Bates College has a new football coach. And his name is Matt Coyne.
Coyne, who has played and coached in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), becomes the 22nd head coach of the Bobcats — he was introduced as the team’s new leader earlier today by Bates Director of Athletics, Jason Fein.
“We are delighted to welcome Matt Coyne to the Bobcat family as Bates’ head football coach,” Fein said in a statement. “Matt’s experience as a player and coordinator in the NESCAC, as well as his impressive football acumen, impressed everyone on the hiring committee, from students to coaches to alumni, and his ability to inspire and lead makes him the perfect person to take Bates football into the future.”
A native of Bristol, Connecticut, Coyne played and coached at Wesleyan University while spending two seasons with Oberlin College where he oversaw the team’s quarterbacks, pass game, and offense.
Last season, Coyne oversaw the Cardinals’ defense and special teams while coaching the linebackers. Wesleyan’s defense finished third in the NESCAC in sacks (20) and yards per play (6.0) while leading the 10-team league with 14 interceptions.
Wesleyan’s Nick Helbig was named the NESCAC’s Defensive Player of the Year after the Groton, Massachusetts native produced a team-high 50 tackles while placing second in the league in tackles for a loss (11).
“I am extremely grateful and honored to be selected as the next head football coach at Bates College,” Coyne said in today’s release announcing his hiring. “It’s an incredible opportunity to work with this group of exceptional student-athletes while representing one of the leading institutions in the country.”
Coyne inherits a Bates squad that posted a 3-6 record last fall, which included a pair of end-of-season wins against Bowdoin College and Hamilton College. 54 members of the 2021 team will return this season, including quarterback Colton Bosselait, wide receiver Sean Bryant, and linebacker Tony Hooks.
Added Coyne, “We are going to build a championship culture that our campus, community, and alumni will be proud to support.”