Meet Our Staff
 

Head Football Coach and Director of Operations Dick Bell

Dick Bell’s 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

Dick’s 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 Dick’s 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 Dick’s 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

Contact Dick via email dickbell@eastcoastprep.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jason Newsom - Headmaster and Director of Strength and Conditioning

Jason has been with ECP since the beginning, and in that time has compiled a tremendous amount of experience with regard to all aspects of the ECP operation. 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

 

 

Sol Southall - Academic Coordinator and Running Back Coach

West Texas native Sol Southall, comes to us after a successful stint as the Academic Coordinator at Earlham College. Under Coach Southall’s guidance, the Earlham football team boasted a 2.95 team GPA. and an 85% overall graduation rate. (At this time he was also serving as the Offensive Coordinator.)

Prior to Earlham College, Coach Southall served as the Offensive Coordinator at Sul Ross State University and Wide Receivers Coach at Hardin-Simmons University. The Hardin-Simmons University offense led the country, all divisions, in offense and led the country in virtually every receiving category.

Coach Southall was a 3-year starter at quarterback for Angelo State University and was the 8th highest rated passer in the country his final year, accounting for 15 TD’s with only 1 interception in 6 games before suffering a season ending knee injury.

While at Angelo State, Coach Southall was a double major in Business Administration and Pre-Dentistry and was even accepted to dental school prior to earning his bachelor’s degree. After ultimately deciding to not pursue a career in dentistry, Coach Southall finished his degree in Business Administration, graduating Summa Cum Laude at the top of his class with a perfect 4.0 G.P.A.

Coach Southall attended high school at San Angelo Central where he played for head coach Gary Gaines of "Friday Night Lights” fame.

Coach Southall is a third-generation football coach and has either played or coached for 4 different hall of fame football coaches.  He brings with him a wealth of knowledge on how to be a successful college student-athlete and has a true passion for helping young men succeed in the classroom.

 

 

Samantha DiBiase - Certified Athletic Trainer

Samantha came highly recommended to East Coast Prep last year and more than lived up to the hype. She not only showed a thorough knowledge of the technical aspects of her profession, but she also had an intuitive grasp of the psychology involved in dealing with blue chip athletes.

She is highly motivated and instinctively knows when to take the initiative. The players she treated during her first season developed a tremendous level of respect for her. No doubt she'll only get better as time move on.

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 Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training with a minor in coaching.

 

"Everyone who worked with Samantha last season came to realize what an absolute gem she is. We feel very fortunate to have her as our trainer."  ----Dick Bell

 

 

 

 

 


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