Rhatican Joins Polar Bears, Leotti Returns to Bowdoin Football Coaching Staff

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BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College Athletic Department has announced the hiring of Geoff Rhatican and Matt Leotti as assistant coaches for the Polar Bear football team.

Rhatican joins the staff after serving most recently as an assistant coach for Bates while Leotti, a 2010 graduate of Bowdoin, assumes a full-time position on the coaching staff after assisting with the Polar Bear defense for the last three years.

Rhatican is a 2008 graduate of Brown University, where he played wide receiver for the Bears after completing his prep career at Dallas Jesuit in Texas. His resume includes coaching stints at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, where he coached the top two all-time leading receivers in school history, Trinity College, where he worked with a trio of All-NESCAC running backs, and at Bates, where he mentored All-NESCAC tailback Shaun Doherty last fall. Rhatican earned his master's degree in Public Policy and Law from Trinity in 2012. He will coach the Polar Bear running backs and fullbacks in 2014.

Leotti is promoted to a full-time position on the Bowdoin coaching staff after acting as an assistant for the Polar Bear defense for the last three seasons. As a coach of the linebackers last fall, he assisted a unit led by NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year Joey Cleary. 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 remained active as a player, competing for the Trenton franchise in the Southern Indoor Football League and for the Laredo Rattlesnakes of the Lone Star Football League and the Harrisburg Stampede of American Indoor Football (AIF). Leotti will coach the Bowdoin safeties this season.

Bowdoin will open their 2014 campaign at Williams on Saturday, September 20. The Polar Bears will play their home opener the following Saturday, September 27, at Whittier Field. The complete schedule is available here.