Head Coach / Linebackers
Phone: (207) 786-6344
Recruiting areas: NYC, Midwest, Northwest, Southern California
Mark Harriman is the 19th head coach in the 121-year history of the Bates College football program. After leading Bates to a 5-3 record and the outright Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) title in 2012, Harriman was named NESCAC Co-Coach of the Year, sharing the honor with Trinity's Jeff Devanney. From 2012-2014, Harriman coached the Bobcats to three consecutive .500 seasons or better for the first time since 1979.
Harriman is also assistant director of athletics at Bates.
For the 2016 season, Harriman works directly with the linebackers along with his head coaching duties.
Harriman brings a 41-103 record into his 19th year at the helm, during which time the Bobcats have captured five outright Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) titles, including back-to-back titles the past two seasons for the first time since 1966 and 1967. He also led Bates to shared CBB crowns in the 2009 and 2013 seasons. After coaching linebackers and/or coordinating the Bobcat defense in his first 12 years at Bates, Harriman coached quarterbacks for a sixth straight year in 2015. He coached Trevor Smith to the program's first All-NESCAC honor for a quarterback in 2012.
Harriman is also the team's academic coordinator and admissions liaison.
To Harriman, academics are linked inextricably with athletics at Bates.
"We want all of our players to realize their potential on the field and in the classroom," Harriman says. "To accomplish this, we look for individuals who have a great work ethic on and off the field and who have a passion for football. We demand two things of everyone, regardless of their abilities: accountability for their actions in every phase of their lives, and a willingness to be a team player. In other words, Bates football players put the good of the team and their community ahead of the pursuit of personal accolades."
A native of Westbrook, Maine, Harriman served as the defensive coordinator at Harvard for four seasons before arriving at Bates. The 1997 Crimson were the only Division I-AA team ranked in the top five in rushing defense, pass-efficiency defense and scoring defense, helping produce Harvard's first undefeated Ivy League title.
Harriman's efforts earned him American Football Quarterly's 1997 Division I-AA Defensive Coordinator of the Year honors. Prior to his stint at Harvard, his defense helped Princeton win two Ivy League titles. A 1980 graduate of Springfield College, Harriman was an All-New England linebacker.
Coach Harriman's recruiting areas include Massachusetts, New York City, the Midwest, the Northwest and Southern California.
Mark Harriman lives in Monmouth, Maine, with his wife Sue, assistant athletic director and senior woman's administrator at Bates.
Defensive Coordinator / Safeties / Recruiting Coordinator / Strength & Conditioning
Phone: (207) 786-6404
Recruiting areas: MA (978), CT, IL, GA, PA, Southwestern U.S.
Duncan Averill is in his seventh year of coaching at Bates in 2016, following stints at four other football programs in New England. As defensive backs coach, Averill has guided such All-NESCAC selections as Andrew Kukesh '14 and Kyle Starr '13.
In addition to coordinating the defense, coaching the safeties, and leading the team's strength and conditioning efforts, Coach Averill is the Bobcats' recruiting coordinator. His recruiting areas include Connecticut, Illinois, Georgia, Pennsylvania, the American Southwest and Massachusetts' 978 area code.
Prior to Bates, Averill coached at: Husson University, where he coached both wide receivers and defensive backs over three years, and helped lead the Eagles to an ECAC Bowl appearance in 2008; Norwich University, where he coached running backs for one year; Maine Maritime Academy, where he was a defensive assistant for two years, including the Mariners' ECAC Bowl Championship season in 2005; and his one year at his alma mater, Bridgewater State College, where he played wide receiver for the Bears during two NCAA Division III playoff appearances.
A native of Farmington, Maine, and a graduate of Mt. Blue High School, Duncan lives in Auburn with his wife Lee, 6-year-old son Logan and 3-year-old son Griffin.
Offensive Coordinator / Offensive Line
Phone: (207) 786-6364
Recruiting areas: MA (508), NH, VT, RI
Skip Capone is the senior member of the Bates coaching staff; he's now in his 20th season as a coach for the Bobcats.
