RELEASE FROM TEMPLE UNIVERSITY (12/4/12) – Temple University football coach Steve Addazio resigned on Tuesday to accept the head coaching position at Boston College.
“Steve Addazio has done a tremendous job with Temple Football in his two years at the University, and we wish him nothing but the best,” said Temple University Director of Athletics Bill Bradshaw. “Temple Football has never been stronger, and I am confident we will be able to attract a high-level pool of candidates for the position and the program will continue its upward momentum.”
Addazio led Temple for two seasons, guiding the Owls to its first bowl win in 32 years. Temple beat Wyoming, 37-15, in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.
In 2012, Addazio led the Owls (4-7 overall, 2-5 BIG EAST) during their return to BIG EAST Conference for the first time since 2004.
In his first season at Temple in 2011, Addazio guided the Owls to an 9-4 overall record and a second-place finish in the Mid-American Conference East Division en route to their second bowl appearance in three years. The all-time winningest first-year coach in school history, Addazio mentored 10 All-MAC?selections, including first-team honorees OL Pat Boyle, RB Bernard Pierce, DE Adrian Robinson, and TE Evan Rodriguez. The Owls’ defense dominated the MAC, leading all teams in five categories while ranking No. 3 nationally in scoring defense. Addazio’s offense set the school records for rushing yards and rushing touchdowns in a season as well behind the explosive efforts of All-MAC?honorees Pierce and Matt Brown. Off the field, the Temple football players were recognized as the 2011 Most Valuable Players by the Philadelphia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure for their community service efforts.
Temple’s 2012 recruiting class was ranked No.1 in the Mid-American Conference by Rivals.com.
A school record three Owls were selected in the 2012 NFL?Draft— RB?Bernard Pierce (3rd round), TE?Evan Rodriguez (4th), and LB?Tahir Whitehead (5th)— while an additional nine players signed rookie free agent contracts, setting the school record for the largest class with 12 signees.
Addazio, who helped the University of Florida win two BCS National Championships in five years, was named Temple University’s 25th head football coach on December 23, 2010.
The Farmington, Conn., native has a quarter-century of coaching experience and 12 postseason bowl games, including six BCS games in the last 16 years, on his resume.
A national search for Addazio’s replacement will begin immediately. Temple football opens the 2013 season on August 31 at No. 1 Notre Dame.