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John McNulty Hired as Offensive Coordinator

Boston College hired Notre Dame tight ends coach John McNulty as BC football’s new offensive coordinator, as reported by ESPN’s Pete Thamel.

McNulty’s hiring marks the first time head coach Jeff Hafley was tasked with replacing a member of his original coaching staff since he arrived in Chestnut Hill in December 2019. 

The change comes after former BC offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti Jr. left BC to become the new offensive coordinator at Pittsburgh on Jan. 13. 

McNulty comes to BC with a plethora of experience at both the college and professional level. He played safety at Penn State for three years before starting his coaching career. 

McNulty most notably had two stints at Rutgers from 2004–08 and 2018–19 before joining Notre Dame’s coaching staff in 2020.

Before his time at Notre Dame, McNulty worked in the NFL for 15 years, including time with the Jaguars, Cowboys, Cardinals, Buccaneers, Titans, and Chargers. McNulty and Hafley worked together on the 2013 Buccaneers coaching staff. 

McNulty also has six years of experience as a quarterbacks coach. He’ll work alongside quarterback Phil Jurkovec, who announced his decision to return to the Heights for the 2022 season on Dec. 6. All-ACC wide receiver Zay Flowers also announced his return for next season on Dec. 21. 

Jurkovec was sidelined for six games in the 2021 season, and Dennis Grosel filled in under center. BC finished the 2021 season averaging 184.8 passing yards per game, which ranked in the bottom third of the ACC, and 24.7 points per game, which ranked 93rd in the FBS.

McNulty beat out a few in-house candidates, including BC interim offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Joe Dailey and assistant head coach Rob Chudzinski, for the position.

Featured Image by Nicole Wei / Heights Staff

January 31, 2022