Dec. 21, 2012
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Frank Leonard has been named tight ends coach and Frank Piraino has been named head football strength and conditioning coach, according to an announcement made by Boston College head coach Steve Addazio.
Leonard, a 28-year veteran of the collegiate and professional coaching ranks, joins the Eagles after spending the 2012 season as the tight ends coach at Temple. Leonard previously coached the tight ends for the St. Louis Rams for three seasons (2009-11) and spent two seasons also coaching the tight ends at Kansas State (2007-08). Prior to Kansas State, Leonard served as a special assignment scout with the New England Patriots under Scott Pioli and Thomas Dimitroff for three seasons (2004-06).
"Frank Leonard and I have known each other since college," Addazio said. "We were college teammates. We started coaching together at Western Connecticut State University under Paul Pasqualoni. We've spent so many years and hours together. We're completely aligned. He's a high-energy guy, and he's a relationship guy. He's a tremendous teacher, a tremendous fundamental teacher. He comes with great background at the college level and the NFL level. He brings a great level of experience and passion to the game."
Leonard joined the Patriots staff after 10 seasons at the University of Richmond (1994-2003), serving the Spiders as the offensive line coach for eight seasons (1994, 1997-2003) and as the team's running backs coach for two years (1995-96). Previously, Leonard coached at the University of Connecticut (1990-93), Western Connecticut (1982-84, 1987-90), and at his alma mater Central Connecticut State (1985-86).
A 1981 graduate of Central Connecticut State, Leonard played defensive back for the Blue Devils from 1976-80.
Piraino spent each of the last two seasons as head strength and conditioning coach at Temple. In 2010, he was the head strength and conditioning coach for football at Marshall University. Prior to joining the Marshall staff, he served on the strength and conditioning staff at the University of Florida for five years.
"I've known Frank Piraino since my days at Notre Dame," Addazio said. "He was an assistant at Notre Dame and came as an assistant to the University of Florida. He went to Marshall for a brief stint then came with me to Temple. He's a tremendous strength coach. He has great respect nationally. Our philosophies are completely aligned in terms of strength and conditioning, and I couldn't be happier to have someone of Frank's caliber here at Boston College."
Piraino served as the strength and conditioning coordinator for Florida baseball in 2008. Additionally, Piraino assisted in all aspects of the Gator football strength and conditioning program from January 2005 to January 2010. Florida football captured a pair of national championships and Southeastern Conference titles in both 2006 and 2008, under the direction of head coach Urban Meyer. Prior to his tenure in Gainesville, Piraino served as a strength and conditioning assistant at Notre Dame in 2004.
As a graduate assistant at Michigan State from 2003-04, Piraino assisted in the planning and execution of the strength and conditioning programs for the men's and women's basketball and hockey teams as well as the football team.
From 2000-03, Piraino served as an assistant football coach at Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. At Walsh, he coached the defensive ends, assisted in opponent scouting, and coordinated pre-game and pre-practice warm-ups.
Piraino's introduction to strength and conditioning came in 2000-01 as he completed an internship with the Cleveland Indians. At the Indians, he assisted in the conditioning of the team's major and minor league players.
Piraino is a 2002 graduate of the University of Akron with a bachelor's degree in sport and exercise science. He earned his master's degree in sport administration from Michigan State in 2004.