Behind every head coach is an army of assistants. The Boston College offensive coaches in 2014 will get to work with a new starting quarterback, running back, and wide receivers.
Some might not envy them their task, in that there was talent lost from last season, but there has also been talent gained coming into this one. It will be up to these men to help mold these players into winners.
Boston College Offensive Coaches: Ryan Day, Offensive Coordinator
Day is in his second year as the Eagles’ offensive coordinator, in his third stint with the team. He started with Boston College later in the Tom O’Brien era, serving as a graduate assistant in 2003 and 2004.
Ryan Day then worked with Steve Addazio at Florida in 2005, being named wide receivers coach for Temple in 2006 before taking the same job with the Eagles in 2007. He served under Jeff Jagodzinski and Frank Spaziani until rejoining Addazio at Temple as his offensive coordinator in 2012, then coming back to the Heights for a third time last season as both offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Prior to coaching, Day was a quarterback for the New Hampshire Wildcats from 1998 to 2001.
Boston College Offensive Coaches: Todd Fitch, Wide Receivers
Fitch has almost three decades of collegiate coaching experience, and this year they will be put to the test as there is depth to be built at the position he coaches.
The wide receivers coach actually played defense at Ohio Wesleyan in the 80s just before joining the coaching ranks in 1986. He got his first big break as the offensive coordinator at UConn in 1996, eventually leaving for South Carolina in 1999. Fitch has since served as the offensive coordinator at East Carolina and South Florida.
His official title also includes “passing game coordinator,” which is also an area that needs special attention this season. Luckily, Tyler Murphy looks like a competent option for him as one element of the passing game.
Boston College Offensive Coaches: Justin Frye, Offensive Line
Justin Frye helped engineer the restoration of Boston College’s offensive line in 2013, which was a large part of the success of the run game overall, and Andre Williams in particular.
A former offensive lineman himself, Frye played for the Indiana Hoosiers from 2002 to 2006. He stayed in Bloomington until 2009, when he went to work for Steve Addazio in Florida as a graduate assistant on the offensive line.
Addazio then gave Frye his first real coaching gig at Temple in 2011 as the offensive line coach for the Owls. He came to Boston College in 2013 in the same capacity, and so far, all involved are glad he did.
Boston College Offensive Coaches: Frank Leonard, Tight Ends
Like Fitch, Leonard also boasts approximately 30 years of coaching experience that he brings to the Eagles this season. As a matter of fact, he and Steve Addazio were teammates at Central Connecticut State in the late 70s and early 80s: Addazio was an offensive lineman, while Leonard was a defensive back. These two coaches go back a long way.
Leonard was the offensive coordinator at Western Connecticut from 1987 to 1990 before taking a variety of different position coaching spots at Richmond. In 2004, he would become a scout for the New England Patriots, briefly going back to college at K-State in 2007 and 2008 before becoming the St. Louis Rams’ tight ends coach.
Addazio would hire Leonard in 2012 as the tight ends coach as Temple before bringing him to Chestnut Hill in 2013.
Boston College Offensive Coaches: Al Washington, Running Backs
Washington is a known quantity around here, playing for the Eagles in recent times (2002-2005) as a defensive tackle under Tom O’Brien. Following his graduation, this popular former player bounced around at several different schools before returning to the Heights in 2012 as a defensive line assistant.
Without question, after the coaching change, Washington was one of the assistants that the program and the fans alike wanted to keep. In 2013, under Steve Addazio, he was moved to the other side of the football as the running backs coach. One of his pupils was Andre Williams, and the rest is history.
Boston College Offensive Coaches: Nick Charlton, Offensive Grad Assistant
Charlton knows his way around Boston College, having attended the school as a undergrad while serving as a student manager. Following his graduation in 2011, he has remained with the program in a graduate assistant role.
Before coming to Boston College, Charlton played quarterback at Salem High School.
Boston College Offensive Coaches: Phil Trautwein, Offensive Grad Assistant
Trautwein moves over to the offensive side of the football in 2014 after having helped with strength and conditioning in 2013. He was an offensive lineman for the Florida Gators under Steve Addazio in the late 2000s and played for two national championship teams.
Trautwein played briefly in the National Football League for the Rams, Browns, and Saints.