Associate Head Coach Kevin Bolis is set to begin his ninth season on the sidelines at Sacred Heart University in 2015. This will be Bolis' fifth season as Sacred Heart's offensive coordinator and he will once again coach the Pioneer offensive linemen.
The 2014 season saw continued success for the Pioneer offense. The squad averaged 383.9 yards of offense a game, with 4,607 total yards, the second most in program history, with 2,532 coming in the air. The Bolis led offense scored 27.5 points per game, second in the NEC, as was the team's passing offense.
Bolis is responsible for the SHU offensive line, dubbed the axe men, who were well represented when postseason awards were announced. Jaime Martinez earned Sports Network FCS Third Team All-America, as well as ECAC All-Star accolades. Martinez was tabbed First-Team All-NEC for the second consecutive year, and his linemate Dan Polaski earned Second-Team All-NEC honors.
The 2013 Pioneer offense set new school records for first downs (248), rushing yards (3,077), total yards (5,293) and tied the school record with 450 points. The axe men paved the way for the Pioneers to lead the NEC in rushing and for junior running back Keshaudas Spence to win Northeast Conference Offensive Player of the Year and also second team All-American honors. The O-Line yielded just nine sacks all season on first-year QB R.J Noel, who won NEC Rookie of the Year. Noel accounted for 2,892 yards from scrimmage and 31 total touchdowns.
Two of Bolis' offensive lineman, Paul Link and Martinez, were First-Team All-NEC selections, while Link was also named to the All-New England team.
In previous years, Bolis’ offensive line paved the way for 1,000 yard rushers in 2007 (Jason Payne) and 2008 (Evan Jones), and gave up only 7 sacks in 2008. He has mentored several All-Conference selections during his tenure, including offensive linemen Ryan Arroyo ’08, Justin Smith ’08 and Abel Malae ’09, as well as tight end Rich Rossi, who was Sacred Heart’s leading receiver in 2011, tallying 47 catches for 574 yards and 6 touchdowns.
Bolis came to Sacred Heart after spending the 2005 and 2006 seasons coaching the offensive line, tight ends and running backs at his alma mater, Colgate University. In 2005, he mentored 3rd Team All-American running back and ECAC “Rookie of the Year” Jordan Scott, who rushed for over 1300 yards and played a significant role in Colgate’s Patriot League championship season. While a player for the Raiders, Bolis was a four-year starter and two-time All-Conference selection, helping lead his team to two Patriot League titles and three NCAA Tournament berths.
After receiving his degree, he moved on to his first coaching stint at Canisius College (2001), then a two-year stint as a graduate assistant coach at Iowa State University (’02-’03) before spending the 2004 season coaching the offensive line and tight ends at Bryant University.
Kevin and his wife, Maria, live in Milford with their daughter Chloe.