consecutive bowl games.

When Addazio took over the BC football program in 2013, the team had won a total of six games the previous two seasons; BC fans knew the rebuilding process would take time, but few would have predicted the Eagles would receive back-to-back bowl invitations in Addazio's first two years as head coach.

Earning a postseason bowl berth in 2014 seemed a long shot last summer following the departure of all-time rushing leader and Heisman Trophy finalist Andre Williams, four-year starting quarterback Chase Rettig and other key players. Picked by media to finish fifth in the ACC's Atlantic Division, the team surprised many by posting its second consecutive seven-win season and, in fact, falling a few yards and several plays short of finishing with a 10-2 mark. The season was highlighted by a prime-time upset of No. 9 USC, dominating the Trojans 506-337 in total offense, and a nailbiter in which the Eagles had a chance to upend undefeated Florida State in Tallahassee, a game FSU won by a last-second field goal after the Eagles had missed the go-ahead kick just minutes before.

The Boston College offense flourished with the run game; the Eagles averaged 254.7 yards per game on the ground, second in the ACC to Georgia Tech's triple option, and 14th in the nation. Graduate Tyler Murphy was a difference maker as a dual-threat quarterback. Murphy broke BC record for career rushing yards by a quarterback in just nine games and went on to break the ACC's single-season rushing record by a quarterback. In the Eagles' upset of USC, Murphy carried the ball 13 times for 191 yards and a touchdown. Freshman running back Jon Hilliman set the Eagles' freshman record for rushing attempts, tallied two touchdowns in five games in his first season at BC and at least one in eight of the final 11 games.

As prolific as the BC offense was rushing the ball, the defense was equally stingy against the run. The Eagles allowed a mere 94.5 yards per game on the ground (second-best in the nation) and finished third in the league and 14th in the nation in total defense. The Eagles held their opponents to fewer than 100 rushing yards in eight games. Three times in 2014, opponents gained just 20 rushing yards or fewer; in back-to-back victories over USC and Maine, the Trojans could only muster 20 total rushing yards while the Black Bears tallied 16. Junior defensive back Justin Simmons had a breakout year to lead the team in tackles with 76 (63 solo) with junior linebacker Steven Daniels close behind with 72.

Seven members of the 2014 BC team earned spots on the All-ACC team. Center Andy Gallik led the way as a first-team nod on the offensive side of the ball. He was joined by Hilliman and tackle Seth Betancourt on the third team, while tackle Ian Silberman and guard Bobby Vardaro earned honorable mention. On defense, tackle Connor Wujciak took home third-team honors and linebacker Josh Keyes earned honorable mention. Silberman, Gallik and defensive end Brian Mihalik were drafted while five more Eagles signed free agent contracts.

From the moment he was hired, Addazio said the Eagles would run the football and in 2013 he proved it. 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 14 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 -- running back Bernard Pierce (third round), tight end Evan Rodriguez (fourth round), and linebacker Tahir Whitehead (fifth round) -- 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).

YEAR-BY-YEAR COACHING RECORD

School Year Record
Boston College 2013 7-6
Boston College 2014 7-6
Totals 14-12
Temple 2012 4-7
Temple 2011 9-4
Totals 13-11

COACHING CAREER

Years School Position
2013-15 Boston College Head Coach
2011-12 Temple Head Coach
2010 Florida Associate Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
2009 Florida Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
2008 Florida Assistant Head Coach//Offensive Coordinator
2007-08 Florida Offensive Line 
2005-06 Florida Offensive Line (Tackles & Tight Ends)
2004 Indiana Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
2002-03 Indiana Offensive Line
1999-2001 Notre Dame Offensive Line (Tackles & Tight Ends)/Specia Teams
1997-98 Syracuse Offensive Line
1995-96 Syracuse Tight Ends/Assistant Offensive Line
1988-94 Cheshire (CT) HS Head Coach
1985-87 Western Conn. State Offensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator

BOWLS COACHED


Bowl Date Score
New Era Pinstripe Dec. 27, 2014 Penn State 31, Boston College 30 (OT)
Advocare V100 Dec. 31, 2013 Arizona 42, Boston College 19
Gildan New Mexico Dec. 17, 2011 Temple 27, Wyoming 15
Outback Jan. 1, 2011 Florida 37, Penn State 24
Sugar Jan. 1, 2010 Florida 51, Cincinnati 24
BCS Nat'l Championship Jan. 8, 2009 Florida 24, Oklahoma 14
Capital One Jan. 1, 2008 Michigan 41, Florida 35
BCS Nat'l Championship Jan. 8, 2007 Florida 41, Ohio State 14
Outback Jan. 2, 2006 Florida 31, Iowa 24
Fiesta Jan. 1, 2001 Oregon State 41, Notre Dame 9
Orange Jan. 2, 1999 Florida 31, Syracuse 10
Fiesta Dec. 31, 1997 Kansas State 35, Syracuse 18
Liberty Dec. 27, 1996 Syracuse 30, Houston 17
Gator Jan. 1, 1996 Syracuse 41, Clemson 0

PLAYING EXPERIENCE


1978-81* Central Connecticut State Offensive Line

* Four-year starter; earned tryouts with the NFL's New England Patriots, USFL's Jacksonville Bulls and CFL's Ottawa Roughriders


PERSONAL

Birthdate June 1, 1959
Age 56
Hometown Farmington, Conn
High School Farmington
College Central Connecticut State University (B.A., Physical Education, 1981); Central Connecticut State (M.A., Physical Education, 1985)
Wife Kathleen Donoghue
Children Nicole, Jessica, Louie

NOTABLE PROFESSIONALS COACHED

  • QB Tyler Murphy (Boston College), Pittsburgh
  • Atlantic Coast Conference's single-season leader in quarterback rushing yards and BC's career leader; signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh
  • RB Andre Williams (Boston College), NY Giants
  • Consensus All-American, Doak Walker Award winner and Heisman Trophy finalist; drafted in the fourth round by the New York Giants
  • 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 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
  • 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 (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) Philadelphia
  • 2007 Heisman Trophy Winner; 2007 & 2008 All-American and two-time SEC Offensive Player of the Year; first-round selection by the Denver Broncos
  • QB Tim Tebow (Florida) Philadelphia
  • 2007 Heisman Trophy Winner; 2007 & 2008 All-American and two-time SEC Offensive Player of the Year; first-round selection by the Denver Broncos

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