BOSTON (CBS) – Steve Addazio was formally introduced as Boston College’s new head football coach on Wednesday, and told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s The D.A. Show it’s his dream job.
“I’m in New England and truly home. I’ve bounced around and been around the country, but I’m where I’ve always wanted to be. This is my dream job,” Addazio told The D.A. Show Wednesday night. “I’m staying here, building this thing here, and I want this to be my destination.”
“Being here is just fantastic,” he said. “It’s a real family community here, and I can’t wait to embrace all the great traditions and the people that are in this family.”
Addazio comes to Boston College after two seasons at the helm at Temple. In his first year as a head coach, Addazio led the Owls to a 9-4 record and a New Mexico Bowl Title. Last year, as Temple transitioned to the Big East, Addazio’s Temple squad went 4-7 but finished above most of their preseason expectations.
“I want to bring toughness, passion and energy,” said Addazio. “I felt that is something I can bring here and really improve us in those categories.”
From his experience at his various stops in college football, which include Notre Dame, Florida and Syracuse, Addazio is confident he’ll be able to recruit players not just from the northeast, but around the country.
“I really felt I could recruit this program really well,” he said. “I felt being a northeast guy, recruiting the northeast my whole career at Notre Dame and the catholic leagues in Ohio, Indianapolis and Chicago, and my passion and love for Boston College, I really felt gave me an opportunity to be a great fit here.”
“My experience over the years, there really is good talent in the northeast. I recruited Aaron Hernandez down at Florida,” he recalled, noting he recruited other future NFL players like the Colts’ Dwight Freeney. “There is a tremendous talent pool out of the northeast and out of those pockets in Chicago and Ohio. I also have six years down in Florida, and I know the great high school coaches and have great relationships and have the ability to dip in down there.”
“There is a lot to get done. We are busy at work and it’s a process, not a one-shot deal. We’re building this thing for the long-haul,” added Addazio.