Under Bob Shoop’s steady and confident leadership, the College’s defense has undergone a remarkable transformation in his four short years on campus. A veteran of 22-years in the coaching ranks, Shoop molded the young group he inherited for the 2007 season and organized them into what has become one of the league’s elite units.
After going through a run of four coordinators in the five years prior to his arrival, the Tribe was searching for stability in the position and turned to Shoop in February of 2007. An outstanding teacher and organizer, Shoop provides the program a proven track record of success and championship credentials.
While his career has seen many highlights, the 2009 season might stand alone in terms of on-field success, as his William & Mary defense put together one of the most remarkable efforts in school history. It ended the year having allowed just 61 yards rushing per game (1st nationally), 229 total yards per game (2nd nationally), and only 12 points per game (2nd nationally). Additionally, opponents converted just 28.1% of 3rd down opportunities on the season. The Tribe forced 27 turnovers (13th nationally), tallied 3.43 sacks per game (3rd nationally), and eight tackles for loss per game (8th nationally). Opponents scored just 12 of 21 times inside the red zone. Shoop’s effort earned him the honor of being named as the 2009 FootballScoop Football Championship Series (FCS) Coordinator of the Year powered by Muscle Milk®.
Shoop’s résumé spans two decades as a Division I coach, including two separate stints as a defensive coordinator (Yale, 1994-96; Villanova, 1997) and three years of head coaching experience (Columbia, 2003-05).
He is responsible for recruiting Western Pennsylvania and the Richmond area and personally oversees the Tribe’s defensive backfield.
In addition to the team’s successes, his players have earned a wealth of individual honors, including his directly overseeing both the CAA Defensive Rookie of the Year (cornerback, BW Webb) and first-team all-conference safety (David Caldwell) last season. Additionally, he has developed two NFL caliber players since his arrival; 2009 third-round draft pick, cornerback Derek Cox (Jacksonville Jaguars) and 2010 free agent safety David Caldwell (Indianapolis Colts).
Shoop’s most recent position prior to coming to the College was at the University of Massachusetts, where he worked with the Minutemen’s defensive backfield and helped the squad to an appearance in the NCAA Division I-AA Championship game in 2006. His season at UMass was successful on an individual basis as well, as three of his players were named to all-conference honors, including a pair being tabbed for first-team accolades.
Prior to his season in Amherst, Shoop headed the Columbia football program for three seasons and produced 20 All-Ivy League selections during his tenure. In 2005, he led the program to its first 2-0 start since 1996, a feat accomplished just three times in the previous 50 years. He ended his time with the Lions with a 7-23 mark. In his first season with the Lions (2003), he led Columbia to a 4-6 record, its best since 1998, which 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’ success, including bowl victories in three of his four seasons. Shoop’s secondary was a key cog in BC’s 9-4 record and Motor City Bowl victory in 2002, as the Eagles ranked 13th in the nation in passing defense and 17th in pass efficiency defense.
Shoop also had 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 played his collegiate football at Yale. He earned honorable mention All-Ivy accolades in 1987 as a wide receiver. 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 was inducted into the Allegheny-Kiski Valley Sports Hall of Fame this past summer.
He and his wife, Maura, have two children, Tyler and Jay. His brother John is the offensive coordinator at the University of North Carolina.