Bowdoin part ways with head coach JB Wells

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

According to FootballScoop, the Bowdoin Polar Bears has informed head coach JB Wells that he will not be returning to the school in 2019. In his final season at the school, the team went 1-8.

The team lost seven straight games to begin the season. Then, the Polar Bears and the Bates Bobcats both came into the November 3rd game winless.


Bowdoin won 31-14 over Bates in the first-ever Whittier Field night game. The Polar Bears also snapped a 24-game losing streak with the win.

Wells has gone 3-31 in his four-year tenure at the school. Prior to the 2018 season, Wells had two wins with the 2015 season.

“The college is grateful for JB’s work in support of our football program and student-athletes, both on and off the field,” Bowdoin director of athletics Tim Ryan said in a news release. “During his four years at Bowdoin, JB engaged deeply with our community and we wish him well as he continues his coaching career in the years ahead.”

Prior to accepting the Bowdoin coaching job, he spent 2003 through 2014 seasons as the Endicott Gulls head coach. He went 75-48 at the school.

During his tenure, the team won the ECAC Bowl in 2011 and 2012. Also, in 2010 and 2013, the Gulls lost in the first-round of the NCAA Division III first-round of the playoffs.

He served as the Illinois Wesleyan Titans offensive coordinator from 1999 through 2001. He also served as the Trinity (Connecticut) Bantams offensive line coach in 1998.

He was the Chicago Maroons running backs coach in 1996 and 1997. He also spent two seasons as the Bobcats offensive line coach.

From 1992 and 1993, he was the Bantams offensive line coach. He began his coaching career as the Brown Bears tight ends coach in 1991.

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