Bloom and Blumenauer Join Bowdoin Football Coaching Staff

Bloom and Blumenauer Join Bowdoin Football Coaching Staff

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College Athletic Department has announced the hiring of Shem Bloom and Tom Blumenauer as assistant coaches for the Polar Bear football team.

Most recently assistant coaches under JB Wells at Endicott College, Bloom will serve as defensive coordinator for Bowdoin while Blumenauer has been named offensive coordinator.

Bloom, a former standout defensive lineman at Wesleyan where he was a two-year captain and two-time All-NESCAC selection, 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. Prior to joining Endicott, Bloom served as the linebackers coach and special teams coordinator for Middlebury for two seasons, acting as part of a staff that accumulated the program's best two-year record (14-2) in over 40 years. 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.

Blumenauer led an Endicott offense that averaged 26.9 points and over 400 yards per game in 2014. The Gulls were the top passing team in the NEFC last fall, averaging 320.5 yards through the air with 29 touchdowns. Prior to joining Endicott, Blumenauer was the quarterbacks and wide receivers coach at St. Lawrence University from 2010-2013, helping the Saints to their best season in 30 years in 2013 with a 7-3 record. A former outside linebacker and free safety at Ithaca from 2004-06, Blumenauer earned Empire 8 All-Star recognition in 2005 and 2006 as well as the All-East Region Team in 2006.

As part of the restructuring of the football staff, Ryan Sullivan will assume full-time head coaching duties of the Bowdoin softball program and will oversee Intramural Athletics at Bowdoin. John Burrell will not return as an assistant coach for the Polar Bears.

Bowdoin will open its 2015 campaign on September 26 at Whittier Field against Williams College.