One of Steve Addazio’s goals for the 2014 Boston College Eagles is getting his team back in a bowl game.
Of course, if you ask the coach himself, his goal is to win championships every year. It is unrealistic even for the best programs, but there is nothing wrong with that mentality.
In fact, it is Steve Addazio’s mentality and approach to the game that has helped restore the Eagles football program.
When Addazio was hired in late 2012, it took the new coach time to win people over, but he did so before he coached a game with his fiery, passionate demeanor and more importantly, his strong commitment to recruiting. As we approach the 2014 season, with inbound players like Harold Landry, Jon Hilliman, and others, a turnaround might be starting and hard work on the trail is paying off.
Steve Addazio’s first season on the Heights resulted in the team’s first winning season since 2010 and a bowl appearance. One of the most dramatic changes that came with Addazio was the change in offensive identity, accompanied by a restoration of “O-Line U.” Under Addazio, the run game came back with a vengeance, producing the best individual rushing season Boston College has ever seen by Andre Williams, a Heisman Trophy finalist.
In 2014, some of the faces are different but the goals are the same.
Head Coach Steve Addazio: Fast Facts
- 2nd season at Boston College
- Coaching record at Boston College: 7-6 (4-4)
- Coaching record all-time: 20-17
- Previous head coaching stops: Temple
- Also an assistant at: Florida, Indiana, Notre Dame, Syracuse
- Alma mater: Central Connecticut State B.A. ’81, M.A. ’85
Head Coach Steve Addazio: 2013 Season
- Record: 7-6 (4-4)
- Increased win total from 2 to 7, one of the biggest one-year jumps in program history
- Earned berth in 2013 AdvoCare V100 Bowl
Addazio knows that he will again experience some challenges in 2014 with a roster that has some depth holes (and will for the next few years until his recruiting can replenish it). Yet, he won games in 2013 when very few expected anything out of the stable of players he had at his disposal.
Boston College is perhaps not as underrated in 2014 as they were in 2013, but Addazio has done well at getting his players to believe that they can succeed. Even if the Eagles fall short of a bowl this season, right now, the consensus is that things are moving in the right direction.
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