On Monday, five days before the start of spring practice, Boston College football coach Frank Spaziani announced three new hires for the Eagles’ coaching staff. Sean Desai will coach running backs and special teams, Aaron Smith will coach wide receivers and Al Washington will be assistant special-teams coach and will assistant with the defensive line.
That makes six new assistant coaches in all, including offensive coordinator (Doug Martin), offensive line coach (Jim Bollman) and strength and conditioning coach (Mike Poidomani).
The moves come after several BC coaches had accepted positions at other schools.
Dave Brock, who started 2011 as the Eagles’ tight ends coach and ended it as the interim offensive coordinator after Kevin Rogers left the team early in the season, has been named offensive coordinator at Rutgers. Ben Sirmans also joins the Scarlet Knights, for whom he will be running backs coach -- the same position he held at BC in 2011. And Ryan Day is expected to be named co-offensive coordinator at Temple after spending 2011 as the Eagles’ wide receivers coach.
A Boston University graduate, Desai spent 2011 as assistant director of football operations at the University of Miami. Prior to that, he served in several positions at Temple, including special-teams coordinator.
Smith, a Connecticut graduate, had been wide receivers coach at Columbia since 2007.
A BC grad and former Eagles defensive lineman, Washington returns to his alma mater after a season as linebackers coach at Elon and two years as defensive line coach at Slippery Rock University.
BC begins spring practice on Saturday and will play its annual spring game on March 31.