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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.”
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.
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
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
Contact Dick via email email@example.com
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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