Associate Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator Dan Basil has been promoted to ASA College's new football Head Coach. Basil will take place of former head coach Joe Osovet, who accepted a position at the University of Tennessee.
Basil enters his third season at ASA, coming off a 9-1 season in his first year as Associate Head Coach. He spoke about this season's shift in focus saying, "It's going to be a bit different this year. Under coach Oz [Joe Osovet] we were more offensive minded. We're going to shift a bit into a defensive minded team." Basil, having been there for multiple years, knows the culture and foundation of ASA's football program.
Eight of last year's 11 defensive starters were sophomores last season. Coach Basil stressed the defensive reset the team will have to make. "We were sophomore heavy last season, especially on defense," said Basil. "All of our roster spots are open. We're just doing what we can to put these kids in positions to be successful."
Under Basil's defense last season, the Avengers ranked second in the nation in total yards allowed per-game, second in points allowed per-game and fourth in sacks and pass yards per-game.
"Coach Basil has been a big part of our success in recent seasons and he has led one of the top ranked defenses in the NJCAA. We look forward to the football program continuing the championship level standards we are accustomed to at ASA College." – Athletic Director Kenney Wilcox
With two weeks left before spring practice begins, most of the work for the Avengers has been taking place in the weight room and in the classroom. Lifting, conditioning and study hall. That's been the routine for the majority of the offseason for the Avengers.
Coach Basil's football playing career is extensive and decorated, as he shared time at Colgate as primarily a wide receiver, but also seeing action in the defensive backfield. While at Colgate, he won the Tom Dodge Unsung Hero Award following his senior season. His time at Bryant featured action as a defensive back and linebacker, finishing third on the team in total tackles.
Basil earned his Bachelor's in History from Colgate in May of 2012, and later his Master's in Business Administration in International Business and Management from Bryant a year later.