Dec. 19, 2012
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Don Brown has been named defensive coordinator and Ryan Day has been named offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, according to an announcement made by Boston College head coach Steve Addazio.
Brown, a Spencer, Mass., native and former head coach at three different schools in New England, joins the Eagles after spending each of the last two seasons as defensive coordinator at Connecticut where he spearheaded a defense that led the Big East and ranked 10th in the nation allowing 309.9 yards per game this fall. The 2012 Huskies checked in at No. 22 among all teams in college football in scoring defense (19.8 points per game). Prior to his tenure at Connecticut, Brown served as defensive coordinator at Maryland for two years (2009-10).
"We're very excited to have Don Brown joining our Boston College family," Addazio said. "Don is a New England guy who has tremendous ties and relationships in the Northeast to go along with a great coaching resume. He's been a head coach at Northeastern. He's been a head coach at Plymouth State. He's been a head coach at the University of Massachusetts. He's had coordinator experience at Maryland in the ACC and comes to us having most recently served as the defensive coordinator at the University of Connecticut. He has tremendous character and is a great family man who is a perfect fit here at Boston College."
"Coach Addazio has presented me with a great challenge - one that I am very excited about," Brown said. "I'm excited to be back in the ACC. The positive thing for me is that I'm a New England guy. I'm from Massachusetts. Coaching at Boston College has always been a wish of mine. I'm a firm believer that you play the game on the balls of your feet, not on your heels. From day one, we're going to be aggressive. We're going to attack the line of scrimmage. We're going to get after the quarterback. We're going to play with our hair on fire on defense. I'm a big believer in playing for tackles for loss and being disruptive and making life difficult for the quarterback. We're going to attack. That's the style of defense that I've employed. We're going to fly around and attack the pass."
Brown has 12 years of head coaching experience, having served as head coach at Massachusetts (2004-08), Northeastern (2000-03), and Plymouth State (1993-95).
Under Brown's direction in 2006, the Minutemen advanced to the FCS championship and recorded a school record with 12 wins in a row. As UMass' defensive coordinator in 1998, Brown's defense played a pivotal role in the Minutemen's Division I-AA national championship.
Brown is a 1977 graduate of Norwich University and a member of its hall of fame. He also earned his master's degree from Plymouth State in 1996.
Day, who has seven years of previous experience as a coach at Boston College, returns to the Heights for his first season as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. The Manchester, N.H., native served as the wide receivers coach for the Eagles (2007-11) and as an offensive graduate assistant (2003-04). Day spent the 2012 season at Temple as the Owls' offensive coordinator under Addazio.
"Ryan is one of the bright, young minds in college football," Addazio said. "He's going to coach the quarterbacks and be the offensive coordinator. He's so excited to be back and part of the Boston College family. This is home for him. He knows Boston College and he is thrilled to back."
"He [Ryan Day] played for me and I coached with him," Oregon head coach Chip Kelly said today after the Ducks practice. "He was a great kid and one of the bright minds as well as one of the best players I have ever coached. I think he is one of the best young coaches in the country and it was just a matter of time before he was running the show, offensively, somewhere."
Under Day, the Owls' rushing attack thrived with former Boston College running back Montel Harris(1,054 yards, 5.7 yards per carry, 12 TD) leading the way.
Day's receiving corps at Boston College in 2007 helped Matt Ryan in achieving record-breaking passing totals for a single season. That season, Eagles receivers hauled in 390 receptions, 4,535 yards and 31 touchdowns from Ryan in 2007.
Day is a 2002 graduate of UNH with a bachelor's degree in business administration and a 2004 graduate of Boston College with a master's degree in administrative studies.