In an offseason that had been filled with damaging departures, the Boston College football program made a positive addition by hiring Jim Reid to fill the recently vacated defensive coordinator position. Reid most recently was the linebackers coach for an Iowa team that came one play away from making the College Football Playoffs.
Filling the void left by Don Brown will be tough, as Brown led the Eagles to a historic season on the defensive side of the ball, but Reid won’t have to struggle too much with acclimating to a new university. Reid was the defensive coordinator at BC for the 1994-95 season. That year, the Eagles ranked 11th in the nation and set a (still standing) school record for sacks in a season (47).
“Boston College is a very special place,” said Reid. “I know this because I worked there in 1994 around some dedicated, wonderful people in a very close-knit Jesuit community. BC develops great young people and is just a tremendous institution.”
Reid brings with him some valuable experience outside of his work at Iowa and BC. He spent five years as the head coach at UMass, eight years as head coach at University of Richmond, and two seasons in the NFL as an outside linebackers coach with the Miami Dolphins. “I have known Jim Reid for a long time and have tremendous respect for the work he's done as a head coach, a coordinator, and in the NFL. He is an impact coach who has left an indelible mark everywhere he has been,” said Steve Addazio on the experience of his new coordinator.
This is a fantastic signing for the program and for Addazio, bolstering his staff after the departure of Brown and multiple transfers. Reid’s Massachusetts ties and NFL experience should help BC along the recruiting trail and on the field, hopefully furthering the immediate turnaround of the program after a disappointing season.
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