"I am extremely excited about the opportunity to come back home and be a part of a program that is committed to excelling on the field and also in helping build young men into positive members of society."
- Coach Bacote
Marc Bacote will begin his second season as a member of the Old Dominion Football coaching staff overseeing the Monarchs' defensive backs.
In Bacote's first season with Old Dominion, the Monarchs made a splash in both their first season of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), but the national scene as well. With a 10-3 overall record and 6-2 conference mark, ODU finished with a No. 10 national ranking in both the FCS Coaches and Sports Network/Fathead.com Polls and second in the CAA. The Monarchs advanced to their first ever post-season appearance reaching the second round of the FCS playoffs.Under Bacote's guidedance, cornerback Eriq Lewis became a Second Team All-CAA honoree.
Bacote joined the Monarch coaching staff from Rutgers University where he worked in player development, including assisting with the defensive backs and specials teams under former coach and current Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano.
Prior to joining the Scarlet Knight staff, Bacote spent two seasons at Morehead State coaching the wide receivers.
A standout at both Hampton High School and Fork Union Military Academy, Bacote was a four-year letterwinner at wide receiver for James Madison from 1997-2000, including the Dukes' 1999 Atlantic-10 co-championship and NCAA playoff appearance. He caught 48 passes for 602 yards and four touchdowns in his career.
Following his collegiate career, Bacote played both wide receiver and linebacker in the Arena2 league with stints with the Richmond Speed, Wichita Stealth, Manchester Wolves, and Bossier-City Shreveport Battlewings. He earned Honorable Mention All-League his final three seasons in the league.
After concluding his playing career, Bacote returned to James Madison to finish his degree, graduating in 2008 with a degree in Kinesiology and began his coaching career assisting the wide receivers as a volunteer coach.
The Bacote File:
Birthdate: December 26, 1978
Hometown: Hampton, Va.
High School: Hampton High School
College: James Madison '08
Primary: Virginia - 757 (Peninsula to Bay Rivers), Florida (Pensacola, Panama City, Tallahassee, Gainesville, Ocala)
Auxiliary: Florida (South Florida), Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi
2011 - Present: Old Dominion University - Defensive Backs
2010 - 2011: Rutgers University - Player Development
2008 - 2010: Morehead State University - Wide Receivers
2008: James Madison University - Volunteer Assistant - Wide Receivers
2007: Bossier-City Shreveport Battlewings (Arena2) - Honorable Mention All-League
2005 - 2006: Manchester Wolves (Arena2) - Honorable Mention All-League
2004: Wichita Stealth (Arena2)
2003: Richmond Speed (Arena2)
All-Conference Monarchs Under Coach Bacote:
2011: Eriq Lewis - All-CAA Second Team