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ECP Head Football Coach 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

 

 

 

 

Ron Dickerson, Jr. - Dean of Students, Academic Assistant and  Offensive Coordinator

The latest addition to the ECP coaching staff comes to us with a superb list of accomplishments. After four years at the University of Arkansas, where he played running back and wide receiver, as well as averaging 25 yards as a return specialist, Ron has gone on to a long and varied football career that has included everything from two years playing in the NFL for the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles to Head Coach of Division I Gardner-Webb University,  Ron also spent a year playing wide receiver for the Scottish Claymores, a team that ended up winning the NFL Europe Championship the year Ron played for them.. Ron has, in fact, been around the game of football all his life. His father, Ron Dickerson, Sr., was a long-time college and professional football coach, including a total of seven years as the head coach at Alabama State and Temple.

Ron's coaching resume is, to use a figure of speech, as long as your arm. Before stepping down as Gardner-Webb head coach to care for his ailing father, Ron coached 10 players on the Big South All Conference team and increased the program's Academic Progress Rate. Three of his players went on to the NFL.

In 2007, Houston Nutt welcomed a former pupil to his first Ole Miss staff when he announced the addition of Ron Dickerson, Jr. as wide receivers coach. Ron's tenure in Oxford saw him tutor a trio of record-setting Rebels in Shay Hodge, Dexter McCluster and Mike Wallace. Hodge and McCluster earned first team All-SEC honors in 2009, while Wallace was a second team choice in 2008. All three players followed their time in the Red and Blue with NFL careers, with McCluster getting drafted in the 2010 second round by Kansas City and Wallace going in the 2009 third round to Pittsburgh. Hodge signed with Cincinnati.

In his first season with the Rebels in 2008, Dickerson mentored a Rebel receiving corps that hauled in a total of 16 TD passes. Hodge led that group with eight TD receptions, which was also tied for first in the SEC. Wallace turned in all seven of his TD catches in the last five games of the season. Hodge, Wallace and McCluster were honored as All-SEC performers by various outlets.

Before coming to Ole Miss, Ron coached the previous three seasons at Louisiana-Monroe, where he served as defensive backs and assistant head coach in 2007. In his final year in Monroe, the Warhawks became bowl eligible for the first time since they made the jump to Division I-A in 1994 and ended the season winning five of their last six games, including a 21-14 victory at Alabama.

Ron also worked three seasons at Missouri State, where he coached running backs and special teams, in addition to serving as the team's NFL liaison. Ron guided Bears tailback Cody Pratt to back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons, including the second-best rushing season in MSU history with 1,223 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns in 2003.

Dickerson held positions with professional teams prior to his time at MSU. He worked in 2001 as an offensive and special teams intern with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and in 2000 as running backs and special teams coach with the XFL Las Vegas Outlaws.

Ron is results oriented and highly intelligent, and he applies his extensive analytical skills not only to improve what happens on the field but also to what happens in the classroom. ECP is extremely fortunate to have him as a staff member and we welcome him on board.

 

 

 

Tommy Polley - Defensive Coordinator 

With the addition of another former NFL player to the coaching staff, ECP continues to raise the bar in its quest to provide its players with the highest possible level of preparation and instruction. and give them the best possible chance to advance to the next level in their development.. A native of Baltimore and a graduate of Dunbar High School, Tommy Polley has had a meteoric career as both a player and a coach.

After leaving Dunbar, Tommy went on to an outstanding career at Florida State. While playing for the Seminoles, he was a two time All ACC selection and an All American in his senior year. He was also a finalist for the Butkus Award, given annually to the nation's most outstanding collegiate linebacker. All this led to his being drafted in the second round by the St. Louis Rams in the 2001 NFL draft.

After being named to the NFL All Rookie Team in 2002, he went on to complete six seasons in the NFL In 2003 he led the Rams in tackles and interceptions and before he retired in 2007, he racked up a career total of 304 tackles, 224 of which were solo stops.

After retiring from the NFL, he established the Tommy Polley Foundation, which concentrates on mentoring, developing life skills, and promoting football in Baltimore.

His love of the game has given him an impressive coaching resume.  He has coached with USA Football, Nike, and Rivals, doing regional and developmental camps. He is very much looking forward to joining the ECP staff where he will have the opportunity to guide ECP's players through the recruiting process and use his knowledge and experience to raise their level of play on the field.

 

 

 

Greg Vreeland - Quarterback and Wide Receiver Coach, Recruiting Coordinator

A 2014 graduate of Castleton State College, Vreeland was a four-year letterwinner at quarterback for the Spartans. During his senior season, Vreeland led the team to the first bowl game in the school's history. However, his leadership did not end on the gridiron. For his senior season he led the team as an academic captain, which required him to organize team study halls and keep academic standards on the team high. In addition, he also played varsity baseball for the Spartans and assisted in their 2013 run to the NCAA tournament.

Greg has already shown a keen eye for talent and has been influential in bringing some top notch prospects to ECP. He is a very thorough researcher and he knows what to look for when it comes to film analysis.

After graduating Castleton State College, Vreeland joined their coaching staff as the wide receivers coach. While as a member of the staff Vreeland coached a number of players to the best year of their collegiate career. Two of his receivers went on to get all-conference honors and one was the conference player of the year. Furthermore, the team saw the largest turnaround in all of D-2I, as their record went up by six games.

 

 

 

 

 

Chad Allen - Assistant Headmaster, Academic Coordinator, Secondary Coach

ECP's growing reputation for quality and success has begun to attract some very strong coaching and academic talent. The latest addition to this group of high achievers is Chad Allen, who is returning to us after serving on the ECP staff in 2015,. Given his analytical skills and ability to solve problems, we're very glad to have him back with us.. Everyone connected with ECP will benefit from his presence.

With over 10 years of experience as both a coach and a mentor, Coach Allen, has developed over 100 student-athletes in the high school and college ranks. As the H.S Academic Coordinator and Defensive Backs coach at Carver-Atlanta from 2007-2009, Coach Allen developed two All-America Defensive Backs (Under-Armour A.A. & Offense-Defense A.A.).

Along with coaching the #1 ranked secondary in the state of Georgia (as ranked by GA Preps magazine), Coach Allen was also responsible for making sure all NCAA academic and eligibility requirements were met.

As a player, Coach Allen excelled collegiately as a defensive back for both Morehouse College and Catawba College respectively. While playing for  Catawba College Defensive Coordinator and former San Francisco 49ers Head Coach, Jim Tomsula in 2004, D2Football.com recognized him as a “Small School NFL Prospect.”

More recently, Coach Allen served as the Player Personnel Coordinator at West Virginia University (2011-12; and Academic Student Services Coordinator (2010-11; 18 All-Big East Academic Team). During his coaching tenure, the Mountaineers were the Big East Conference Co-Champions in 2010 and 2011. and made history by finishing 10-3 as the 2012 BCS Orange Bowl Champions, beating Clemson 70-33.

Coach Allen has a proven track record as a coach. Combine this fact with his extensive knowledge of academics, as well as a thorough understanding of NCAA rules and eligibility requirements,  and we feel he will make a tremendous addition to an already formidable staff.

 

 

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