101 Days of BC Football: Special Teams/RB Coach Sean Desai


When special teams coach Mike Dawson left the team after last season to pursue personal endeavors, BC sought a replacement. At first, they decided to demote interim offensive coordinator Dave Brock to this role, but he bailed for Rutgers. The team left their own staff to fill the role, but remained within the ACC. BC fetched Sean Desai from Miami.

Desai is probably one of the most educated guys we’ve seen come into this program in a long time, and by the way, it’s Doctor Desai to you. He did his undergrad work at Boston University (boo, hiss), his Master’s at Columbia, and got his Ed.D. at Temple. We know he certainly wasn’t playing any college football at BU, and neither was anyone else, making him one of the rarer coaches we’ll find that didn’t play the game at this level.

That didn’t stop him from rising in the ranks, though. While pursuing his doctorate at Temple, he joined the Al Golden coaching staff in 2007 as a special teams assistant and an assistant to the head coach. By 2009, he was named the defensive and special teams grad assistant. In his final season at Temple, 2010, Desai was the special teams coordinator.

Desai followed Golden to Coral Gables in 2011, where he was named the Assistant Director of Football Operations for the University of Miami. This stint there was only one year long, as Boston College named him the special teams and running backs coach in mid-February. He brings a resume that is impressive both in the classroom and on the sidelines, despite not having put on the uniform in college. It’s not much of a stretch to say Desai is ascending through the ranks because he’s a bright man, and he may be one of the rising stars on this staff.