ACC: Sean Devine

BC's offensive staff gets shakeup

February, 13, 2012
When Boston College begins spring football practices on Saturday, the Eagles will do so with an entirely new look on offense, starting with first-year offensive coordinator Doug Martin.

It hardly ends there, though.

Boston College will have to replace three more offensive assistants, as Rutgers announced the hires of Dave Brock (offensive coordinator/wide receivers) and Ben Sirmans (running backs), and the Philadelphia Daily News has reported the impending hire of former BC receivers coach Ryan Day as co-offensive coordinator. The Eagles also have a new offensive line coach in Jim Bollman, who was previously the offensive coordinator/offensive line coach at Ohio State.

BC today announced the hire of Sean Desai, who will coach running backs and special teams. This past season, Desai was assistant director of football operations at the University of Miami. Aaron Smith will coach the wide receivers, and former BC defensive lineman Al Washington will serve as assistant special teams coach and will assist with the defensive line.

If you look at last season’s coaching staff, four of the five offensive assistants are gone. The exception is Sean Devine. After Bollman was hired, Devine was assigned to the tight ends.

This offensive overhaul could be just what BC needs, as the Eagles had one of the worst offenses in the country last season.

“Whenever there’s any kind of change it’s energizing,” coach Frank Spaziani said. “Things either smother you or you get energized by it. So, it’s good.”

Spaziani insisted that there was nothing more to the departures than career opportunities, as Brock and Day both wanted to be offensive coordinators. Brock coached at Hofstra with Rutgers coach Kyle Flood. Spaziani reiterated the fact that former offensive coordinator Kevin Rogers never returned from his leave of absence for health reasons. And Sirmans, a native of New Jersey, had a chance to get closer to home and his mother.

After last season’s 4-8 finish, something had to change with BC’s offense. In this case, it will be just about everything.

BC's staff finally complete

February, 23, 2009

Posted by's Heather Dinich

Boston College coach Frank Spaziani has hired former Akron assistant Mike Dawson as special-teams assistant coach, the school announced Monday. The staff is now complete heading into spring football practices. 

Dawson, who has 11 years of coaching experience, spent the past three seasons (2006-08) as linebackers coach at the University of Akron.

Including Spaziani, who previously held the post of defensive coordinator before he was hired to replace Jeff Jagodzinski, the Eagles will have new faces in six positions this spring.

Spaziani promoted Bill McGovern to defensive coordinator and named Gary Tranquill offensive coordinator. He named Dave Brock tight ends coach and Sean Devine offensive line coach.

Four assistants who have been with the program for the past two seasons -- defensive line coach Jeff Comissiong, wide receivers coach Ryan Day, running backs coach Ben Sirmans and defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator Mike Siravo -- will return as members of Spaziani's staff.

BC hires two assistants

February, 9, 2009

Posted by's Heather Dinich

Boston College coach Frank Spaziani has hired Dave Brock as tight ends coach and Sean Devine as offensive line coach, the school announced today. The only position that still needs to be filled is linebackers coach.

The Eagles are making progress, and both Brock and Devine have previous experience as recruiting coordinators, which can only help.

Brock spent the past two seasons at Kansas State, and six of his 20 years of experience came as an offensive coordinator. Brock is familiar with the ACC, as he spent two seasons as assistant head coach/recruiting coordinator and receivers coach at North Carolina.

Devine is a smart coach. How do I know? He got his degree in physics. As for football, he spent the past 13 seasons at New Hampshire, where he was offensive coordinator for the past two. 

In his first seven seasons with the Wildcats, Devine served as the coach of the defensive line. Before being promoted to offensive coordinator, Devine was the offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator for four seasons.



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