Shem Johnston-Bloom

Asst. Football

Phone: work802.443.5383
Alma Mater: Wesleyan '06
Years at Midd: 3
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The Middlebury native returned to Vermont in 2011 and continues to coach the linebackers. A 2006 graduate of Wesleyan, Johnston-Bloom spent four seasons at his alma mater coaching the defensive line and linebackers.

Johnston-Bloom also serves as the strength and conditioning coach at Middlebury. Along with being a certified member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), he has also received his CATZ Level 1 Coaching Certification and his USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sport Performance Certification.

As a player, he was an immediate starter on the defensive line for the Cardinals, starting all 32 games throughout his career. A two-time all-NESCAC pick (2004 and 2005) and a two-year team captain, he amassed 177 total tackles with 15 sacks. His senior year, he joined the lacrosse team for the first time as a faceoff specialist. While assisting with the football program, he also worked with the Wesleyan lacrosse team as an assistant coach, leading the program to new heights with two NCAA appearances and a conference title.

During his time at Wesleyan, Johnston-Bloom earned an MA in liberal studies.

A 2002 graduate of Middlebury Union High School, Johnston-Bloom was a three-time All-State selection, captaining the Maple Sugar Shrine team in 2002, the same year he was inducted into the Vermont Chapter of the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame.

In 2010, he was hired to start a lacrosse program at Thiel College, in Greenville, Pennsylvania, becoming the program’s first head coach, leading the Tomcats in their inaugural campaign in the spring of 2011.