Justin Frye has been named offensive line coach at Boston College, and Bill McGovern, formerly the Eagles' defensive coordinator, has been named linebackers coach, the school announced on Thursday.
First-year coach Steve Addazio has hired two assistants who previously worked on BC's staff -- Ryan Day as offensive coordinator and now McGovern as linebackers coach. I'm not saying these guys can't coach. McGovern is proven. BC's defenses used to be among the best in the country. It just seemed to me like BC needed to start over -- to clean house. Maybe that's not the right approach. Maybe Addazio is right, and keeping guys around who know the area well and can recruit it is the way to go. We'll find out, but for the Boston College fans who were looking for sweeping change, this doesn't appear to be it.
An excerpt from the release:
Frye served as offensive line coach under Addazio at Temple for the last two seasons, served as offensive line graduate assistant with Addazio at Florida for two years (2009-10) and began his coaching career at Indiana University -- where he played football from 2002-06 -- as an offensive graduate assistant (2007-08).
“Justin Frye has played for me, been a graduate assistant for me and has coached the offensive line with me,” Addazio said. “He is a great young coach who has had a knack at forming great relationships with his players while developing outstanding offensive linemen. He’s coached some of the finest offensive linemen in the country that are currently great successes in the NFL and will continue the great tradition of offensive linemen at Boston College.”
McGovern has served as Boston College’s linebackers coach for the last 12 years and as the team’s defensive coordinator for each of the last four. He has guided two Boston College linebackers to Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors in the last five seasons – Mark Herzlich (2008) and Luke Kuechly (2011). Kuechly, a two-time All-American, also earned the Nagurski, Lott Impact, Rotary Lombardi and Butkus trophies that season.
“Bill McGovern is one of the most respected coaches in the Northeast, not only as a defensive coordinator but as a linebacker coach,” Addazio said. “He’s one of the finest recruiters in the country. He’s a Boston College guy. He loves this place and has a great passion for Boston College. He has great relationships with current and former players and will be a tremendous, vital person in our program as we move forward.”