Meet Our Staff
 

Headmaster 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 - Director of Strength and Conditioning/Assistant Headmaster

Jason has been with ECP since the beginning and is 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

 

 

Roy Rodriguez - Offensive Line Coach & Dean of Students

As the saying goes, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Coach Rodriguez's first step began when he accepted a a volunteer job at Fordham University in 1997, serving under then head coach Nick Quartaro. Coach Rodriguez stall has great memories of his early days at Fordham and says that "If you can’t learn football with Coach Q, then there is something wrong with you. He is a man of integrity, knowledge and discipline, and he’s one who likes to teach you and make sure you get it right.”  To this day he has a great deal of gratitude for Coach Quartero and his Fordham experience. Nothing could have provided his career with a better beginning.

Moving on from Fordham, his career began to accelerate in 1998 when he was the first assistant coach hired at Iona by Head Coach Fred Mariani, who had also just been hired as Iona's head coach. (Coach Mariani, having coached with Roy at Fordham, knew Roy would make a valuable addition to his staff.)

Coach Rod, as he is known in coaching circles, was given a full workload by Coach Mariani, who made him Strength and Conditioning Coordinator, Special Teams Coordinator, Defensive Line Coach and the liaison for the team's managers. He was also given recruiting responsibilities. Let it be known he brought great enthusiasm to all these responsibilities.

 “I have a lot to be thankful for with Coach Mariani,” Coach Rod says. “ He gave me my first paid college coaching position and it was in a Division I-AA  football setting.  He taught me to be driven and task-oriented on a day-to-day basis. "

After 3 seasons with Iona College Coach Rod spent a season coaching with the Roanoke Steam of the Arena Football 2 League in the spring of 2001. After that season he became the defensive line coach at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Under Marist head coach Jim Parady, who is still there, Coach Rod learned many of the fundamentals of the coaching profession that are still the foundation of his approach to coaching. But it was his daily association with  Scott Rumsey, Associate Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator , where he really learned his x’s and o’s.  “Coach Rums, was a great influence on a lot of my character as a football coach, I appreciate the time I spent with him, I will be forever grateful.”

In 2004 he moved to Lubbock, TX and had a great opportunity to coach at Texas Tech University with Mike Leach. During this time he worked defensive line coach Ruffin McNeil and offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh, as well as working one on one with Former NFL players, LB Mike Smith, OL Manny Ramirez, OL Louis Vasquez, and WR Danny Amendola

From there Coach Rod took the Defensive Line/Video Coordinator job at the Division II Chowan University Hawks located in Murfreesboro, NC in 2009.

In 2010 he was the Defensive Coordinator of Milford Academy Prep School in New Berlin, NY where he enjoyed a tremendous year going 11-1.  Of special note is the fact that his defense only gave up an average of 13 points per game.

In 2011-2012 he accepted a job at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, West Virginia where his many responsibilities included being the Director of Football Operations, Recruiting Coordinator and the one he loved the most Offensive Line Coach.  WVWC was pre-season ranked to finish 7th out of 8 teams in their division and by the end of the year they were ranked #11 nationally.  The Passing Offense was ranked #1, total offense ranked #13, our QB was ranked #1 in total offensive output.  The Offensive Line was the strong hold to make all of these accolades possible.  Coach Rod’s favorite saying is, “It’s all won and lost on the Offensive Line.”

We fully expect Coach Rod's tremendous record of accomplishment and success to continue at ECP.

“Small disciplines repeated with consistency every day lead to great achievements gained slowly over time.”
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Coach Roy Rodriguez

 

 

Ken Stills - Director of Florida Recruiting

Ken comes to ECP with a wealth of coaching and scouting experience, having coached and scouted at the High School, Junior College, College, Indoor and Professional ranks over the past 17 seasons. At present, he has spent the last 3 seasons scouting, recruiting and developing players at IMG Academy in Bradenton Florida.  In addition to that, he is assisting with NFL and college combine training.

His most recent post was Director of Football Operations for the upstart Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL.

Before joining the Nighthawks, Ken worked with The United Indoor football league. He was the Assistant General Manager of the Omaha Beef in 2010 and the Head Coach of the River City Rage in 2009. The Rage finished their season as the Eastern Conference Champions.

Prior to working in the UIF, Ken was the Defensive Back Coach for the National Football League in Europe, specifically the Frankfurt Galaxy between 2003-2007. His team won the World Bowl Championship in 2003 & 2006. They also were World Bowl participants in 2004 & 2007.

Ken is from Oceanside, California where he prepped at El Camino HS (1977-81); played two years at El Camino Jr. College (1981-83); and finished his collegiate career at Wisconsin (1983-85) where he was an All Big Ten performer. He was an 8th round draft pick by the Green Bay Packers in 1985, and played in their organization until 1990. He played his last 2 seasons in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings (1990-91).

 


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