BU Football hires new Head Coach

Anna Watson, Sports Writer

Over the holiday break, the Bloomsburg University Football team made a huge change that could potentially lead them to high standards of success. 

As a proud BU alumnus of the Class of 1986, Frank Sheptock has been hired as the new head coach by Bloomsburg University Director of Athletics, Dr. Michael McFarland. President Dr. Bashar Hanna also had a say in this decision, as he believes Sheptock will do an outstanding job stressing the values, skills and core principles of both football and academics. 

Before coming back to Bloomsburg, Sheptock worked as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for Misericordia University.

 He also has high school experience, acting as the athletic director and head coach of Berwick high school from 2016-2019, tallying with an impressive 27-11 record. Over those three seasons, his teams attained the District 2 Class 4A title game in his first two seasons and faced off at the district semifinals in the forthcoming year. 

With his background in defensive coordinating, Sheptock was also apart of Wilkes University’s Division III team from 1990-1995, and later went on committing as head coach from 1996-2014.

 During his time at Wilkes, Sheptock confirmed the program record for most wins in a season and career, with an overall mark of 107-81. Additionally, he led The Colonels to nine postseason performances. In 2005, his team made it to the NCAA Division III tournament and had a season record of 8-3. The following year, his team impressively went 11-1, and appeared in the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs.

Prior to the hiring of Sheptock, Bloomsburg fired head coach Paul Darragh briefly after the Huskies finished 5-6 in 2019. Because of this losing record, Bloomsburg has failed to qualify for the postseason for the fourth consecutive season.

 With the addition of Sheptock, the Huskies can only hope to end that streak in the 2020 season. 

Back in his football days, Sheptock was a four-time PSAC First Team selection, a three-time First Team Associated Press All-American, and All-East Region honoree for the Huskies. Also, from 1973-1997, Sheptock played linebacker as a member of the NCAA Division II Team of the Quarter Century. To this day, he maintains the school records for tackles in a career (537), single-season (159), and single-game (23), as well as career fumble recoveries (12). 

In 1997 Frank Sheptock was inducted into the Bloomsburg Athletics Hall of Fame, the College Football Hall of Fame in 2007, the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 2010 and was named to the PSAC’s 150 Contributors of College Football in 2019 as one of Bloomsburg’s ten honorees. 

These accomplishments exemplify key qualities in a coach, and the Bloomsburg Football team looks forward to perhaps a bright future ahead.