Head Coach / Linebackers
Recruiting areas: Massachusetts, Midwestern U.S.
Mark Harriman is the 19th head coach in the 121-year history of the Bates College football program.
Coach Harriman’s Bobcats have maintained a grip on the CBB trophy in recent years. Entering the 2017 season, Bates has won three outright CBB titles in a row and four in the past five years. He also coached Bates to shared CBB crowns in 2009 and 2013.
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. Between 2012 and 2014, Harriman coached the Bobcats to three consecutive seasons at a .500 winning percentage or better for the first time since 1979.
Harriman has also served as assistant athletic director at Bates since 2005.
In 2017, Harriman is coaching linebackers in addition to head coaching duties, as he did in 2016, when he led an outstanding unit headed by three-time First Team All-NESCAC selection Mark Upton.
Harriman brings a 44-108 record into his 20th year at the helm, during which time the Bobcats have captured six outright Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) titles, including three consecutive titles the past three seasons for the first time since 1929-1931. 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.
Offensive Coordinator / Offensive Line
Recruiting areas: MA (508), NH, VT, RI
Skip Capone is the senior member of the Bates coaching staff. He's now in his 21st season as a coach for the Bobcats, and his second year as the team's offensive coordinator.
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.
Coach Capone has recruited 11 players who went on to become team captains at Bates.
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.
Special Teams Coordinator / Quarterbacks / Divebacks / Strength & Conditioning
Recruiting Areas: West Coast, New Jersey, Massachusetts (781)
The 2017 season marks Coach Lopes’ second year on the Bates staff, and he has expanded his role from coaching quarterbacks and dive backs to become the Bobcats’ coordinator for both special teams and strength and conditioning.
“Tino has done of great job both on the field and with recruiting,” said Mark Harriman, “and I am excited that his role with the program will be expanded this year as our special team coordinator, as well as handling the off-season conditioning program.”
Coach Lopes’ recruiting areas include the West Coast, New Jersey and Massachusetts’ 781 area code.
In 2015, Coach Lopes served as running backs coach at Amherst College and helped lead Amherst to an 8-0 season and the outright NESCAC championship.
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.
Video Coordinator / Defensive Line
Recruiting Areas: New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts (617)
Tyler Cottle is in his sixth year of coaching football and his first at Bates. Coach Cottle spent the last four years at Seton Hill University, where he coached safeties, including both the college's all-time leader in tackles and its all-time leader in interceptions. Before Seton Hill, Cottle coached outside linebackers for one season at Becker College.
Coach Cottle earned his B.S. degree in Sport Management from Juniata College, where he was a two-year starter at cornerback.
A native of Everett, Pennsylvania, Coach Cottle's recruiting areas include New York State, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts' 617 area code.
Wide Receivers / Assistant Video Coordinator
Recruiting Areas: Midwestern U.S., Massachusetts (413)
The 2017 season marks Ryan Bentley's second year on the Bates coaching staff as wide receivers coach. 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.
An 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.
Coach Bentley's recruiting areas are the Midwest and Western Massachusetts.
Slotbacks / Assistant Strength & Conditioning
Recruiting Areas: Outlying states
Tim Freiermuth is in his first year of coaching, after graduating from Springfield College in 2017 with a B.S. degree in applied exercise science. A native of Merrimac, Massachusetts, Coach Freiermuth started at center for two seasons at Springfield.
Recruiting Areas: Maryland, Washington DC, Southwestern U.S.
Jim Walsh graduated from Bates College in 2016 with a B.A. in politics and a concentration in political economy. He was a member of the Bates football and baseball teams before his college career was cut short by injury.
Coach Walsh spent the 2016-17 academic year teaching at North Reading (Mass.) High School, meanwhile coaching defensive backs at Phillips Academy in Andover and assistant coaching the North Reading baseball team.
Assistant Offensive Line
Chris Clarke is in his first year coaching at the college level, following 12 years of coaching youth, junior high and high school football in Waterville and Augusta. Coach Clarke played offensive line at the semipro level for five years in the New England Football League. Coach Clarke was a two-way lineman when he played football at Cony High School in Augusta.