Bear brings 11 years of collegiate coaching experience to the Hilltop
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John Bear joined the Georgetown coaching staff in June 2017 and will serve as GU's running backs coach.
Bear brings 11 years of collegiate coaching experience to the Hilltop after spending the 2016 season at the University of Chicago where he served as the offensive coordinator while coaching the quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends. Under his guidance, the Maroons' offense broke 36 program records and was the No. 4-ranked passing offense in Division III, while Burke Moser ranked second in the country with 3,766 passing yards. Chicago increased its total yardage by more than 1,000 yards and scoring by nearly five points per game.
Prior to Chicago, Bear was the offensive coordinator at North Park University for three seasons (2013-15). He also coached the quarterbacks and served as the strength & conditioning coordinator. During his time at North Park, the Vikings experienced unprecedented success on the field, leading the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) in passing offense all three years in conference contests, which included 272.3 ypg in 2014. North Park won its first conference game in 13 seasons, and accumulated seven CCIW victories in the Bear's three years, while the program's passing offense set nine single-season records, five career records and numerous single-game records.
Before North Park, Bear spent two seasons (2011-12) at the University of Akron. As the offensive graduate assistant coach as well as the tackles and tight ends coach, Bear was part of an offensive turnaround as the offense increased its total yardage by 150 ypg while allowing 14 fewer quarterback sacks and improving the scoring output by 14 ppg.
At Emory & Henry College, from 2009-10, Bear's roles included run game coordinator, offensive line coach and strength coach. He coached five all-conference linemen, the conference player of the year and All-American running back Caleb Jennings.
In two stints at Liberty University, in 2006 and 2008, Bear was the offensive assistant, assistant offensive line coach, quality control coach and assistant strength coach. Liberty's offense was ranked No. 10 in total offense in the FCS with a top-20 scoring offense as well -- the 2008 team finished with a 10-2 record with a No. 12 national ranking in the FCS.
He served as the offensive line coach and video coordinator at Wheaton College in 2007 when the Thunder ranked as high as No. 3 in the Division III AFCA coaches' poll.
Bear graduated from Trinity International University in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in sports management. He was a three-year starter on the offensive line and team captain as a senior.