Today’s VBR Penn State coach profile takes a look at defensive coordinator Bob Shoop. After spending three seasons at Vanderbilt with James Franklin, Shoop made the move with him in January to Happy Valley. Aside from coordinating the defense, Shoop is also responsible for coaching the safeties.
While at Vanderbilt, Shoop helped coach the Commodores to Top 25 finishes in total defense every season. They finished 18th in 2011, 19th in 2012 and 23rd in 2013. Last season, Vanderbilt created an amazing 30 turnovers, which tied for 10th in the nation in that category. In 2012, Shoop’s defense allowed just 18.7 points a game, the best at the school since 1997.
Under Shoop’s guidance of the defense, cornerback Casey Heyward grabbed seven interceptions in 2011 and is tied for the Vanderbilt career record with 15 interceptions. He earned All-American and All-SEC honors as a senior and was selected in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers.
2013 will be Shoop’s 26th season of coaching. All of his experience is on defense, other than his two early years as a graduate assistant and his two years as a head coach at Columbia.
Prior to arriving at Vanderbilt, Shoop was in charge of the defense at William & Mary from 2007-2010. He held the defensive coordinator role at Villanova in 1997 and Yale from 1994-96. His other experience at the highest level of college football was as the defensive secondary coach from 1999-2002 at Boston College.
Shoop is a Pennsylvania native from Oakmont and graduated from Yale with a degree in economics. He played both football and baseball while in college.
At Penn State, Shoop inherits an experienced defense, especially in the secondary, that should be able to find success in 2014.
2011-13 – Vanderbilt (defensive coordinator/safeties)
2007-10 – William & Mary (defensive coordinator, secondary)
2006 – University of Massachusetts (defensive backs)
2003-05 – Columbia (head coach)
1999-2002 – Boston College (defensive secondary)
1998 – Army (defensive secondary)
1997 – Villanova (defensive coordinator)
1994-96 – Yale (defensive coordinator)
1991-93 – Northeastern (defensive backs)
1990 – Virginia (graduate assistant)
1989 – Yale (graduate assistant)
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