There's no way to sugar coat this news. It's a devastating blow to the Huskies.
Brown, a native of Spencer, Mass., joins the staff of former Cheshire High coach Steve Addazio, who just left Temple to become head coach at BC. UConn's defense was ranked 10th in the nation last season.
Brown was considered the best assistant on Paul Pasqualoni's staff. His high-energy style and passion for motivating players led to an improved product that kept the Huskies in games the past two years. Players trusted him and enjoyed playing for Brown.
He will be difficult to replace and, given his track record, Pasqualoni will not be in any hurry to do so. Recruiting remains the priority at UConn up until national letter of intent signing day on Feb. 6.
Here's the official release from BC:
Don Brown has been named defensive coordinator and Ryan Day has been named offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, according to an announcement made by Boston College head coach Steve Addazio.
Brown, a Spencer, Mass., native and former head coach at three different schools in New England, joins the Eagles after spending each of the last two seasons as defensive coordinator at Connecticut where he spearheaded a defense that led the Big East and ranked 10th in the nation allowing 309.9 yards per game this fall. The 2012 Huskies checked in at No. 22 among all teams in college football in scoring defense (19.8 points per game). Prior to his tenure at Connecticut, Brown served as defensive coordinator at Maryland for two years (2009-10).
"We're very excited to have Don Brown joining our Boston College family," Addazio said. "Don is a New England guy who has tremendous ties and relationships in the Northeast to go along with a great coaching resume. He's been a head coach at Northeastern. He's been a head coach at Plymouth State. He's been a head coach at the University of Massachusetts. He's had coordinator experience at Maryland in the ACC and comes to us having most recently served as the defensive coordinator at the University of Connecticut. He has tremendous character and is a great family man who is a perfect fit here at Boston College."
"Coach Addazio has presented me with a great challenge - one that I am very excited about," Brown said. "I'm excited to be back in the ACC. The positive thing for me is that I'm a New England guy. I'm from Massachusetts. Coaching at Boston College has always been a wish of mine. I'm a firm believer that you play the game on the balls of your feet, not on your heels. From day one, we're going to be aggressive. We're going to attack the line of scrimmage. We're going to get after the quarterback. We're going to play with our hair on fire on defense. I'm a big believer in playing for tackles for loss and being disruptive and making life difficult for the quarterback. We're going to attack. That's the style of defense that I've employed. We're going to fly around and attack the pass."
Brown has 12 years of head coaching experience, having served as head coach at Massachusetts (2004-08), Northeastern (2000-03), and Plymouth State (1993-95).
Under Brown's direction in 2006, the Minutemen advanced to the FCS championship and recorded a school record with 12 wins in a row. As UMass' defensive coordinator in 1998, Brown's defense played a pivotal role in the Minutemen's Division I-AA national championship.
Brown is a 1977 graduate of Norwich University and a member of its hall of fame. He also earned his master's degree from Plymouth State in 1996.