Another domino fell on the 2016 offseason on Tuesday when Boston College defensive graduate assistant Sean Duggan was named the linebackers coach of the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors. Duggan, a former standout on the gridiron for the Eagles, joins his former Boston College coach and new Hawaii defensive coordinator, Kevin Lempa.
Duggan played for BC between 2011-2014, collecting 49 tackles and three interceptions throughout his tenure. After making 30 tackles as a freshman and sophomore, as well as appearing in all 12 games during the 2012 season, he fell out of the starting lineup in 2013.
He would achieve a renaissance during his senior season, making four starts despite missing two games due to injury. He recorded six tackles against both UMass and Virginia Tech, and his interception against Syracuse helped the Eagles to their second straight bowl berth. Following the season, he remained on staff with BC as a graduate assistant.
Graduate assistant jobs are very different in the sense that players are enrolled as post-graduate students while working for the program. Rather than being a full paid employee by the university, they complete their graduate work while under the employ of a particular program. Graduate assistants for football are, in essence, on par with a graduate assistant for a professor or academic research. It is typical that a GA would move onto a different school where he could be employed as a full-time coach.
Duggan, having now completed his year as a GA for the Eagles, moves onto a position coaching slot under Lempa's defense. Lempa, a 40-plus year veteran, was recently named the defensive coordinator on staff at Hawaii under new head coach Nick Rolovich.
Congratulations to Sean on his new position, and best of luck coaching in Honolulu!