Braden Layer joined the Bowdoin coaching staff in the spring of 2019.
Layer served under new Polar Bear head coach B.J. Hammer at Allegheny College the last two seasons. He will serve as offensive coordinator for the Polar Bears after acting in the same role for the Gators. Over the last two years, Layer 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, Allegheny 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, 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.
Recruiting areas: Illinois, Ohio (Central/Southwest), Pennsylvania (West), Rhode Island, Wisconsin