BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin College Athletic Department has announced the hiring of Braden Layer and Matt Cochran as assistant football coaches.
Both Layer and Cochran served under new Polar Bear head coach B.J. Hammer at Allegheny College since 2017. Layer will serve as offensive coordinator for Bowdoin while Cochran will coach the offensive line. In their two seasons together in those same roles at Allegheny, Layer and Cochran oversaw one of the most potent offenses in program history as the squad averaged 30.7 points and over 420 yards/game. This past season, the Gators featured an extremely balanced attack, averaging 247.9 yards passing and 143.0 yards rushing per game in a 6-4 campaign.
Prior to arriving at Allegheny in 2017, Braden Layer spent the 2016 season coaching quarterbacks and wide receivers, while also serving as co-offensive coordinator, at Sewanee: The University of the South. He helped produce a pair of All-Southern Athletic Association receivers, as his unit produced the program's most passing yards and passing touchdowns in over a decade. Before that, Layer spent two years on the Denison coaching staff, serving as passing game coordinator, wide receivers coach, and recruiting coordinator. The Big Red went a combined 13-7 over Layer's two years, the program's best two-year stretch in 20 seasons. Layer began his coaching career in 2013, working at Austin Peay as defensive backs coach.
Layer was a four-year letterwinner at Denison, beginning his career as a quarterback before spending his final two seasons at receiver. A two-time All-NCAC honoree at receiver and 2012 Capital One Academic All-America selection, Layer graduated as the fifth-leading pass catcher in Denison history, totaling 122 catches, 1,613 yards, and 13 touchdowns. He graduated from Denison with honors with degrees in both economics and communications, earning a spot on the 2012 National Football Foundation's Hampshire Honor Society. He went on to earn a M.S. in health and human performance while at Austin Peay.
Matt Cochran was hired at Allegheny in 2017 after spending two seasons as defensive line coach Wesley College in Dover, Delaware. The Wolverines earned NCAA Division III tournament appearances in both years, capturing the 2016 outright New Jersey Athletic Conference championship, while earning a share of the NJAC title in 2015. Wesley went a combined 20-5 in Cochran's two seasons. He began his coaching career at his alma mater, Denison University, where he worked for two seasons as an assistant in the football office.
Cochran played collegiately at Denison from 2010-13, and was a four-year letterwinner, starting 39 of a possible 40 games on the offensive line. A two-time All-NCAC honoree, he served as team captain during a senior season in which he won the team's Jack Tamblyn Memorial Award, and the Big Red Warrior Club Strength and Conditioning Award. A native of Massillon, Ohio, Cochran earned a degree in economics from Denison in 2014, adding a minor in computer science, before he received a master's in Sports Leadership from Wesley during his coaching tenure with the Wolverines.