Rob Eggerling returns for his eighth season as the associate head coach and defensive coordinator at Saint Anselm in 2015.
At the end of the 2014 season, Eggerling was named the Division II Assistant Coach of the Year by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston.
Eggerling's defense drastically improved from the 2013 season as it shaved 15.5 points per game off what it was allowing a year prior. It also gave up 123.2 less yards of total offense, including 80.9 fewer passing yards and 42.3 less yards on the ground. Three of Eggerling's players earned Northeast-10 All-Conference honors as senior DL Justin Waltzer and junior DB Carroll Bailey were named to the Second Team and freshman LB Eric Mercer earned a spot on the All-Rookie Team.
Eggerling attended the 2012 NFL/NCAA Coaches Academy in Dallas, Texas, after being one of around 40 college coaches selected for the three-day leadership conference.
Over five years from 2008-12, Eggerling’s defensive units were continually ranked in total takeaways, creating 112 takeaways during that stretch. He coached a pair of all-conference players in Shane O’Donnell and Dan Bohenek, in addition to guiding Rookie of the Year Ethan Sylvain. O’Donnell was also an ECAC All–Academic selection, while Bohenek was the 2009 NCAA leader in tackles per game.
Eggerling has produced eight All-Rookie Team players (Kyle Hayes, 2008, Ethan Sylvain & Chris Bent, 2009, Andrew Lebowitz, 2010, Isaac Jorgensen, 2011, Carroll Bailey & Jack Hopkins, 2012, Eric Mercer, 2014). Bent finished his career as the program’s all-time leader in tackles.
Eggerling came to the Hilltop from Hartwick College, where he served as the team's defensive coordinator for two seasons. In 2007, he helped direct Hartwick to an 8-3 record, an Empire 8 Championship and a berth in the NCAA Division III playoffs. His 2007 defensive unit ranked 22nd in total takeaways and 19th nationally in interceptions. Prior to his appointment as defensive coordinator, Eggerling was the team's offensive line coach in 2005. Hartwick racked up 489.3 yards of total offense per game, ranking the team 10th in NCAA Division III. They created the necessary holes to run through as the team rushed for 1,712 yards (171.2 per game) and 19 touchdowns. The offensive line guarded the pocket, as well, as the team's quarterback completed 181-of-353 passes for 2,948 yards and 34 touchdowns. In 2004, Eggerling's first season at Hartwick, he was the team's defensive line coach.
Prior to his arrival at Hartwick, Eggerling spent the 2003 season at the University of New Hampshire. He arrived at UNH in the spring of 2002 as the defensive ends coach and moved to coaching the outside linebackers for the 2003 season. Before his stint with the Wildcats, Eggerling was in Canton, N.Y., at Saint Lawrence University, where he was a graduate assistant coaching linebackers in the 2001 and 2002 seasons. He began his coaching career as an intern strength and conditioning coach at Syracuse University in 2001.
Eggerling was a four-year letterwinner in football, as well as a one-year letterwinner in baseball, at Southern Connecticut State University. Eggerling, a native of Syracuse, N.Y., attended Central Square High School, where he was a 2006 inductee into the Central Square Wall of Fame. He then went on to attend Bridgton Academy in North Bridgton, Maine.
A 2001 graduate of Southern Connecticut, Eggerling earned his bachelor degree in exercise science. He also graduated with his master's degree from Saint Lawrence University in 2003.
Rob and his wife, Nikki, a graduate of Le Moyne College, reside in Manchester, with their two sons, Ian and Nathan.