ACC: Kevin Lempa

BC announces more hires

February, 7, 2013
Kevin Lempa has been named coach of the Boston College secondary, and Sean McGowan has been named special teams’ coordinator and SAM linebackers/nickel package coach, the school announced today.

A few excerpts from the release:

Lempa, in his 40th year of coaching, returns for his third stint at BC after serving as the defensive coordinator at Columbia in 2012 and at Central Connecticut State in 2011. Previously, Lempa coached at Boston College from 2003-06 working with the defensive backs under Tom O’Brien and from 1981-90 working with the outside linebackers and special teams under Jack Bicknell.

“I’m excited to have Kevin [Lempa] be a part of the staff,” coach Steve Addazio said. “He will coach the secondary. Kevin has an extensive background here at Boston College having coached with Jack Bicknell and having coached with Tom O’Brien. He’s recruited some of the finest players that have played here. He understands what Boston College is all about. His background goes back to Maine, to Boston College, to the San Diego Chargers, to being the defensive coordinator at Hawaii. He coached at Maryland with Don Brown. We are very excited to have Kevin back here to join our staff and know he will be a tremendous teacher and tremendous leader of our young men.”

McGowan, in his 16th year of coaching, joins BC after spending the last two years coaching the inside linebackers at Temple under Addazio, picking up special teams duties this past season.

In 2011, McGowan coached an Owls defense that ranked third in the nation in scoring defense and produced, Tahir Whitehead, a 2012 fifth round pick of the Detroit Lions, who earned All-MAC honors as a senior. Last season, McGowan guided true freshman LB Tyler Matakevich to Big East Rookie of the Year accolades.

“I’ve known Sean McGowan as a player and as a coach since 1988,” Addazio said. “He’s a tremendous family man and a tremendous football coach. Sean will be the special teams’ coordinator and his responsibilities will include coaching the SAMs [linebackers] and the nickel packages on defense. We’re very excited to have Sean join the staff.”

ACC's lunchtime links

November, 26, 2010
Stuffed ...
  • Florida State's seniors have experienced just about everything -- academic scandal, retirement of Bobby Bowden -- but never a win over rival Florida.
  • If Miami quarterback Jacory Harris doesn't start against South Florida this weekend, coach Randy Shannon can expect a call from Harris' father.
  • Virginia Tech tight end Andre Smith and offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring's "five-year marriage" is coming to a close.
  • Despite the dwindling statistics and production from Clemson quarterback Kyle Parker, the staff insists he has not regressed.
  • Georgia Tech hasn't forgotten what it's like to have a dose of its own medicine.
  • NC State defensive coordinator Mike Archer doesn't seem to mind that the credit for the defensive turnaround is going to the arrival of Jon Tenuta.
  • Virginia coach Mike London almost joined Frank Beamer's staff.
  • If there's a silver lining to North Carolina's off-field troubles this fall, it would be the growth of the players who were called upon to lead who might not otherwise have gotten the playing time.
  • BC's Ifeanyi Momah has turned into one of Chase Rettig's favorite targets, but don't be surprised if he lines up on defense again at Syracuse.
  • Maryland secondary coach Kevin Lempa helped the Terps lure in a prep school DB.

ACC's lunchtime links

August, 27, 2009
Posted by's Heather Dinich

Is it September yet?
At the top of Georgia Tech's to-do list this fall is quit fumbling. Jackets coach Paul Johnson is hoping the familiarity of the system decreases that.Boston College coach Frank Spaziani might have to go right up until game time to name a starting quarterback, and he hasn't ruled out the possibility of playing two. Mark Blaudschun of the Boston Globe gave his prediction as to who the top three signal-callers will be when the depth chart is released Sunday.Clemson coach Dabo Swinney called the season opener against Middle Tennessee a "civil war" because of all the former Clemson staffers who work there now.UNC coach Butch Davis has followed much of the same blueprint he did while he was at Miami, but one major difference is staff continuity.Virginia has four starters back on its offensive line, and that will help the transition to the new scheme, which requires them to play "on an island."Miami coach Randy Shannon is recruiting quarterbacks, but he might want to add some defensive linemen to his shopping list, considering so many of them are dealing with injuries right now.Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer doesn't feel as good about his team as he did when camp started three weeks ago. Why? Three weeks ago the Hokies had Darren Evans.Wake Forest wide receiver Devon Brown is looking for a season as unique as his nickname -- Y'lou.Patrick Stevens of the Washington Times caught up with Maryland assistant Kevin Lempa to check in on the Terps' strong secondary.Patrick Robinson doesn't get much attention around the conference, but FSU's top cornerback has earned the respect of the receivers he's up against every day.

Friedgen speaks highly of new defensive coordinator

January, 9, 2009

Posted by's Heather Dinich

Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen said one of the recommendations he received on behalf of former Massachussets coach Don Brown compared Brown to Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster.

If that's the case, Friedgen just made a great hire for defensive coordinator, albeit at the expense of assistant Al Seamonson, who named the interim coordinator for the Roady's Humanitarian Bowl. Maryland's defense played well against Nevada's offense in the Terps' 42-35 win, but Seamonson will return to his post with the linebackers.

Friedgen said he assumed Seamonson will remain on staff.

"I would love for Al to stay,” Friedgen said. "He's been an integral part of our staff since I've been here. I thought he did a very good job in our bowl game. I would want Al to be a part of our staff and consider him a very important part of our staff.”

Brown will coach the cornerbacks, and Friedgen said he is excited about Brown's recruiting ties in the Northeast.

"I felt that he would be a very good additon to our staff," Friedgen said of Brown in a teleconference this afternoon. "I thought from a personality standpoint he'd fit in well, but as far as organization and leadership this is really what I was looking for, somebody that would take charge. He knows what he wants to do and how do it."

 Kevin Lempa will coach the safeties.

Friedgen said he hasn't gotten much further in replacing special teams coordinator and tight ends coach Danny Pearman, who was hired at Clemson. Friedgen said he has a lot of applicants but wanted to concentrate on recruiting and hiring the defensive coordinator first.

Friedgen also said fullback Cory Jackson will probably miss spring practices, along with linebacker Alex Wujciak, both of whom had knee operations after the bowl game. They are the only two starters expected to miss the spring.