Head Coach / Outside Linebackers
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.
Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks
Recruiting Areas: Southeastern U.S., New York City, Long Island, Western Connecticut
Custavious Patterson is in his first season as Bates’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, and brings with him 15 years of coaching experience and a proven record of helping receivers and quarterbacks excel, including the past six years as an offensive assistant at Division I Wagner College. At each of his stops at Central Connecticut State, Fordham and Wagner, Patterson has recruited and developed several all-conference, academic all-conference and All-America performers.
Throughout his career, Patterson has also served as a professional football liaison, and has helped over 20 of his former players at Central Connecticut State, Fordham and Wagner get drafted or sign free agent contracts with professional teams.
For the past four years, Patterson has had the distinction of serving as a head coach in the Dream Bowl, a college all-star game held on Martin Luther King Day in Virginia Beach, VA and featuring top FCS, D-II and D-III student-athletes. He is the only coach to lead teams in both the Dream Bowl and the HBCU Spirit of America All-Star Game.
In 2004, Patterson earned a bachelor’s degree from Morgan State, where he was a one-year starter at quarterback for the Bears. He began his career as a quarterback at SUNY Morrisville, where he earned All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-American honors in his two seasons. In 2006, Patterson was inducted into the Morrisville State College Athletic Hall of Fame. In 2014, he attained a master's degree from Wagner College in education.
Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers
Recruiting Areas: Central Massachusetts, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana
Brandon Potvin begins his first season as defensive coordinator at Bates in 2018 and coaches the inside linebackers. He comes to Bates after spending the previous two seasons working with inside linebackers at Nichols College.
Potvin graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2013 with a bachelor of science in kinesiology. At UMass, Potvin was a four-year starter on the defensive line and served as a team captain during his senior season. After his senior season, he received the Marcel Shipp Iron Man Award, which recognizes physical and mental toughness both on and off the field as well as unrelenting work ethic in the weight room.
Potvin went on to play 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 also earned a master's degree in organizational leadership from Nichols College in May 2018.
In 2017, Potvin’s second season at Nichols, 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, who finished the season with Second-Team All-CCC honors.
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 won the Joe Zabilski Award as the top defensive player in New England Division III, while helping the Bison post their highest win total in 13 years.
Potvin served as the defensive line coach at Becker in both 2014 and 2015. Under Potvin’s guidance, defensive linemen Alex Stewart and Michael Calafiore finished their careers as the top two all-time leaders in career sacks at Becker. In 2015, Potvin helped the program post the best record in school history at 7-3.
Recruiting areas: Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Eastern Connecticut
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.
Coach Capone has recruited 11 players who went on to become team captains at Bates. In his time at Bates, Capone has coached three All-NESCAC defensive linemen. As a special teams coordinator, Capone helped two punters and one kicker earn All-NESCAC laurels.
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 over 70 percent of his games.
Coach Capone is a major presence in the ranks of Maine football coaches. He developed the concept of 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.
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 / Strength & Conditioning / Recruiting Coordinator
Recruiting Areas: South Shore Massachusetts, California, Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, Arizona
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.
Co-Special Teams Coordinator / Defensive Backs
Recruiting Areas: Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, upstate New York, metro Boston
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.
A native of Everett, Pennsylvania, Coach Cottle earned his B.S. degree in Sport Management from Juniata College, where he was a two-year starter at cornerback.
Recruiting Areas: North Shore Massachusetts, New Jersey, Texas, Oklahoma
Dominique Gaston enters his first season as the Bobcats wide receivers coach. Gaston spent the previous seven seasons coaching high school football in New Jersey.
In the 2015 through 2017 seasons Gaston was the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Pope John XXIII High School, improving its defense from allowing 27.4 points per game in 2014 to 14.7 PPG in 2017.
Gaston also worked as a Supplemental Math Teacher for the Sussex County Commission in 2017 and 2016. In 2015 he was a middle school math teacher.
Gaston spent 2014 as the Defensive Coordinator and Wide Receivers coach at Plainfield High School while also being an assistant ESL Math Teacher. In the 2012 and 2013 seasons, Gaston was Pope John XXIII's linebackers coach.
Coach Gaston is a graduate of Wagner College and earned a BA in Sociology while minoring in Secondary Inclusive Classroom Education. He was a two-year starter at both inside and outside linebacker with the Seahawks. Gaston is also a graduate of Bergen Catholic High School.
Running Backs / Co-Special Teams Coordinator
Recruiting Areas: Upstate New York, Western Massachusetts, Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Kentucky, West Virginia
Garrett McLaughlin joined the Bates staff this year, having already built an extensive coaching resume since his days as a student assistant at his alma mater, Syracuse University.
After earning a bachelor of science degree from Syracuse’s Falk School of Sport and Human Dynamics in 2012, Coach McLaughlin served as defensive backs coach at SUNY Buffalo from 2012 to 2016, helping the team to consecutive ECAC Bowl appearances in 2014 and 2015. He moved on to the University of New Haven to coach linebackers in 2016, then led the outside linebackers at Division I Wagner last year, helping the group progress from five sacks in 2016 to 17 in 2017.
At Buffalo in 2014, McLaughlin coached five All-Conference players, while helping lead the Bengals to their first ECAC Bowl game in 16 years. The Bengals made as second straight ECAC Bowl appearance in 2015.
A graduate of Syracuse University, he spent time as a student assistant coach with the football program, working under head coach Doug Marrone. With the Orange, McLaughlin coached three players that went on to earn NFL experience, including Shamarko Thomas, who was drafted by the Pittsburg Steelers in the fourth round in 2013.
He also worked in equipment, operations and video at Syracuse and completed a strength and conditioning internship with Thurman Thomas Sports Training.
Recruiting Areas: Nevada, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming, Idaho, Dakotas, Alaska, Montana
Andrew Berggren joined the Bates coaching staff this year, and is a former player at Villanova University who currently serves as assistant district attorney in York County, Maine.
Coach Berggren earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Villanova in 2005. He went on to earn a master’s degree in management from Wagner College, and graduated from the University of Maine School of Law in 2016.
Coach Berggren assistant coached at Villanova in the 2006 and 2007 seasons, and was an assistant coach at Wagner College from 2007 to 2011.