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Hawks’ defensive coordinator Andy Bobik is in his 23rd season at Monmouth, where he also coaches defensive line. An original assistant from head coach Kevin Callahan’s first coaching staff assembled in 1993, Bobik left for one season before returning to West Long Branch. He was named Associate Head Coach in 2009.
Bobik has mentored some of the most decorated players in Monmouth history, including All-American Joe Sentipal, countless all-conference performers and former Washington Redskin's safety Jose Gumbs.
Since joining the Big South in 2014, Monmouth defensive players have earned all-conference accolades five times, including two-time first team selection Mike Basile. Basile, a 2016 preseason All-America selection, broke a 14-year school record for tackles in a season when he recorded 119 as a sophomore in 15. Bobik's defensive schemes produced 47 takeaways, including an impressive 26 in 2014.
In 2012 Bobik’s squad featured a pair of all-conference performers, including linebacker Dan Sullivan who finished in the top-10 leaders in the NEC in both tackles for loss and sacks. Fifth-year senior Chris Luma was also named as an all-league performer from his defensive tackle position. Bobik’s unit had its finest performance in a 38-6 win over the University of Rhode Island from the Colonial Athletic Association. In that game, MU held the Rams to 1-of-10 on third down, 49 yards rushing and held an opponent to the lowest scoring output since 2009.
His 2011 defensive corps ranked 18th in the nation in tackles for loss, with over seven per contest, a number that was good for second in the NEC. Two Hawks ranked in the top five in TFLs, with Ian Simon and Sullivan combining for 26.5 on the year. Simon, a first team all-league selection, led the conference in sacks with nine.
Jose Gumbs wrapped up his stellar four year career with the Hawks in 2011, earning Third Team All-America honors as a senior. When all was said and done, Gumbs finished third on MU's all-time tackles list, behind Aaron Edwards and Sentipal. The three-time First Team All-NEC selection would go on to sign a free-agent contract with New Orleans Saints of the NFL in April of 2012.
In 2008 and 2009, Bobik coached the Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Year, with linebacker/safety Jose Gumbs bringing home the 2009 honor. Gumbs, who earned NEC Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2008, earned the conference's top defensive honor after moving to linebacker due to injuries, a position he had never played at any level. It was defensive tackle Kevin Walsh would earn the award for the 2008 season, then go on to be named to the Associated Press' All-American Third Team. Over that two-year span five players were named to All-NEC squads.
Bobik was charged with replacing nine starters in 2007 and despite fielding a mostly inexperienced team his squad still was one of the top in the Northeast Conference. Bobik coached three All-NEC performers including defensive backs Ayo Falae and Derek Bischoff and defensive tackle Kevin Walsh. The Hawks allowed the second least amount of passing yards, while their +12 turnover margin was 12th in the nation.
In 2006 Bobik led the Hawk defense to the top-ranking in scoring defense, as Monmouth allowed just over 12 points per game. Monmouth was also ranked in the top-10 nationally in scoring pass efficiency defense, total defense and rushing defense as the Hawks captured their fifth NEC title. Under Bobik’s guidance, the Blue & White had five players on the All-NEC teams, two players on the Football Gazette All-Region and three players on the Football Gazette Mid-Major All-America squads in 2006.
Bobik was the defensive coordinator of Monmouth’s first two squads in 1993 and 1994. In 1995, he served as defensive coordinator at Wagner College and guided the nation’s fifth-best Division I-AA defense that season. While at Wagner, Bobik also served as assistant athletics director. He returned to Monmouth in 1996.
During his tenure, the Hawks have fielded one of the best defenses on the I-AA level, including the top ranked defense in both 2000 and 2003. In 2003, Monmouth paced the nation in total defense, scoring defense and passing defense. In 2000, the Hawks not only led the nation in total defense, but they were also the head of the class in pass defense and ranked in the top 10 in scoring defense. The Hawks set a school and Northeast Conference record with 58 sacks on the year.
Bobik initially arrived at Monmouth in 1993 after serving six years as defensive line coach at his alma mater, Colgate. Before his stint at Colgate, he served one year as linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator at West Chester (Pa.) University in 1986.
Bobik spent three seasons coaching at Cornell University from 1983 to 1985. He coached linebackers at Cornell the first two years and served as tight ends coach in his final season.
A native of Binghamton, N.Y., Bobik began his coaching career as an undergraduate at Colgate University. He coached the Red Raiders’ junior varsity in 1981 and 1982.
Bobik received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Colgate in 1982. A linebacker at Colgate, Bobik earned one varsity letter before an injury ended his career. Coach Bobik is married to the former Victoria Hopwood.