Bates College Football Coaching Staff
(email@example.com ) is the 19th
head coach in the 105-year history of the Bates College football program.
A Westbrook, Maine, native, Harriman was the defensive coordinator at Harvard
for four seasons before arriving at Bates. The 1997 Crimson was 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 in three years. A 1980 graduate of Springfield College,
Harriman was an All-New England linebacker.
Skip Capone enters his fourth season as the offensive
line coach for the Bobcats. Prior to arriving at Bates, Skip was the head
coach at Lewiston High School where he led the Blue Devils to two state
Class A championships. Skip is also the director of the Central Maine
Football camps. His recruiting areas are Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
Skip resides in Auburn with his wife Marie and two children Krysta and Matt.
Jason Desjarlais begins his first season at
Bates. He will handle the defensive line and coordinate the strength and
conditioning program. Jason joins the Bobcats after serving as the
defensive line coach at the University of San Diego. Prior to his stint at
USD, he also coached the defensive line at both Humboldt State and Western Montana. A 1997 graduate of Western Montana, Jason was a two time All - American
defensive lineman. His recruiting areas include Western Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York State and Pennsylvania. Jason is single and resides in Lewiston.
Craig Vandersea is the third-year coach of running
special teams. He is a 1990 graduate of Brunswick (Maine) High School, where he was a three-sport standout, earning All-State honors as a junior and senior. A 1995 graduate of the
University of Rhode Island, where he played varsity football for four years, Craig was an assistant baseball and football coach at Norwich University and a football assistant under his father, Howard, at Bowdoin before joining the Bates staff as running
backs coach. He is also the Bobcats' head baseball coach. Craig and his wife Nicole reside in Lewiston.
Jeff Vartabedian serves as the Bobcats'
offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. In the spring he assists
with the men's lacrosse team. Before coming to Bates Jeff had stops at
Cortland State, where the team qualified for the 1997 NCAA playoffs,
Trinity College and Princeton University, where the Tigers won the Ivy
League championship in 1995. Jeff is a graduate of Springfield College.
He also earned his Masters degree at Springfield while serving as an
assistant coach. His recruiting area is eastern Massachusetts. Jeff
resides in Lewiston with his wife Danielle who is expecting their first child.
Steve Vashel starts his second season as the defensive
backfield coach and his first as the defensive coordinator. He began his
coaching career at Trinity College then returned to Springfield, earning
his Master's degree and serving as an assistant coach. Steve joined the
Harvard University staff as outside linebackers coach before moving to
King's College where he directed the defensive backfield and was the
head freshman coach. His recruiting areas are central Massachusetts, New
York City and New Jersey. Steve resides in Lewiston with his wife Cathy.