Boston College coach Jeff Hafley resigns to become defensive coordinator for Green Bay Packers

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Boston College coach Jeff Hafley will step down to fill the vacant defensive coordinator position with the Green Bay Packers, the Packers announced Wednesday. Hafley spent the last four seasons with the Eagles and replaces former Packers DC Joe Barry, who was fired earlier this month.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jeff, his wife, Gina, and their daughters, Hope and Leah, to the Packers and the Green Bay community,” Green Bay Packers coach Matt LaFleur said in a statement released by the team. “Jeff has been successful at every level of his coaching career with an excellent track record of developing players at all levels. We look forward to leading our defense.”

This will mark Hafley’s second stint in the NFL after serving as the defensive backs coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers from 2011-18. He spent one season as Ohio State’s co-defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach before being hired by Boston College.

Boston College reached bowl eligibility in three of Hafley’s four seasons at the helm. The 44-year-old recently led the Eagles to a 7-6 record — his most wins since the 2018 season — and finished the year with a win over No. 22 SMU in the Fenway Bowl.

Hafley will be tasked with improving a Packers defense that was 22nd in points per drive (2.0), 25th in percentage (39%), 20th in yards per play (5.4) and 25th in third down down percentage in 2023 (41%).

Hafley is the third college head coach to voluntarily leave for a coordinator position this offseason. South Alabama coach Kane Wommack and Buffalo coach Maurice Linguist left their jobs to become co-defensive coordinators under new Alabama coach Kalen DeBoer.

Several high-profile coaches have been on the move since the end of the 2023 season. After former Alabama coach Nick Saban resigned, DeBoer took over. Then Washington hired Arizona coach Jedd Fisch as a replacement. That prompted the Wildcats to tap San Jose State coach Brent Brennan as Fisch’s replacement.

Jim Harbaugh left Michigan, shortly after winning the national title, to take the vacant job with the Los Angeles Chargers. Wolverines offensive coordinator Sherrone Moore was promoted to replace him.

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