Mark Harriman is the 19th head coach in the 121-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.

Harriman coached the Bobcats to three consecutive .500 seasons or better for the first time since 1979.
During which time the Bobcats have captured five outright Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) titles, including 2015, 2014 and 2012, and three shared CBB crowns in the 2009, 2011 and 2013 seasons. After coaching linebackers and/or coordinating the Bobcat defense in his first 12 years at Bates, Harriman now coaches quarterbacks and running backs as well as coordinating the offense.  He coached Trevor Smith to the program’s first All-NESCAC honor for a quarterback in 2012.

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 nationally ranked defenses helped Princeton win two Ivy League titles.

A 1980 graduate of Springfield College, Harriman was an All-New England linebacker.