Feb. 11, 2000
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Bill McGovern, defensive backs coach at the University
of Pittsburgh the past three years and a former member of
the Boston College football coaching staff, has been named
linebackers coach at BC, Head Coach Tom O'Brien announced
Friday. McGovern replaces Al Golden, who left this past
week to accept a similar position at Penn State University.
"I am very pleased to announce that Bill has joined
our staff," O'Brien said. "Bill is very familiar with
Boston College football, having been a member of the BC
staff in the past. He also has had great success
recruiting in the state of New Jersey, which has been
crucial to our program the past few years."
A native of Oradell, N.J., McGovern was a four-year
starter at defensive back for Holy Cross before his
graduation in 1985. He set a single season record for
interceptions (11) for I-AA and was a consensus first-team
All-America (I-AA) selection in 1985. He is a member of
the Holy Cross Hall of Fame and has been named to the
Bergen County (N.J.) All-Century Football Team.
He began his coaching career in 1985 as freshmen coach
at the University of Pennsylvania. He served as a
part-time coach at his alma mater from 1986-87 and
defensive backs/kickers coach in 1991, defensive backs
coach at the University of Massachusetts from 1987-90 and
defensive coordinator/special teams coordinator, 1992-93,
and defensive backs coach at BC from 1994-96 (and interim
defensive coordinator in 1995) before accepting his most
recent position, at Pittsburgh, in 1997.
While at BC, McGovern played a crucial role in
recruiting New Jersey natives Pedro Cirino, Frank
Chamberlin, Anthony DiCosmo and Mike Guazzo to Boston
College. At Pittsburgh, he recruited Gerald Hayes, Ryan
Gonsales and Saul Freund, all from New Jersey, to play for
This past season, two of McGovern's players (Hank
Poteat and Ramone Walker) were first-team All-BIG EAST
"I am extremely excited about the opportunity to come
back to Boston College," McGovern says. "It is a great
University in a great city. I am looking forward to
joining coach O'Brien's staff and trying to continue the
outstanding job they have done the past three years."