Mark Harriman is the 19th head coach in the 118-year history of the Bates College football program. After leading Bates to a 5-3 record and the outright Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) title in 2012, Harriman was named NESCAC Co-Coach of the Year, sharing the honor with Trinity’s Jeff Devanney. For the 2013 season, Harriman will bring a 31-89 record into his 16th year at the Bobcats’ helm, during which time the Bobcats have captured three outright Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) titles, most recently in 2012, and one shared CBB crown in the 2009 season. Harriman is also assistant director of athletics at Bates. After coaching linebackers and/or coordinating the Bobcat defense in his first 12 years at Bates, Harriman coached quarterbacks for a third straight year in 2012. He is also the team’s academic coordinator and Admissions liaison. His recruiting areas of responsibility are western Massachusetts and metropolitan New York.
To Harriman, academics are linked inextricably with athletics at Bates.
“We want all of our players to realize their potential on the field and in the classroom,” Harriman says. “To accomplish this, we look for individuals who have a great work ethic on and off the field and who have a passion for football. We demand two things of everyone, regardless of their abilities: accountability for their actions in every phase of their lives, and a willingness to be a team player. In other words, Bates football players put the good of the team and their community ahead of the pursuit of personal accolades.”
A native of Westbrook, Maine, Harriman served as the defensive coordinator at Harvard for four seasons before arriving at Bates. The 1997 Crimson were the only Division I-AA team ranked in the top five in rushing defense, pass-efficiency defense and scoring defense, helping produce Harvard’s first undefeated Ivy League title.
Harriman’s efforts earned him American Football Quarterly’s 1997 Division I-AA Defensive Coordinator of the Year honors. Prior to his stint at Harvard, his defense helped Princeton win two Ivy League titles. A 1980 graduate of Springfield College, Harriman was an All-New England linebacker.
Harriman lives in Monmouth, Maine, with his wife, Sue.
Duncan Averill is in his third year of coaching at Bates, following stints at four other football programs in New England. In addition to coaching defensive backs and coordinating strength and conditioning for the Bobcats, Coach Averill is the team’s video coordinator and a special teams assistant. Prior to Bates, he coached at: Husson University, where he coached both wide receivers and defensive backs over three years, and helped lead the Eagles to an ECAC Bowl appearance in 2008; Norwich University, where he coached running backs for one year; Maine Maritime Academy, where he was a defensive assistant for two years, including the Mariners’ ECAC Bowl Championship season in 2005; and his one year at his alma mater, Bridgewater State College, where he played wide receiver for the Bears during two NCAA Division III playoff appearances. A native of Farmington, Maine, and a graduate of Mt. Blue High School, Duncan lives in Auburn with his wife Lee and 3-year-old son Logan. His recruiting areas of responsibility include Connecticut, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Texas and Eastern Massachusetts.
Skip Capone is the senior member of the Bates coaching staff; he’s now in his 16th season as a coach for the Bobcats, and his second as the team’s special teams coordinator. Prior to his time at Bates, Coach Capone was the head coach at Lewiston High School, where he led the Blue Devils to a Maine State Class A championship. His recruiting areas are Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Skip resides in Auburn with his wife, Marie, and has two children, Krysta and Matt Capone ’07, a former track and field standout and the former interim head coach of both the men’s and women’s track and field teams at Bates.
A 2011 graduate of Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, Mark Clements is in his second year of coaching at Bates; he served as Bates’ wide receivers coach in the 2011 season. His recruiting areas of responsibility includee parts of Florida and Texas. Coach Clements earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education at St. Joe’s, where he played catcher for the Monks baseball team. Before transferring to St. Joe’s, Mark attended Maine Maritime Academy and played football for the Mariners. In 2006, Mark captained and quarterbacked his Gorham High School team to the Maine State Class A championship game. Mark’s uncle, Gene Keene, also coached receivers at Bates in 2003. Coach Clements lives in Portland.
A 2011 graduate of the University of Connecticut, where he majored in marketing, Mark Dupuis assisted the UConn football program for the past five years, as a student manager and then as an intern assistant coach for the Husky offense. During his time in Storrs, UConn won Big East championships in 2007 and 2010, and went to the 2007 Meinecke Car Care Bowl, the 2008 International Bowl, the 2009 Papajohns.com Bowl and the 2010 Fiesta Bowl. The Salem, New Hampshire native was the captain of the 2006 Salem High School football team, where he played both quarterback and safety, and he was a 2007 Scholar-Athlete Award recipient from the Joe Yukica New Hampshire Chapter of the National Football Foundation. Coach Dupuis lives in Lewiston. His recruiting areas of responsibility include the Midwestern states.
Chris Kempton is now in his seventh season at Bates, where he serves as defensive coordinator and also coaches linebackers. Coach Kempton, the Bobcats’ former special teams and defensive backs coach, previously coached for six years at Colby College and was a high school head coach in Maine for six years. He graduated from the University of Maine at Orono with a bachelor’s degree in physical education. Coach Kempton’s recruiting areas include Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Central and Eastern Massachusetts.. He lives with his wife Kim and daughters Paycen (5) and Logan (3) in Winthrop.
Brett McAllister graduated from Bates College last May with a bachelor’s degree in history. A four-year letter-winner on the Bates football team, Coach McAllister started all eight games of his sophomore, junior and senior seasons for Bates at outside linebacker, totaling 176 tackles in all (123 solo), with nine sacks and seven interceptions. As a sophomore in 2009, Coach McAllister led the NESCAC in both solo tackles (51) and fumble recoveries (3); he also led the Bobcats in sacks in both his junior and senior seasons. As a freshman he was listed at defensive back, and saw action in six of eight games. A native of Exeter, New Hampshire, McAllister was a captain of the Exeter High football team, a two-time First Team All-State selection at halfback and a recipient of the Scholar-Athlete Award from the Joe Yukica New Hampshire Chapter of the National Football Foundation. His recruiting areas of responsibility include parts of New York state. Coach McAllister’s older brother, Kyle McAllister ’10, was a two-time All-NESCAC safety and is currently an assistant coach at St. Lawrence University.
Daryle Weiss is in his fifth season coaching at Bates, and his third as the Bobcats’ offensive coordinator. Coach Weiss has served as the team’s recruiting coordinator and offensive line coach in all four of his years in Lewiston. Prior to coaching at Bates, he was head football coach at Westbrook High School in 2007, after a six-year stint as head football coach at Rockland High School. A New Jersey native, Coach Weiss graduated from New Jersey City University with a degree in special education. Weiss was a professional actor for five years, and trained at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute in New York City. Coach Weiss’s recruiting areas of responsibility includee New Jersey, Rhode Island, Oklahoma, and Eastern and Western Massachusetts. He lives in Turner with his wife Kelly, his 13-year-old son Marshall and his 7-year-old daughter Abby.