December 5, 2012
Players React to New Coach
The new coach Steve Addazio was introduced to the media on Wednesday afternoon in a packed Yawkey Center. Addazio spoke for 30 minutes which only felt like about 10 minutes since he brought an energy to the room which hasn't been there in a couple of years. BC's new coach has at least passed the PR test.
Addazio was thrown a couple of curve balls by the Boston media like "Can you win championships at BC?" and "When you say you will be here for the long haul how long is that?" Addazio handled the questions well and didn't waiver his enthusiasm.
One group of people that appreciated Addazio's style is his new team. The coach's new energy is being welcomed with open arms by the players.
"His energy took over," said defensive end Kasim Edebali talking about the team's meeting with Addazio. "The players looked at each other and we all started nodding at each other. We really feel what he is saying. He brought an attitude and I'm looking forward to working with him. My first impression is 100% positive."
Teammate Steele Divitto agreed.
""His energy is through the roof. It's awesome and something we are looking to feed off. When you have a head coach who is very enthusiastic, players are excited to play for him. They're excited to play for each other. Personally, with all of his traits and everything about him, I'm already excited. I'm excited about what this offseason can bring. It's going to be difficult and grueling, but that's what wins championships," said Divitto.
Edebali didn't want to harp on the differences between Addazio and old coach Frank Spaziani but he was willing to give this observation. "I felt last season there was a disconnection. I feel like that's not going to happen. I think he will inspire and motivate a lot of people."
Quarterback Chase Rettig also noticed the difference.
"He has a big personality. The big thing for me is we knew he is a good guy for our head coaching job. He grabs everyone's attention and has a lot of enthusiasm. The guys are eager to move forward," said Rettig.
As much as Rettig appreciated the new style, he still has some things to work out before he gets as giddy as his teammates about the new coach and staff. Rettig is more concerned about learning the new playbook.
"You need to build a real relationship to figure out what's going on. The important thing to me in the offensive coordinator. I have to talk to Coach Day and we will have to get our relationship back going," said Rettig.
When asked about learning a new playbook, Rettig said it wasn't a big deal. However he wasn't exactly thrilled about it either.
"I'm used to it. At the same time I like familiarity and I really liked Coach Martin's playbook. Maybe there will be some familiarities in how Day calls the plays because he has been here before. I'm going to take it and learn it in hopefully a couple of weeks," said Rettig.
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