NEWTON, Mass. -- While introducing Boston College’s new head football coach, athletic director Brad Bates had words of praise and also a warning.
“For those of you who have yet to meet Steve,” Bates said in a crowded conference room at the team’s Yawkey Center, “buckle up.”
Steve Addazio then took to the podium and talked -- or, more accurately, preached -- about dreams, about family, and, yes, even a little about ambition.
“I’m very humbled and I’m very honored to stand here as your head football coach at Boston College,” Addazio said. “This is my dream job. … I’ve been a lot of great places, and everywhere I’ve been and all the friends that know me and the people that I’ve worked with, knew that I wanted to one day be here at Boston College.”
His voice rising and falling as a preacher’s would from a pulpit, Addazio talked about how thrilled his family had been to get the chance to move to Philadelphia two years ago when he took the head-coaching position at Temple.
“And now I have a chance to come to New England, which is truly home, and we’re just ecstatic,” he said.
“I’m here for the long haul and I’m here to win championships,” he said, “and to win championships with class and honor. And develop young men on the football field and off the football field and in the classroom. Men that are gonna leave Boston College one day and are gonna go make a difference in this society, in this world that we live in, in a positive way.”
The new coach said he was excited about the family feel at BC, and called that an important factor for him.
Addazio said he’s evaluating his staff, and had one announcement to make: He’s bringing Ryan Day with him from Temple to be the Eagles’ offensive coordinator.
Day, of course, was the Eagles’ wide receivers coach from 2007 to 2011, before he left for Temple with former Eagles offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers. Day knew Addazio previously from a one-year stint on the Florida staff in 2005, when Addazio was the tight ends coach and Day was a graduate offensive assistant.
Addazio, who is from Farmington, Conn., and played college football at Central Connecticut State, said he remembers sitting in his family room and watching “The Pass.” He said he had a chance to become a graduate assistant at BC under then-coach Jack Bicknell, but instead decided to pursue his dreams of playing in the NFL.
“I often look back and say, ‘Boy, I wonder if I had been a graduate assistant at Boston College,’ ” he said. “But I guess as faith has it, I’m gonna have a chance to get to Boston College.”
The new coach arrived at his news conference prepared, with notes printed out in large font on white pieces of paper. Wearing his wedding band on his left hand and one of his Florida Gators national title rings on his right hand, he rarely just stood behind the podium while he was speaking.
With his booming voice and rising cadence, he didn’t need the microphone to be heard.
While the coach was speaking, Bates sat at a table nearby, left leg crossed over right knee, hands interlocked on his knee and a small smile on his face.
Addazio said his plan on the field is simple: play great defense, run the ball, score in the red zone, have great special teams and don’t turn the ball over.
“I’m honored, I’m humbled, I’m excited, I’m determined. You’re gonna get the best out of Steve Addazio, my family, my staff and my program,” he said. “I’m proud to be a Boston College Eagle, and I won’t let you down.”
Jack McCluskey is an editor for ESPN.com and a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter @jack_mccluskey.