Bowdoin Football Announces Additions to Coaching Staff for 2011

Bowdoin Football Announces Additions to Coaching Staff for 2011

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College Athletic Department has announced three football staff additions for the 2011 season. The Polar Bears filled vacancies on the staff with former collegiate head coaches Andrew Cohen and Joe White, as well as former Polar Bear student-athlete Matt Leotti.

Andrew Cohen joins the Bowdoin coaching staff as defensive coordinator for the 2011 season. A veteran coach at the Division I-AA and III levels, Cohen most recently coached at Lycoming (Pa.) where he led the #2 ranked defense in the Middle Atlantic Conference. Prior to Lycoming, Cohen was the defensive coordinator and interim head coach at Bucknell, where his credits include leading the Patriot League's second-best rush defense in 2009 as the unit ranked among the league's best with 23 turnovers. He was also a member of the coaching staff for Bucknell's 1996 Patriot League championship squad. Cohen's resume also includes successful coaching stints at Columbia, Fordham and Stony Brook, where he has developed a track record of developing outstanding defensive corps. Cohen is a graduate of Marist College and earned his Master's Degree from Stony Brook.

The head coach at Rhodes (Tenn.) College for 14 seasons, Joe White joins the Polar Bear staff as wide receivers coach. Ranking second all-time in wins at Rhodes, White accumulated 64 victories and his 2010 team finished third overall in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. In addition to coaching dozens of All-SCAC players during his tenure, his 2010 squad boasted 19 Academic All-SCAC student-athletes. White's resume also includes stops at Columbia University, where he was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator from 1989-97. He got his start at his alma mater, Springfield College, as a coach from 1982-86, where he also owns a Master's Degree in Physical Education.

Also joining the Polar Bear coaching staff this fall is Matt Leotti, a 2010 graduate of Bowdoin who will make his collegiate coaching debut as an assistant coach of the defensive backs. A talented defensive back while playing for Bowdoin, he was named as a co-captain for the 2009 season. As a senior, he was third on the team with 48 tackles and made two interceptions, including a touchdown return against Bates. A decorated three-sport athlete at the Delbarton School, he majored in Government and Legal Studies at Bowdoin and this past spring returned to football as a player for the Trenton franchise in the Southern Indoor Football League.

Bowdoin will open its 2011 campaign at home on September 24 against Williams College.