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The 20th head coach in the 125-year history of Bates College football, Malik Hall was announced as the new head of the program in 2018. From his first day on campus, Coach Hall has made a big impression upon Bates College and its football program.
Hall had served as defensive line coach at the University of Pennsylvania 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.
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 enters his second season as Bates’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2019. Coach Patterson 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.
In his first season at Bates, Coach Patterson's offense ranked third in the NESCAC in red-zone efficiency (76%) and second in the conference in touchdown percentage per red-zone opportunity (71%).
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 five 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, Virginia, 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. Joining Patterson at the game in January 2019 were fellow Bates assistants Brandon Potvin, Tino Lopes and Garrett McLaughlin.
In 2004, Patterson earned a bachelor’s degree from Morgan State University, 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 in education from Wagner College.
Defensive Line / Strength & Conditioning
Recruiting Areas: Central Massachusetts, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana
Brandon Potvin is in his second season helping to lead the Bates defense. He came 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.
Offensive Line / Recruiting Coordinator
Recruiting Areas: South Shore Massachusetts, California, Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, Arizona
The 2019 season marks Tino Lopes’ fourth year on the Bates staff. After coaching quarterbacks and dive backs in 2016 and 2017, Coach Lopes worked with the defensive line in 2018 and now guides the Bobcat offensive 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 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.
Running Backs / 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 in 2018, 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 in 2017, 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 who went on to earn NFL experience, including Shamarko Thomas, who was drafted by the Pittsburgh 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 in 2018. Coach Berggren 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.
Berggren assistant coached at Villanova in the 2006 and 2007 seasons, and was an assistant coach at Wagner College from 2007 to 2011.
Keith Davis joined the Bates football coaching staff in 2019, following two seasons at Dickinson College, where he coached the defensive line and defensive backs.
Prior to his tenure at Dickinson, Davis coached linebackers between 2013 and 2016 at his alma mater, Wagner College, right after earning his bachelor's degree in finance from the Staten Island, N.Y., institution. He also earned his master's degree in finance from Wagner while coaching there.
Davis played two years at Wagner, earning All-Northeast Athletic Conference honors as a senior and playing in the FCS Senior Bowl. He was a team captain in both of his seasons with the Seahawks. Davis transferred to Wagner after playing for two years at Youngstown State University.
A native of Harrisburg, Pa., Coach Davis was also a football standout at Bishop McDevitt High School.
Spencer Carey joined the Bates football coaching staff in 2019 to lead the Bobcats' defensive secondary.
Born in Waterville, Maine, and a graduate of Lawrence High School, Coach Carey was a two-time All-State safety in high school, as well as a two-time Pine Tree Conference Champion. He was also a semifinalist for the Fitzpatrick Award.
Carey was a five-year member of the University of Maine Black Bears football team as a safety and a member of the 2013 CAA Championship team. The Maine native earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from UMaine in kinesiology and physical education in 2017.
Carey coached at Maine Maritime Academy in 2018, leading the Mariner outside linebackers. At MMA he coached a NEWMAC all-conference outside linebacker as well as a NEWMAC co-rookie of the year.
In high school, Carey was named KVAC Co-Player of the Year and All-State safety; Led team to Eastern Maine Championships in 2011 and 2012; and was a KVAC First Team selection in basketball.
Offensive Quality Control
Alphonso Belnavis joins the Bates football coaching staff in 2019 as the Bobcats' first coach dedicated to quality control.
A 2017 graduate of Husson University, Coach Belnavis played four years of football at cornerback for the Eagles under head coach Gabby Price. He earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, and is currently studying for his master's degree in athletic administration.
Coach Belhavis has also coached wide receivers and defensive backs at Poland Regional High School for the past two years.
A native of Auburn, Maine, Coach Belnavis was an all-conference wide receiver at Edward Little High School, helping the Red Eddies win three conference championships. He was a team captain as a senior and played in the Maine Shriners Bowl.
Nicole Clark enters her second year as Manager of Equipment and Contest Operations at Bates College. Prior to this role, Clark served as equipment manager for 10 years at Colby College.
Clark's duties for Bates Athletics include procurement, distribution, inventory and repair of equipment, as well as field coverage for 31 varsity teams.
Clark completed her undergraduate work at the University of Maine at Farmington in 2008, where she was the sports photographer for the student newspaper. She graduated from Southern New Hampshire University in 2016 with a Master's in Sport Management.
She is a member of the Athletic Equipment Managers Association and became certified in 2017. As a member of the AEMA, Clark has attended several conventions, served on a role delineation committee and was published in the annual journal in 2018.