Defensive Coaching Staff
Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs
Chris Sapp has been named defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach for the University of Rochester football team in the spring of 2018.
Sapp had previously spent the last six years at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. During his time with the Polar Bears, he served as special teams coordinator, defensive backs coach, running backs coach, defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator.
In 2014, Sapp was a guest coach for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League.
Prior to coaching at Bowdoin, Sapp was a defensive graduate assistant at Middle Tennessee State University where he helped coach two future NFL players.
From 2006-10, Sapp coached at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, assisting with wide receivers and returners. He and current UR Head Coach Chad Martinovich were at RPI for four seasons together. Sapp also spent time at Division I Clemson University where he was an administrative assistant for football operations during the 2005-06 season.
Sapp attended North Greenville University in Tigerville, South Carolina where he was a three-year starter and two-time captain for the Crusaders. He graduated from NGU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management and minored in Business Administration in 2005.
He also earned a Master’s Degree in Human and Health Performance from Middle Tennessee State University in 2011.