Frank Spaziani looking to win with 5 new assistants
Posted by: Pete Roussel on May 25, 2012
Boston College head coach Frank Spaziani will enter the 2012 season with five new assistant coaches. It's a challenge to win consistently at Boston College, but without staff continuity, the task becomes even more difficult.
Spaziani told Jack Arute and Randy Cross on the SiriusXM College Football Playbook on Friday, "You look at the successful programs year in and year out, you're going to find a lot of continuity there. Take our conference, for example. Virginia Tech didn't get good overnight. Those guys have been there forever. Frank (Beamer) has been there forever. That's the kind of stuff that breeds success. Yeah, you're always going to have some change, guys are going to move, they got ambition and want to move on, but the core philosophy and the core attitude has to be there. The continuity has to be there."
No longer with the program from the 2011 season are Kevin Rogers, Dave Brock, Ben Sirmans, Ryan Day, and Mike Dawson.
Former New Mexico State offensive coordinator Doug Martin takes over as offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach. Former Ohio State offensive coordinator Jim Bollman will serve as offensive line / run game coordinator. Former Columbia wide receivers coach Aaron Smith will coach the wide receivers coach, while former Elon University linebackers coach Al Washington is the new assistant defensive line / assistant special teams coach. Spaziani also hired Miami (FL) assistant director of football operations Sean Desai as running backs / special teams coach.
In three seasons under Spaziani, the program has finished 8-5, 7-6, and 4-8. While the local professional teams (Celtics, Patriots, Red Sox) attract rabid interest, Spaziani downplayed the notion of little interest in Boston College football.
Spaziani said, "It's seem very logical, but there is a core of people here. There's a niche of people that care and want to make sure that we're putting our best foot forward, we're excelling... you know, the Jesuit philosophy here 'Ever to Excel.' We have a core of fans and core of people that really care. Yes, there is a little diversity here with the professional teams, but that doesn't undermine anything that we're trying to accomplish here. If anything, our people are just as excited and motivated to have a good football program as anywhere in the country."
He continued, "I don't want to revisit history, but a couple of years ago, we were the #2 in the nation. It was one of the best stories going around. That's not flying under the radar. I mean, it can be done here and it will be done. And that's what we need to do. We're in a great place with a lot of advantages that other schools don't have."
Boston College opens the 2012 season by hosting Miami (FL), a team the Eagles defeated the end the 2011 season.
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