An Ivy League Approach: A Look at Boston College's New Coaching Staff

Paul SeaverCorrespondent IApril 11, 2010

DURHAM, NC - JANUARY 06:  Head coach Steve Donahue of the Cornell Big Red yells to his defense against the Duke Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium on January 6, 2008 in Durham, North Carolina.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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It has yet to be a full week since Boston College hired Steven Donahue as their new head coach. Donahue came to Chestnut Hill from Cornell and has wasted no time in bolstering his coaching staff.

So far, Donahue has named three coaches who will join him at BC; coincidentally, all are from the Ivy League. Four different coaches from three different Ivy League programs will be coming together to try and lead the Eagles back into the NCAA Tournament.

Here's a look at the newly assembled coaching staff:

Joe Jones, Associate Head Coach (Columbia)

Jones was the most recent hire for Donahue and is the most experienced assistant coach Boston College will have.

Interesting enough, Jones stepped down as the head coach at Columbia to take the associate coaching position at Boston College. The job at Columbia was his only head coaching experience, but Jones did spend time as an assistant coach at both Hofstra and Villanova.

Joe Jones was 86-108 in his seven seasons at Columbia. He joined Donahue's Boston College on Friday, April 9th.

Nat Graham, Assistant Coach (Cornell)

Graham has spent plenty of time in the past alongside Steve Donahue and became the only other member of the 2009-2010 Cornell coaching staff to join him at BC.

Known as a fiery competitor on the sidelines and practice floor, Graham spent the past five seasons as an assistant coach at Cornell and also played three seasons at Penn where Donahue was formerly an assistant.

Nat Graham has spent stints as both, a player and coach, across the northern border at both Western Ontario and the University of Toronto.

John Gallagher, Assistant Coach (Penn)

A 1999 graduate of St. Joseph's, Gallagher has spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Penn.

Gallagher has had much success in the Philadelphia area. He has ties to LaSalle, where he served as an assistant coach for five seasons. He also has past job experience at Lafayette College and Hartford, before eventually joining the staff at Penn in 2008.

Gallagher has a sister who played basketball at Boston College and now he gets the opportunity to help Donahue's staff bring back tradition in Chestnut Hill.