Meet Our Staff

Head Football Coach and Director of Operations Dick Bell

Dick Bells background and accomplishments in football are numerous and outstanding.  As a football player, as a football coach/recruiter and as a football executive, Dick has the reputation as a person who makes things happen. 

The Executive

Dicks abilities on the field as either a player or coach have translated to successes in management as well. During a 14 year career that ended in 2000, Dick represented over 100 NFL players in their on and off field endeavors, including two first round draft picks and 6 time Pro Bowl linebacker Greg Lloyd of the Pittsburgh Steelers.                   
Dick, as General Manager of the Bay State Titans of the MLFS, was named The Executive of the Year in 1991 after the Titans led the league in attendance, players sent to the NFL, CFL or World League (21), as well as playing for the Conference championship. The Titans were coached by former New England Patriot player and current Atlanta Falcons Assistant, Ray "Sugar Bear" Hamilton.

Dick is also the Director of the Blue Chip Football Academies , events which are held each summer in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Georgia for high school players. Now in its seventh year, with over 150 college coaches participating, it has been a resounding success for the hundreds of players that have gone on to play at the college level because of the contacts made there.


The Coach 

Dick has coached at all levels, and the one constant is success. 

College As linebacker coach for Division 1AA Tennessee-Chattanooga of the powerful Southern Conference, players under Dicks tutelage earned either first or second team All Conference in each of his years there.  The ability to recruit is what truly separated Dick from the crowd as he personally signed a staggering 70% of the recruiting classes during his tenure. With help from the players he signed, Chattanooga went from a losing to a winning program within two years. 

High School As the head coach of Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, North Carolina, Dick guided a team that had a 1-32 record the previous three seasons to a 9-2 record in his first year.  That turnaround was recognized in a state with over 300 schools as one of the greatest in history.  Six of the players on that team went on to Division 1 or 1AA Programs and none had been recruited at all prior to Dicks arrival. 

Photo above shows Dick as Linebacker Coach at Chattanooga



The Player   

A native of Massachusetts, Dick was the MVP of Dean Junior College in 1974 and went on to become a three time All Conference Player and All-American at the University of Rhode Island as a defensive end.  Dick was also chosen to represent Team USA in the 1979 Can-Am Bowl Game which pitted the United States versus Canada in a nationally televised game.  Dick started and helped the American squad to a resounding victory.  After his college career ended, Dick was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and later signed with the San Diego Chargers.  Dick was inducted into the Dean Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991. 

Photo shows Dick (2nd from left, kneeling) during his playing days for
Team USA

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Jason Newsom - Headmaster and Director of Strength and Conditioning

Jason has been with ECP since the beginning and is now the number two person in the ECP hierarchy. Only Dick Bell is above him. An undeniably valuable presence on our staff, he has given our athletes a solid physical foundation that will serve them well at the next level. If you're willing to work, he'll show you how to maximize your physical capabilities

As a former linebacker, Jason is well aware of the intensity needed in the weight room. His experience as a linebacker also gives him a sharp eye when diagnosing the strengths and weaknesses of the players under his guidance. And he knows that in the end it all comes down to how hard you're willing to work
When Jason was conditioning coach at Morehead State, 38 athletes under his supervision went on to gain all conference recognition. He knows how to get results. And, luckily for us, he'll be here for the 2018 season.

  • Jason is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). Within the strength and conditioning community this is the highest level of achievement, the equivalent of a Ph.D. in academic circles.

  • Was a conditioning coach at both Stanford and Baylor and helped prepare them for appearances in the Fiesta and Holiday Bowls respectively. (Remarkably, Jason worked with both Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III during his time at these two schools.)

  • Believes in doing things the right way or not at all.

  • Takes a very scientific approach to strength and conditioning and stays abreast of all current developments in the field.

"In football, if your strength and conditioning program is not operating at the highest levels, you will not succeed."
                                --Jason Newsom





Harry Wright - Academic Coordinator and Defensive Line Coach


Players come to ECP to play football, but if they don't have the necessary academic proficiency to go along with their football ability, they won't make it to the next level. Harry Wright, ECP's new Academic coordinator, is here to see that our players do have the necessary academic proficiency before they leave. With a degree from Tulane's prestigious, top ranked law school, as well as possessing a solid football background, he brings excellent credentials to his new job.

A 2012 graduate of the University of Alabama, he went on to earn his law degree from Tulane University in 2016, during which time he served as an intern with the New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs and later as a graduate assistant in player personnel and recruiting for the Green Wave football program.

Later, Harry joined the Pearl River Community College football program as tight ends coach and assistant recruiting coordinator in the summer of 2017. At PRCC, he  helped install a new up-tempo spread offense that improved Pearl River from the 55th to the 18th ranked offense in the country. Coach Wright has also been instrumental in steering his players toward multiple Division I scholarship opportunities.

"Harry will  head  the all important academic department and with his background and work ethic I am sure our outstanding record will continue in that area" "His experience on both offense and defense will serve our players well."   ---Dick Bell




Samantha DiBiase - Certified Athletic Trainer

Samantha comes to East Coast Prep highly recommended and should make a fine addition to our staff in the all important trainer position.

She grew up in South Portland ME and went to South Portland High school where she played volleyball, basketball, and softball.

After high school, Sam graduated from the University of Southern Maine where she received a Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training with a minor in coaching.






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