On June 18, 2018, Bates College Director of Athletics Jason Fein announced the appointment of University of Pennsylvania assistant coach Malik Hall as the 20th head football coach in the program's 124-year history.
Hall has served as defensive line coach at Penn since 2015, helping the Quakers win back-to-back Ivy League championships in 2015 and 2016. Prior to Penn, he held assistant coaching assignments at Wagner College, Fordham, Hofstra, Central Connecticut State, and his alma mater, the University of Massachusetts.
"We are delighted to welcome Malik Hall to the Bobcat family," said Fein. "Once we interviewed him, it was crystal clear that Coach Hall has both the experience and vision to take Bates football to the next level. We're excited to see what happens on the field."
"It's my great honor to accept the head coaching position at Bates," said Hall. "I am very much looking forward to building upon Bates' traditions of academic excellence and relentlessness on the field. The Hall family can't wait to join the Bates family."
Hall succeeds Mark Harriman, who stepped down in April after 20 seasons as head coach. Under Harriman, Bates captured seven Colby-Bates-Bowdoin titles, including the past four straight.
Highly regarded as a coach, recruiter, and community-focused leader, Hall has achieved success at every stop in his career:
- At Penn, Hall developed four All-Ivy players, including the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year, and helped coach the Quakers defense to the top of the league in both sacks and turnovers created.
- With Hall as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Wagner from 2012 to 2014 as well as 2010, the Seahawks defense led the Northeast Conference in total defense, scoring defense and pass defense in 2012. In 2014, the Seahawks ranked second in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) in rushing defense and sixth in total defense while forcing the most turnovers in the NEC and allowing the fewest first downs in the FCS.
- As defensive line coach at UMass in 2011, the Minutemen ranked fourth in the Colonial Athletic Association with 24 sacks.
- Hall was defensive line coach and special teams coordinator at Fordham in 2009, coaching four players to All-Patriot League honors.
- As defensive line coach at Hofstra from 2006 to 2008, Hall coached numerous players to All-CAA honors, with three players earning places on NFL teams. He also served as the team's NFL liaison.
- Hall coached the defensive line and special teams at Central Connecticut State from 2004 to 2005, with several players earning All-Northeast Conference honors.
A native of Detroit, Mich., who earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and education from UMass in 2003, Hall played two seasons under head coach Mark Whipple, helping the team advance to the Atlantic 10 Championship game in 2003 while totaling 46 tackles and two sacks.
Creating a sense of family and community among players is a consistent hallmark of Hall's approach to coaching. At Fordham, his mantra that "New York City is our backyard, and the Bronx is our campus," aided recruitment of out-of-state players and helped prospective students' families feel that the team was an extension of their own families. At Wagner, a Division I school of 2,200 students in Staten Island, N.Y., Hall helped create an initiative to help student-athletes stay involved with the local community and enhance their leadership experiences during the summer.
Hall and his wife Ayesha are parents of three children, Malik, Kayah and Asah.
Recruiting areas: MA (508), NH, VT, RI
Skip Capone is the senior member of the Bates coaching staff. He's now in his 22nd season as a coach for the Bobcats and will coach the offensive line in 2018.
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.
Defensive Line / Special Teams Coordinator / Strength & Conditioning
Recruiting Areas: West Coast, New Jersey, Massachusetts (781)
The 2018 season marks Coach Lopes’ third year on the Bates staff. After coaching quarterbacks and dive backs last year, this year he is working with the defensive line.
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 Backs
Recruiting Areas: New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts (617)
Tyler Cottle is in his seventh year of coaching football and his second at Bates. Coach Cottle spent the previous 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.
Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers
Brandon Potvin begins his first season as Defensive Coordinator at Bates College in 2018 and will coach the linebackers.
Potvin comes to Bates after spending the previous two seasons working with the inside linebackers at Nichols College.
In 2017, Potvin’s second season at Nichols, senior linebacker and captain Brett McEvoy finished First-Team all CCC and Worcester Area All-Star on his way to setting a Nichols College record with 385 total career tackles. Potvin also played an instrumental role in the development of freshman defensive lineman Jaylen Encarnacion as he finished the season with Second-Team all CCC honors as well as being named a Worcester Area All-Star.
In Potvin’s first season working with the Linebackers at Nichols in 2016, he saw All-Conference linebackers Matthew McEvilly and Brett McEvoy finish 1-2 in the New England Football Conference (NEFC) in tackles. McEvilly led with 127 tackles and was named to the NEFC First Team and the Worcester Area Defensive Player of the Year. McEvilly also garnered the Joe Zabilski Award as the Best Defensive Player in New England at the Division III level and is the only player in Nichols College history to receive the award. As a result, the Bison posted their highest win total in 13 years.
Potvin served as the defensive line coach at Becker College in both 2014 and 2015. During his time at Becker, Potvin twice developed two All-Conference players on the defensive line in Alex Stewart and Michael Calafiore. Under Potvin’s guidance, Stewart and Calafiore finished their careers as the top 2 all-time leaders in career sacks at Becker College. In 2015, Potvin helped the football program post the best record in school history at 7-3.
Potvin graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2013 with a bachelor of science in Kinesiology. While at UMass, Potvin was a four-year starter on the defensive line and served as a team captain during his senior season. Following the completion of his senior season, he received The Marcel Shipp Iron Man Award which recognized Potvin for his physical and mental toughness both on and off the field as well as his unrelenting work ethic in the weight room.
After his playing career at UMass, Potvin played professionally for two years in the Arena Football League.
A native of Worcester, Massachusetts, Potvin attended Holy Name Central Catholic High School, where he led his team to three Super Bowls and four league championships. He was named to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette Super Team and Defensive MVP following his senior season, as well as the Massachusetts Division 1 Defensive MVP.
Potvin is also a 2018 graduate of Nichols College as he completed his M.S. in Organizational Leadership in May.