In his time at Bates, Capone has coached three All-NESCAC defensive linemen (Kurt Chapman '04, Terence Ryan '07, Anthony Begon '08). Ryan holds Bates' career and single-season quarterback sack records, and was named All-New England Divisions II/III in 2006. While special teams coordinator, Capone helped punters David Kurey '15 and Gavin Segall-Abrams '11 and kicker Charlie Donahue '14 earn All-NESCAC laurels.
A vital recruiter for the program, Coach Capone has recruited 11 players who went on to become team captains.
Prior to Bates, Capone was the head coach at Lewiston High School, where he won three coach of the year awards, while leading the Blue Devils to 10 playoff appearances, two state championship games and one state title, winning at a clip of over 70 percent in his time.
Coach Capone looms as a major presence in the ranks of Maine football coaches. He developed the concept and helped establish the Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl Classic high school all-star game, and he established and still directs the Maine Football Coaches Association's clinic, which attracts over 300 high school and college coaches annually. He also developed the first camp for offensive and defensive linemen in the state.
Coach Capone's recruiting areas include New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island and Massachusetts' 508 area code.
Capone graduated from Plymouth State in 1977, where he was a three-year starter and captained the Panthers as a senior. Capone's extensive coaching career began at Dover (N.H.) High School, and he went on to lead the defensive line at Plymouth State before filling the same role at Southwest Missouri State (now known as Missouri State).
Skip resides in Auburn with his wife, Marie, and has two adult children.
The 2016 season marks Ryan Bentley's first year on the Bates coaching staff. Bentley graduated from Plymouth State University in 2016 with a degree in sports management, after playing four years on the offensive line for the Panthers football team.
A 6-3, 274-pound lineman and All-Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Second Team selection as a senior, Bentley started nine of the 10 games his senior year in 2015 at right guard. He was a key player that stabilized the offensive line as the Panthers registered 2,562 total yards in 2015, the most in a season for PSU since 2010 and an increase of more than 700 yards over 2014. The Panthers' offensive line and ball control offense also ranked third in the MASCAC in time of possession. A four-year veteran and three-year starter, Bentley started 23 of his 35 games in a Panther uniform.
The 2016 season marks Bob Chaisson's first year on the Bates coaching staff. He spent the 2015 season as an assistant coach for Westminster Academy in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, but his roots are in New England.
Chaisson previously served as the defensive coordinator at Bishop Brady High School in Concord, New Hampshire. He helped coach the varsity football team from 2007 to 2013. He did double duty as the school's head varsity lacrosse coach in 2009 and 2010.
Prior to entering the world of coaching, Chaisson served as a fire lieutenant in the Concord Fire Department from 1998-2008. He is an alumnus of Newburyport High School in Massachusetts. Chaisson now makes his home in Auburn with his wife Kristine.
The 2016 season marks Spencer Emerson's first year on the Bates coaching staff. "He's been a great addition to our staff," Coach Harriman told the Lewiston Sun Journal. "He's passionate. He's knowledgeable. Any time you put those things together in a young coach, you get a guy who's going to be very successful."
Emerson played quarterback at Becker College for one season before transferring to the University of Maine. He graduated from Maine this past spring with a degree in Sociology. Emerson is an alumnus of Edward Little High School in Auburn, graduating in 2011.
While at UMaine, Emerson served as a video assistant on the football staff for two seasons. In 2015, Emerson was the defensive coordinator at Old Town High School. He helped lead them to an undefeated regular season.
Quarterbacks / Dive Backs
The 2016 season marks Coach Lopes' first year on the Bates staff. Last year he served as running backs coach at Amherst College and helped lead Amherst to an 8-0 season and the outright NESCAC championship. "I think he'll be a really good addition to the staff and handling quarterbacks," said Coach Harriman. "He has great insight into the passing game."
Coach Lopes played four years on the defensive line at Becker College before graduating in 2011 with a degree in exercise science. He then earned his Masters of Physical Education: Athletic Administration from Springfield College in May of 2016.
Lopes coached quarterbacks and wide receivers at Becker College in 2012 before serving as a graduate assistant, defensive line coach, and co-interim defensive coordinator at Springfield College in 2013 and 2014.