The 2012-13 season was the 28th campaign for Bowdoin Head Coach Tim Gilbride. During his career at Bowdoin, Gilbride has accumulated a 395-290 (.576) record, including a school-record 22-7 mark, NESCAC Championship Game berth and NCAA Tournament win in the 2007-08 season, when he was also named the NESCAC and New England Division III Coach of the Year.
Gilbride has led the Polar Bears to several postseason appearances, including three NCAA Tournament berths and has the best winning percentage of any men's basketball coach at Bowdoin and is the school's career wins leader.
Gilbride began his time at Bowdoin in the 1985-86 season, after serving as assistant men's basketball coach at American International College and head women's coach at his alma mater, Providence College. In his five years with Division II AIC, Gilbride was part of a team that had a cumulative record of 104-45. In 1985, AIC finished as NCAA New England Regional Champions with a 29-4 record and finished the season ranked third in the nation. As the head coach of the Providence College women, Gilbride had a career record of 82-27 and finished the 1980 season with a 22-7 record and a No. 16 national ranking.
Gilbride also served as the head men' soccer coach for the Polar Bears. In 1997 and 1998, Gilbride led the Polar Bear soccer squad to two straight trips to the NCAA tournament. In '98, Gilbride became the only coach in any division of the NCAA to lead both a men's soccer and a men's basketball team to the NCAA tournament.
Brandon Linton was named assistant men's basketball coach in the
fall of 2012.
Linton is a 2010 graduate of Clarkson University, where he was a starting point guard for the Golden Knights, leading the squad to its first-ever league title and NCAA Tournament appearance. Upon graduation, he ranked among the program leaders in virtually every statistical category including assists (3rd), steals (6th) and points (13th).
For the past two seasons, Linton has been an assistant basketball coach at Clarkson while also working as the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate and Transfer Admissions. He owns a degree in Business Studies and was also Clarkson's representative at the NCAA Student-Athlete Development Conference in 2009.
One of the greatest athletes in Bowdoin history, and a 2004 inductee into the school's Athletic Hall of Honor, Edward "Bo" McFarland joined the Polar Bear coaching staff in 2010. A 1969 graduate of Bowdoin, he became the school's all-time leading scorer in basketball and achieved such prowess on the baseball diamond that he was drafted by a major-league club.
A native of Scarborough, Maine, McFarland was the first Polar Bear to score 1,300 points, graduating with 1,356, and still holds the career scoring average record, 21.9 points per game. A two-time Division III All-East and All-New England performer, McFarland still holds the all-time season-scoring average among Polar Bears for his 1968-69 season, even without the help of the three-point shot.
That season, under head basketball coach Ray Bicknell, McFarland
led Bowdoin to a school-record 16 wins against just five losses.
That magical 1968-69 season saw McFarland average an unprecedented
25.1 points per game - a program mark that still stands more than
30 years later. He was honored by United Press International as New
England Player of the Year.
McFarland's records have stood the test of time, as he still holds Bowdoin records in single-season and career scoring, career field goals (474) and career free throws (469).