Bob Shoop

Bob Shoop (born August 18, 1966) is an American football coach and former player who currently serves as safeties coach at the University of Michigan.[1] He has previously served as defensive coordinator at Mississippi State, Tennessee, Penn State, and Vanderbilt.[2] Shoop served as the head football coach at Columbia University from 2003 to 2005.

Bob Shoop
Current position
ConferenceBig Ten
Biographical details
Born (1966-08-18) August 18, 1966 (age 53)
Oakmont, Pennsylvania
Playing career
1988–1989Birmingham Bulls
Position(s)Wide receiver
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1989Yale (GA)
1990Virginia (GA)
1991–1993Northeastern (DB)
1994–1996Yale (DC)
1997Villanova (DC)
1998Army (DB)
1999–2002Boston College (DB)
2006UMass (DB)
2007–2010William & Mary (DC/DB)
2011–2013Vanderbilt (DC/S)
2014–2015Penn State (DC/S)
2016–2017Tennessee (DC)
2018–2019Mississippi State (DC/S)
2020–presentMichigan (S)
Head coaching record

Playing careerEdit

Shoop is a 1988 graduate of Yale University and both played and coached under Carmen Cozza. In his senior year, he was an honorable mention selection to the 1987 All-Ivy League team. In 1988, and the early part of 1989, Shoop played in the United Kingdom for the Birmingham Bulls.[3]

Shoop pitched for the Yale Bulldogs baseball team. He earned four varsity letters and twice won the Raymond W. (Ducky) Pond Pitching Award for outstanding pitching.

Coaching careerEdit

He served as an assistant coach at Yale and as defensive coordinator from 1994 to 1996. He was hired by Tom O'Brien at Boston College in 1999.

In 2003, Shoop was hired by Columbia University with the hopes that he would turn around the struggling program. He was fired shortly after the end of the 2005 with a record of 7–23 in his three seasons with the team. His 2005 team went winless in the Ivy League and he never finished above 6th place.

From 2007 to 2010, Shoop served as the defensive coordinator at William & Mary. On January 31, 2011, he was named as the defensive coordinator for the Vanderbilt Commodores, under new head coach James Franklin.[4] He followed Franklin to Penn State to be in the same capacity for the beginning of the 2014 season.

On January 9, 2016, Shoop was announced as the defensive coordinator for the Tennessee Volunteers.[5]

On December 10, 2017, Shoop was announced as the defensive coordinator for Mississippi State.[6]

On January 20, 2020, Shoop was named the new safeties coach for Michigan.[7]


Bob's brother, John Shoop, is a former offensive coordinator for Purdue University.[8]

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Columbia Lions (Ivy League) (2003–2005)
2003 Columbia 4–6 3–4 6th
2004 Columbia 1–9 1–6 T–7th
2005 Columbia 2–8 0–7 8th
Columbia: 7–23 4–17
Total: 7–23


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  4. ^ Low, Chris (January 31, 2011). "Franklin announces defensive staff". ESPN. Retrieved February 1, 2011.
  5. ^ The Tennessean (January 9, 2016). "Vols name Bob Shoop defensive coordinator". The Tennessean. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  6. ^ "Joe Moorhead Announces Hiring of Bob Shoop, Marcus Johnson". Mississippi State University Athletics. Retrieved January 21, 2020.
  7. ^ "Jean-Mary, Shoop Added to Defensive Staff; Harbaugh Named Special Teams Coordinator". Board of Regents of the University of Michigan. Retrieved January 21, 2020.
  8. ^ "John Shoop Bio". Purdue University. Retrieved December 16, 2013.

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