LEWISTON, Maine -- After four years of no change among Bates head football coach Mark Harriman's full-time staff of assistants, the departure of Daryle Weiss has created room for the return of former assistant Mark Clements.
Weiss, Bates' offensive coordinator for the past four years after joining the staff as offensive line coach in 2007, recently moved on to the offensive coordinator position at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Clements will assume a broad role in running Bates' triple-option offense as quarterbacks and running backs coach, as well as Weiss's former role as the team's recruiting coordinator. Clements coached wide receivers at Bates in 2011 and slotbacks in 2012. Last season Clements coached halfbacks at Springfield College. He is a 2011 graduate of Saint Joseph's College of Maine. Before transferring to St. Joe's, Clements attended Maine Maritime Academy and played football for the Mariners.
"Mark was the first guy I thought about when the job came open," said Harriman. "He's a young guy with a tremendous amount of potential. He did a great job while he was here, and in the time he was here we really expanded his role. His knowledge of the offense, and his rapport with a lot of guys already in the program, I think will make for an easy transition."
Harriman, who has coached quarterbacks and running backs for the past two seasons, moves into Weiss's roles as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. Clements will also assume a large role in leading the offense. "He'll basically run a good portion of the meeting time for all the offensive skill position guys," said Harriman.
Bates' staff this season has four other new faces to help coach the Bobcats' wide receivers, slotbacks, cornerbacks and offensive line:
- Nicolas Keene, a native of Auburn, Maine, will assist Harriman in leading the offensive line. A former lineman at Husson and Plymouth State, Keene has taught in New Hampshire and South Korea since his graduation from college.
- Corey Kaiser, a 2014 graduate of Springfield College, will serve as slotbacks coach. Kaiser played linebacker for the Pride, and ranked fourth on the team in tackles last season with 56.
- Kenneth Tinsley will coach Bates' wide receivers, the position he played at Central State University in Ohio. Tinsley has coached high school football in Washington, D.C., for the past two years.
- Sam Weiss, a 2014 graduate of Springfield, is the lone new face on the defensive side of the ball as cornerbacks coach. Weiss, a team captain at Springfield, is the nephew of the aforementioned Daryle Weiss. He led the Pride in tackles in 2013, with 71.