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Defensive Coaching Staff

Chris Sapp
Assistant Coach / Recruiting / Special Teams / Corners

Chris Sapp joined the Bowdoin coaching staff in the summer of 2012 and will serve as recruiting coordinator, cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator this fall.

Sapp came to Bowdoin from Middle Tennessee State University, where he was a defensive graduate assistant for two seasons. A 2005 graduate of North Greenville (S.C.) University, he was a three-year starter, two-year captain and All-League selection. He broke into coaching at his alma mater in the fall of 2005 before joining the football operations staff at Clemson in 2005 where he helped the Tigers win the Champs Sports Bowl. He moved on to coach at RPI in 2006, where he oversaw the receivers and kick return units until 2010, coaching the five All-Conference players and the school's all-time leading receiver. While earning his Master of Science at MTSU, Sapp coached the linebackers and cornerbacks for the past two seasons, helping the team earn a trip to the 2011 GoDaddy.com Bowl.

In the summer of 2014, Sapp worked with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League, installing plays, coaching technique and evaluating personnel for the offense. He also worked with the special teams in installing aspects of the kicking game.

A native of West Palm Beach, Florida, Sapp and his wife Jessica reside in Brunswick with their dog "Bronx".

 

Eric Westerfield
Assistant Coach / Defensive Line

Eric Westerfield joined the Bowdoin coaching staff in the summer of 2013. Westerfield will serve as defensive line coach 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 and currently resides in Brunswick with his wife Faith and daughters Jada, Tara, and Kiera.

 

Shem Bloom
Assistant Coach / Defensive Coordinator

Shem Bloom was named defensive coordinator for the Bowdoin football team in the spring of 2015. A former standout defensive lineman at Wesleyan where he was a two-year captain and two-time All-NESCAC selection, Bloom was most recently at Endicott where helped lead the Gulls defense that ranked third in the New England Football Conference in yards allowed in 2014. Under Bloom, Endicott was particulary tough against the pass, allowing just 166.6 yards per game through the air with 22 sacks in 10 games, also leading the league in tackles for loss. Prior to joining Endicott, Bloom served as the linebackers coach and special teams coordinator for Middlebury for three seasons, acting as part of a staff that accumulated the program's best two-year record (14-2) in over 40 years and shared the NESCAC Championship in 2013. Middlebury's defense ranked 26th in the country in points allowed per game (16.3) in 2013 while the 2012 team went 7-1 and ranked 21st among NCAA Division III schools with just 158.2 yards allowed per game. Prior to his time at Middlebury and directly following his graduation from Wesleyan in 2006, Bloom spent four season as an assistant coach for his alma mater as he worked with the linebackers, coordinating the team's video editing efforts and designed strength and conditioning programs.

 

Rob Eggerling
Assistant Coach / Defensive Backs

Eggerling joins 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 will assume defensive back coaching duties 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.