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Shoop left to become the defensive coordinator at William & Mary in 2007
Former Columbia head coach Bob Shoop joined the UMass staff in 2006 to serve as defensive backs coach with the Minutemen. He is reunited with UMass head coach Don Brown, who coached him as a player at Yale in 1987 and 1988.
Shoop ran the Columbia football program for three seasons and 20 All-Ivy League selections in his time. The Lions posted a 7-23 record in his three seasons, but had some highlights during his time. In 2005, he led the program to its first 2-0 start since 1996 and just the third time in 50 years.
In his first season with the Lions (2003), he led Columbia to a 4-6 record, its best since 1998, that included victories over Princeton and Harvard for the first time in the same season since 1978, and league victories in two of the Lions' last three games.
Prior to Columbia, he served as defensive secondary coach at Boston College for four years (1999-2002). Shoop played a major role in the Eagles' recent success, including a bowl victory in each of his four seasons. Shoop's secondary was a key cog in BC's 9-4 record and Motor City Bowl Championship in 2002. The Eagles ranked 13th in the nation in passing defense and 17th in pass efficiency defense.
Shoop boasts significant Ivy League experience as an assistant coach at Yale (1989 and 1994-96) under legendary Hall of Fame coach Carmen Cozza. He also has served stints as an assistant coach at Army (1998), Villanova, where he was defensive coordinator for the 12-1 1997 squad, and Northeastern (1991-93).
Shoop also brings experience as an Ivy League student-athlete to the Lions' locker room. As a former wide receiver at Yale, he earned honorable mention All-Ivy accolades in 1987. He was recognized with Yale Football's prestigious Robert Gardner Anderson Memorial Award for team spirit, dedication and leadership. Shoop also captained the Bulldog baseball team for which he earned four letters. He twice earned the Ducky Pond Award as the team's most outstanding pitcher.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts in economics from Yale in 1988.
Shoop hails from Oakmont, Pa., a suburb of Pittsburgh. He and his wife, Maura, have two children, Tyler and Jay. His brother John is the tight ends coach for the Oakland Raiders.
Shoop's Collegiate Coaching File Years School Assignment 1989 Yale Offensive Assistant Coach 1990 Virginia Offensive Graduate Assistant 1991-93 Northeastern Defensive Backs/Special Teams Coordinator 1994-96 Yale Defensive Coordinator/Special Teams Coord./Recruting Coord. 1997 Villanova Defensive Coordinator 1998 Army Defensive Backs 1999-2002 Boston College Defensive Backs 2003-05 Columbia Head Coach 2006 UMass Defensive Backs
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