2013 Boston College Football Unit Preview: Coaches

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2013 Boston College Football Unit Preview: Defensive & Special Teams Coaches

Don Brown, Defensive Coordinator

Brown is one of the home-run hires of the staff as he brings with him decades of experience and a great deal of past success. As defensive coordinator last season at Connecticut, he made the Huskies (of all teams) one of the best defensive teams in the nation. Prior to that, he had a successful stint in Maryland in the same role, and led UMass to the national championship game as its head coach. While the UMass defensive coordinator in the late 1990s, he won a national championship. Brown is an intense, driven coach and he wants you to #beadude.

Ben Albert, Defensive Line

Albert was another staffer who came up from Temple to join Steve Addazio. There, Albert coached outside linebackers. Before joining Addazio’s original staff at Temple, Albert had a brief NFL coaching stint as Jacksonville’s assistant defensive line coach. He also spent four years as associate head coach at Delaware.

Kevin Lempa, Defensive Backs

Lempa is one of the most experienced coaches on the sideline for the Eagles this season, with 40 years of expertise. He should be a familiar face: Lempa was Jack Bicknell’s special teams/OLB coach for ten years and Tom O’Brien’s defensive backs coach from 2003 to 2006. Most recently, he was defensive coordinator at Columbia.

Sean McGowan, Special Teams/SLB/Nickel Package

McGowan is another “transfer” from Temple, as he coached under Addazio for two seasons as inside linebackers and special teams coach. Much of his coaching career was spent at New Hampshire, and for four of those years, he was defensive coordinator.

Mike Livingston, Graduate Assistant

Livingston enters his first year as defensive graduate assistant. He graduated from UConn last year and has come to the right side along with his former coach, Don Brown. Livingston will assist on the defensive line.

Chris Trifone, Graduate Assistant

Trifone is another newcomer and yet another assistant from Temple. He spent two years as a graduate assistant on Steve Addazio’s staff. His concerns will be defensive backs and special teams.

2013 Boston College Football Unit Preview: Other Staff

Frank Piraino, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach

Steve Addazio football requires good conditioning, and Piraino is one of those guys who will help get these guys in shape. He was Addazio’s conditioning coach at Temple, and also worked with the head coach when has was at Florida. Piraino assisted in training athletes in multiple sports over his coaching career, including football, baseball, hockey, and basketball.