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Ben Bolling enters his second season as a defensive assistant for the Houston Texans in 2022.
Ben Bolling enters his second season as a defensive assistant for the Houston Texans in 2022. Bolling initially joined the Texans after spending five seasons (2016-20) with his alma mater, Campbell University, where he held multiple coaching roles.
In his first season with the Texans, Bolling helped guide a defense that forced 25 takeaways, which tied for 10th-most in the NFL and marked a 16-takeaway increase from the team's 2020 takeaway total (nine). The Texans defense also intercepted 3.1 percent of opponent pass attempts, the fifth-highest rate in the NFL. Bolling helped oversee the development of LB Kamu Grugier-Hill, the team's leading tackler (106 total, 70 solo) who set the single-game franchise record with 19 tackles vs. Indianapolis (12/5), and DL Jonathan Greenard, who led the team in sacks (8.0) and was the third-highest rated second-year defensive player in the NFL by Pro Football Focus with a grade of 82.9.
Before arriving in Houston, Bolling served as the wide receivers coach / offensive recruiting coordinator at Campbell during the 2019 and 2020 seasons. Despite the Camels playing a shortened season in 2020, Bolling coached WR Jalen Kesley to a team-high 18 receptions for 221 yards (12.3 avg.) and one touchdown. In 2019, he guided one of the best and youngest wide receiver corps in Campbell's modern history, with sophomore Caleb Snead and freshman Kelsey combining for 1,091 yards and 13 touchdowns. The duo was named to Phil Steele's Big South all-conference teams, with Snead taking second team honors and Kelsey claiming third team accolades.
Prior to working with the offensive side of the ball, Bolling coached Campbell's safeties from 2017-18. In 2018, Campbell led the FCS in fewest passing yards allowed, surrendering just 122.5 per game, and posted the seventh-best pass efficiency defense (103.27). The Camels also ranked 15th in red zone defense (72.4 percent), 25th in scoring defense (22.0 points per game) and 25th in total defense (335.4 yards per game).
In 2017, Campbell ranked among the nation's leaders in takeaways by posting a school record 19 interceptions. Bolling tutored DB Carlos Merritt, who was named First Team All-Pioneer Football League (PFL) after tying Campbell's single-season record with six interceptions. Merritt headlined a group of 10 Camels that received All-Pioneer Football League recognition. In 2016, Bolling served as a defensive quality control coach and helped the unit allow only 193.1 passing yards per game on the season.
Bolling played four seasons as a wide receiver at Campbell University (2012-15) after redshirting his freshman year (2011). Bolling enjoyed a record setting career, finishing as Campbell's all-time leader in receiving yards (1,329) and receptions (100) while also tying for the program lead in receiving touchdowns (eight). He was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District 3 honoree, collecting accolades in 2013 and 2015, and made his third appearance on the Academic All-PFL team in 2015.
Bolling graduated from Campbell in 2015 with a degree in exercise and sports science. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Prior to his collegiate career, Bolling was a four-year football letter winner at Knightdale (N.C.) High School. He was an all-conference selection as a junior and senior and is the school's all-time leader in passing yards (3,557), career touchdowns (40) and career total yards (5,191).
Bolling was born in Richmond, Va. and resides in Houston with his daughter, Kaja Rose.
Bolling's Coaching Ledger
2021-22 Defensive Assistant Houston Texans
2019-20 Wide Receivers / Offensive Recruiting Coordinator Campbell University
2017-18 Safeties Campbell University
2016 Defensive Quality Control Campbell University