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Eric Westerfield
Assistant Coach - Defensive Line/Academic Coordinator

Eric Westerfield joined the Bowdoin coaching staff in the summer of 2013. Westerfield coaches the defensive line and is the academic coordinator for the Polar Bears. Most recently an assistant coach at The Citadel, Westerfield has 17 years of coaching experience, including stops at Harvard, Ohio Northern and Methodist (N.C.). He has specialized in defensive line coaching and recruiting and has had success at every stop, including the nation's second-ranked defense and an Ivy League Championship at Harvard in 2004 and The Citadel's first winning season in 15 years in 2007. Westerfield is a 1992 graduate of Hamilton College, where he was a four-year starter and two-year captain at defensive tackle. He twice earned First Team All-NESCAC honors and was named Co-Defensive Player of the Year by the league in 1991. He graduated from Hamilton with a degree in Government.
 
Recruiting areas: Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, North Carolina, South Carolina
 

Rob Eggerling
Assistant Coach - Safeties

Eggerling joined Bowdoin in the summer of 2016 after eight years at Saint Anselm, where he was most recently the Associate Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator. He coaches the safeties for the Polar Bears. He enjoys a decorated coaching career that saw him named the Division II Assistant Coach of the Year by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston in 2014. From 2008-2012, his defensive units were consistently nationally-ranked in total takeaways, creating 112 turnovers during that stretch. His prior coaching experience includes a stint at Hartwick, where he was the team's defensive coordinator in 2007 when the team won the Empire 8 and was ranked 19th nationally in interceptions, as well as UNH and St. Lawrence. Eggerling was a four-year letterwinner in football at Southern Connecticut State University where he earned his bachelor degree in exercise science in 2001. A native of Syracuse, N.Y., attended Central Square High School, before attending Bridgton Academy in North Bridgton, Maine. Eggerling graduated with his master's degree from Saint Lawrence University in 2003.
 
Recruiting areas: Virginia, Maryland, D.C., Colorado, New Hampshire, Washington
 

Kyle McAllister
Assistant Coach - Cornerbacks

Kyle McAllister arrived at Bowdoin in the summer of 2018 after a stint as recruiting coordinator, special teams coordinator and defensive line coach at Tufts University. He will assume coaching duties of the cornerbacks for the Polar Bears this season. A 2010 Bates graduate, Mcallister was a two-time All-NESCAC selection at safety and was the league’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2008. He began his coaching career at Georgetown in 2010 and was the defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator at St. Lawrence from 2010-12. Prior to joining Tufts, he was defensive ends coach and punt return coordinator at the University of New Hampshire beginning in 2012. He will lead the wide receivers and be the special teams coordinator at Bowdoin.
 
Recruiting areas: New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts (East), Pennsylvania (East)