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Fitch, Washington Named Football Assistant Coaches

Al Washington will serve as running backs coach on Steve Addazio's staff in 2013.

Al Washington will serve as running backs coach on Steve Addazio's staff in 2013.

Jan. 15, 2013

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Todd Fitch has been named wide receivers coach and Al Washington has been named running backs coach, Boston College head football coach Steve Addazio announced today.

Fitch, a veteran with 26 years of coaching experience, comes to Boston College from South Florida where he has served as offensive coordinator for each of the last three seasons. Prior to South Florida, Fitch spent three seasons as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at East Carolina.

"Todd is a guy I've known a long time," Addazio said. "He's been a coordinator at USF, he's been a coordinator at East Carolina. He's been a wide receivers coach, quarterbacks coach at South Carolina. He's been at Iowa State with Dan McCarney. He has coached with and worked with guys that I am very good friends with. He's got a tremendous depth of knowledge in the throw game. He's been involved in a lot of similar philosophies that I've been involved with. We both have a broad-based background. He'll be tremendous addition to our offensive staff and have a great emphasis on the throw game with Ryan [Day]."

Fitch has also worked under legendary head coaches Don Nehlen, Earle Bruce and Lou Holtz during his career, which spans back to 1986 and has included stops at his alma mater Ohio Wesleyan, Bowling Green, West Virginia and Colorado State. Before arriving at ECU, Fitch spent three seasons as a member of the Iowa State staff as quarterbacks coach.

Fitch was South Carolina's quarterbacks coach in 2003 after a year as running backs coach and three seasons as wide receivers coach - all under head coach Lou Holtz and offensive coordinator Skip Holtz - where he helped lead the Gamecocks to consecutive Outback Bowl victories in 2001 and 2002.

Fitch came to the South Carolina program from Connecticut, where he worked under head coach Skip Holtz during his five-year tenure from 1994 to 1998. He coordinated the Huskies' offense in his final three years.

Fitch, an Ohio native, is a 1986 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan, where he was a three-year starter at defensive back and an all-league performer in 1985. Following his playing career, Fitch moved on to an assistant coaching position at Ohio Wesleyan from 1986-87 before accepting a graduate assistant position at Bowling Green for one year in 1988 and a volunteer coaching position at West Virginia in 1989. He moved on to Colorado State in 1992, where he worked as the running backs coach and special teams coordinator for two seasons.

Washington completed his first season as assistant special teams coach and assistant defensive line coach at Boston College this fall. He came to Boston College after serving as linebackers coach at Elon University for one season (2011).

"I think Al is a tremendous guy with a lot of passion for Boston College," Addazio said. "I think he's got a lot of energy. He came here. He played here. He's had the BC experience. He gets it here. I'm hiring him to coach the running backs."

Prior to his time at Elon (under the direction of head coach Jason Swepson), Washington spent the previous two seasons as the defensive line coach at Slippery Rock University which won 12 games in that span, including a pair of wins against top-25 foes.

A Columbus, Ohio, native, Washington served as North Carolina State University's defensive graduate assistant for one season (2008) and coached at Division III Rensselaer Polytechnic Institution (RPI) in 2007.

As a player, Washington was a three-year starter at defensive tackle and four-year letterman at Boston College (2002-05) who earned the Paul Cavanaugh Award in 2006, given annually to the player whose on and off the field accomplishments speak volumes about his commitment, outlook, volunteer work, ethics and work in the community and on the team.

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