Frank Spaziani

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Frank Spaziani
Frank Spaziani 2012 02.jpg
Spaziani in 2012
Sport(s)Football
Biographical details
Born(1947-04-01) April 1, 1947 (age 66)
Playing career
1965–1968Penn State
Position(s)Linebacker, quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1969
1975–1977
1977–1981
1982–1985
1985–1991
1992–1993
1994–1996
1997–1998
1999–2008
2009–2012
Penn State (GA)
Navy (TE/OT)
Navy (DB)
Virginia (DB)
Virginia (DB/DC)
Winnipeg Blue Bombers (DC)
Calgary Stampeders (DC)
Boston College (RB)
Boston College (DC)
Boston College
Head coaching record
Overall22–29
Bowls1–2
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
 
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Frank Spaziani
Frank Spaziani 2012 02.jpg
Spaziani in 2012
Sport(s)Football
Biographical details
Born(1947-04-01) April 1, 1947 (age 66)
Playing career
1965–1968Penn State
Position(s)Linebacker, quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1969
1975–1977
1977–1981
1982–1985
1985–1991
1992–1993
1994–1996
1997–1998
1999–2008
2009–2012
Penn State (GA)
Navy (TE/OT)
Navy (DB)
Virginia (DB)
Virginia (DB/DC)
Winnipeg Blue Bombers (DC)
Calgary Stampeders (DC)
Boston College (RB)
Boston College (DC)
Boston College
Head coaching record
Overall22–29
Bowls1–2
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse

Frank Spaziani (born April 1, 1947) is an American football coach and former player. He served as the head football coach at Boston College from 2009 to 2012, compiling a record of 22 wins and 29 losses. Prior to becoming head coach, Spaziani served on the Eagles' coaching staff for 12 years, the last 10 as defensive coordinator.

Early life and playing career[edit]

Spaziani is a native of Clark, New Jersey, and a graduate of Arthur L. Johnson High School.[1] Spaziani played quarterback and linebacker for the Penn State Nittany Lions from 1965 to 1968. He was a member of the team that went to the 1967 Gator Bowl and also played in the team that went to the 1969 Orange Bowl.[2] He was the subject of one of Joe Paterno's notable early quotes: the Nittany Lions' coach said of Spaziani, "Don't get the idea that I like him because he's Italian. I like him because I'm Italian."[3]

Spaziani was also a starting pitcher for the Penn State baseball team.[4]

Personal[edit]

Spaziani is married to Laura Spaziani (née Heikel); they have two sons and one daughter.[2] They reside in Hingham, Massachusetts. He is a brother of Sigma Pi Fraternity International.

Coaching career[edit]

Canadian Football League[edit]

Spaziani coached in the Canadian Football League as a defensive coordinator for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (two seasons) and Calgary Stampeders (three years).[2] He helped to lead the Blue Bombers to the 1992 and 1993 Grey Cups and the Stampeders to the 83rd Grey Cup in 1995.

Boston College[edit]

In 1997, Spaziani left the Calgary Stampeders for a position as running backs coach for the Boston College Eagles.[5] Coached by Spaziani, Boston College's Mike Cloud was a consensus first-team All-America selection and a finalist for the 1998 Doak Walker Award. Cloud also set a Big East and school single-season rushing record with 1,726 yards in 1998.

In 1999, he replaced Tim Rose as defensive coordinator, becoming Boston College's seventh defensive coordinator in the 1990s.[6]

In 2001, the Boston College defense ranked 12th nationally in passing defense, 10th in pass efficiency defense, 19th in scoring defense and 25th in total defense. In 2002, they were ranked 13th nationally in passing defense, 25th in pass efficiency defense, 23rd in scoring defense and 37th in total defense. In 2003, they were ranked second in the Big East in total defense and second in rushing defense. In 2004, they were ranked first in the Big East. The Eagles ranked second in the Big East and 31st in the country in total defense and first in the Big East and 12th in the country in scoring defense. Mathias Kiwanuka was the 2004 Big East Defensive Player of the Year.

Spaziani was named interim head coach for Boston College twice. In December 2006, after the departure of Tom O'Brien, he coached Boston College to a win versus Navy on December 30, 2006, in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.[2] However, Jeff Jagodzinski was hired as the permanent head coach. Spaziani was also named interim coach after Jagodzinski was fired on January 7, 2009, for interviewing for the open head coaching position with the New York Jets. On January 13, 2009, Spaziani was officially hired as the Eagles' permanent head coach.[7]

Spaziani was fired on November 25, 2012, following a season in which Boston College went 2–10, the worst record since 1978.[8]

Head coaching record[edit]

YearTeamOverallConferenceStandingBowl/playoffsCoaches#AP°
Boston College Eagles (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2006)
2006Boston College1–0[n 1]0–0[n 1]W Meineke Car Care2020
Boston College Eagles (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2009–2012)
2009Boston College8–55–32nd (Atlantic) L Emerald
2010Boston College7–64–4T–4th (Atlantic) L Fight Hunger
2011Boston College4–83–55th (Atlantic)
2012Boston College2–101–76th (Atlantic)
Boston College:22–2913–19
Total:22–29
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game. #Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tom O'Brien coached the first 12 games of the season before resigning.

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