Temple hires Boston College assistant as linebackers coach

Posted: January 30, 2013

Sources have confirmed a CoachingSearch.com report that former Boston College assistant Mike Siravo will become Temple's next linebackers coach.

The Rhode Island native will return to North Broad Street, where he served as the Owls linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator in 2006. At that time, new Temple head coach Matt Rhule was the Owls quarterbacks coach.

Siravo, who played at Boston College, served as B.C.'s defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator for six years.

He will replace linebackers coach Sean McGowan. McGowan is expected to take an assistant coaching position under former Temple coach Steve Addazio at Boston College.

Lafton Thompson dies. Lafton Thompson, who played safety at Temple from 1999 to 2002, died Monday afternoon after a 21/2-year battle with cancer. He was 34.

Mr. Thompson finished his career with 183 tackles and five interceptions in 41 games as a four-year letterman.

Mr. Thompson was a football and basketball standout at Norristown High School.

He is survived by two children, Kendall and Lance. Funeral arrangements are pending. Donations are being accepted by the Lafton Thompson Foundation, 416 E. Marshall St., Norristown, Pa. 19401.

Oral commitments. Atlantic City's Dayshawn Reynolds, an all-South Jersey first-team selection as a wide receiver, has commited to Temple, Atlantic City coach Thomas Kelly said.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Reynolds caught 50 passes for 907 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. He was recruited to play cornerback for the Owls, Kelly said.

Timber Creek's Zaire Williams and Paul Davis of Cairo, Ga., also committed to play at Temple.

Williams, a 5-11, 188-pound running back, withdrew a commitment to West Virginia. Davis, a 5-11, 200-pounder, received interest from Clemson and Louisville. He will play safety at Temple.


Contact Keith Pompey at kpompey@phillynews.com.

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