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Former UMass, Northeastern coach Don Brown named BC defensive coordinator

12.19.12 at 8:32 pm ET

New Boston College football coach Steve Addazio named Don Brown defensive coordinator. Brown, a native of Spencer, was defensive coordinator at UConn the past two seasons. He’s been a head coach at UMass (2004-08) and Northeastern (2000-03).

‘€œWe’€™re very excited to have Don Brown joining our Boston College family,’€ Addazio said in a statement. ‘€œDon is a New England guy who has tremendous ties and relationships in the Northeast to go along with a great coaching resume. He’€™s been a head coach at Northeastern. He’€™s been a head coach at Plymouth State. He’€™s been a head coach at the University of Massachusetts. He’€™s had coordinator experience at Maryland in the ACC and comes to us having most recently served as the defensive coordinator at the University of Connecticut. He has tremendous character and is a great family man who is a perfect fit here at Boston College.’€

Said Brown: ‘€œCoach Addazio has presented me with a great challenge — one that I am very excited about. I’€™m excited to be back in the ACC. The positive thing for me is that I’€™m a New England guy. I’€™m from Massachusetts. Coaching at Boston College has always been a wish of mine. I’€™m a firm believer that you play the game on the balls of your feet, not on your heels. From day one, we’€™re going to be aggressive. We’€™re going to attack the line of scrimmage. We’€™re going to get after the quarterback. We’€™re going to play with our hair on fire on defense. I’€™m a big believer in playing for tackles for loss and being disruptive and making life difficult for the quarterback. We’€™re going to attack. That’€™s the style of defense that I’€™ve employed. We’€™re going to fly around and attack the pass.’€

Addazio also officially named Ryan Day offensive coordinator, confirming an appointment he announced at his introductory press conference. Day, who was a BC assistant coach from 2003-04 and 2007-11, assisted Addazio at Temple this past season.

‘€œRyan is one of the bright young minds in college football,’€ Addazio said. ‘€œHe’€™s going to coach the quarterbacks and be the offensive coordinator. He’€™s so excited to be back and part of the Boston College family.  This is home for him.  He knows Boston College and he is thrilled to back.’€

Day has a supporter in University of Oregon coach Chip Kelly.

‘€œ[Day] played for me and I coached with him,’€ Kelly said. ‘€œHe was a great kid and one of the bright minds as well as one of the best players I have ever coached. I think he is one of the best young coaches in the country and it was just a matter of time before he was running the show, offensively, somewhere.’€

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