Bill Polin, a veteran of 17 seasons as a collegiate coach, including the last nine at the University of Richmond, was named University of Delaware tight ends coach on Jan. 5, 2017.
He added recruiting coordinator responsibilities in April, 2017 when Fontel Mines left the staff to coach at James Madison.
Polin worked closely with new Delaware head coach Danny Rocco over the last five seasons at Richmond, helping the Spiders make three straight NCAA playoff appearances, including berths in the semifinals in 2015 and the quarterfinals in 2016.
A 2000 graduate of Colby College in Waterville, Maine with a degree in American studies, Polin earned his master’s degree in education (social foundation) from the University of Virginia in 2006.
While at Richmond, Polin served as offensive line coach in 2008-11, running backs coach in 2014, and tight ends coach for four of the last five seasons (2012-13; 2015-16). During his tenure, the Spiders set nearly every school passing record, consistently ranking among the CAA and national leaders in scoring offense and total offense, and produced numerous all-conference and All-American performers.
Under his guidance, tight end Garrett Hudson earned third team All-Colonial Athletic Association honors in 2016 after catching 31 passes for 519 yards and five touchdowns. In 2014, running back Seth Fisher earned All-American honors and first team All-CAA distinction when he rushed for 777 yards and 16 touchdowns.
In 2013, Polin and his tight ends corps helped the Richmond offense set nearly every single school passing record. In total, the offense set six single-game, eight season and one career passing mark.
Coaching tight ends in 2012, the Richmond tight ends were as formidable a group as there was in the conference. Led by All-American Kevin Finney, the group proved to be a vital asset for a team that ranked 20th in the nation in passing offense and third in sacks allowed.
Since joining the staff, Polin has coached a talented unit of offensive linemen that has garnered five All-CAA honors and 12 different All-America awards. That list was headlined by Matt McCracken, a two-time first team All-CAA pick and a consensus first team All-America in 2009.
Prior to Richmond, Polin coached at NCAA II Stonehill College in Easton, Mass. where he served as the offensive coordinator in 2007. Prior to his position at Stonehill, Polin served as the running backs coach at Hofstra.
Building an impressive coaching resume, Polin started his career with NCAA III Middlebury as the tight ends coach. While at Middlebury, he served under head coach Mickey Heinecken, a former University of Delaware All-American player, football assistant coach, and recent inductee into the UD Athletics Hall of Fame.
Following his stint at Middlebury he served as tight ends coach at Dartmouth and later at Virginia for two seasons as a graduate assistant from 2004-05.
In 2005, following the departure of four assistant coaches from the UVa staff prior to the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl, Polin coached the offensive line in a 34-31 win over Minnesota.
Polin and his wife, Celia, were married in July 2008 and have a daughter, Marianna, and son, William.
THE BILL POLIN FILE
William Anthony “Bill” Polin (“pole-lin”)
Born: April 5, 1978
Hometown: Westwood, Mass. (Xaverian Brothers HS)
Playing Career: Colby College (1996-99)
Degree: Colby College ’00 (American Studies); Master in Education (Social Foundations), University of Virginia ‘06
Family: Wife, Celia; Daughter, Mariana (6); Son, Will (4)
College Coaching Timeline
2000 – Middlebury (TE)
2001-03 – Dartmouth (TE)
2004-05 –Virginia (GA)
2006 – Hofstra (RB)
2007 – Stonehill (OC)
2012-13 –Richmond (TE)
2014 –Richmond (RB)
2015-16 – Richmond (TE)
2017-Present –Delaware (TE/Recruiting Coordinator)
|Position:||Recruiting Coordinator/Tight Ends Coach|
|High School:||Xaverian Brothers|