Examining who could replace Steve Addazio at Boston College
Boston College fired coach Steve Addazio on Sunday. Addazio went 44-44 over seven years in Chestnut Hill and guided the program to five bowl trips, with another expected to come in 2019. Addazio had only one season of fewer than six wins with a 3-9 mark in 2015. However, Boston College never won more than seven under Addazio’s watch.
Who could replace Addazio at Boston College? Here are nine names to watch in the coaching search:
9 Coaching Candidates to Replace Steve Addazio at Boston College
Don Brown, Defensive Coordinator, Michigan
Brown is regarded as one of the top defensive coordinators in college football and has extensive ties to the Northeast. Prior to spending the last four years at Michigan, Brown called the plays on defense at Boston College (2013-15), UConn (2011-12) and Maryland (2009-10). Brown went 27-20 as Northeastern’s head coach from 200-03 and 43-19 at UMass from 2004-08.
Chris Creighton, Head Coach, Eastern Michigan
Creighton’s record at Eastern Michigan is only 28-46, but this job is one of the toughest in college football. The Eagles went 3-21 in Creighton’s first two years (2014-15) on the job but have claimed at least five victories in each of the last three full seasons. Eastern Michigan has played in only three bowl games in its program history – two of those have come under Creighton’s watch. Prior to Eastern Michigan, Creighton went 32-9 at Ottawa, 63-15 at Wabash and 41-22 at Drake.
Mike Elko, Defensive Coordinator, Texas A&M
Elko doesn’t get much national recognition, but he’s a solid defensive coordinator that’s primed to get an opportunity to become a head coach in the near future. He was hired by Jimbo Fisher as the Texas A&M’s defensive signal-caller in 2018 and has previous stops in the same role at Notre Dame (2017), Wake Forest (2014-16) and Bowling Green (2009-13). He does not have any experience as a head coach.
Jeff Hafley, Co-Defensive Coordinator, Ohio State
Hafley is a coach on the rise after helping Ohio State’s defense take a big step forward in 2019. The New Jersey native joined Ryan Day’s first staff in Columbus after working in the NFL from 2012-18 with stops at Tampa Bay, Cleveland and San Francisco. Hafley does not have any experience as a head coach but has previous stops as an assistant in college at Pitt and Rutgers. He’s also regarded as an excellent recruiter.
Butch Jones, Former Tennessee Head Coach
Jones popped up in the opening at Rutgers. Could he resurface again in the coaching carousel this offseason? Jones was dismissed at Tennessee after a 34-27 stint from 2013-17 but previously went 23-14 at Cincinnati (2010-12) and 27-13 at Central Michigan (2007-09). Jones is 84-54 overall as a head coach. He’s currently working as an analyst for Alabama.
Lance Leipold, Head Coach, Buffalo
After a 7-17 start to his tenure at Buffalo, Leipold has guided the Bulls to three consecutive non-losing records and is 17-9 over the last two years. Buffalo isn’t an easy job, so back-to-back bowl games and a division title in 2018 is a solid resume for Leipold. He arrived in Buffalo after going 109-6 with six Division III national titles at Wisconsin-Whitewater from 2007-14.
Sean Lewis, Head Coach, Kent State
Lewis is a rising star and will be mentioned for openings at the Power 5 level over the next couple of years. After his playing career ended at Wisconsin, Lewis landed on Dino Babers’ staff at Eastern Illinois and followed him to opportunities at Bowling Green and Syracuse. After spending two years as the Orange co-offensive coordinator, Lewis was hired as Kent State’s head coach in 2018. The Golden Flashes went 2-10 in his debut and improved to 6-6 this year.
Mike Reed, Defensive Backs Coach, Clemson
Reed played his college ball at Boston College and has experience within the ACC from stints at NC State (2007-12) and Clemson (2013-19). Reed has been instrumental in developing talent in the secondary for the Tigers over the last seven years. He does not have any coordinator or head-coaching experience.
Al Washington, Linebackers Coach, Ohio State
Washington is a rising star to watch in the assistant ranks. He played at Boston College from 2002-05 and later coached in Chestnut Hill from 2012-16 as an assistant. Washington spent one year at Cincinnati (2017) before joining Michigan’s staff in 2018. He left Ann Arbor for Columbus prior last offseason and has been instrumental in the Buckeyes’ defensive improvement. Washington does not have any experience as a head coach at the FBS level.