Meet Our Coaches
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.”
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
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Troy Davis - Assistant Head Coach/Linebacker Coach
The stars certainly aligned in East Coast Prep's favor when Troy Davis became available.
After serving as Hargrave head coach since 2010, Coach Davis became a major part of an unforeseen chain of events, The Hargrave Military Academy of Virginia, after playing prep football at the highest level for seventy years, made the difficult decision to drop PG football from their athletic program. With this decision Coach Davis immediately became one of the most sought after coaches in the country, with offers flooding in from all regions. Fortunately for East Coast Prep, Coach Davis's long association and friendship with Dick Bell made his decision a bit easier than it might otherwise have been. And he'll be with us for 2014 as well.
In terms of experience and accomplishments, it's nearly impossible to find someone on his level. In 2010-2011 he coached Hargrave to an undefeated 8-0 season and the PG Football Prep Championship. He knows how to win. But even more impressive is the talent level of the young men under his leadership and his ability to get them to the next level.
He has coached 111 players who've gone on to Division I or II scholarships. (He's also coached two players who were first round NFL draft choices.) But even more remarkable is the major conference breakdown: ACC (7), SEC (5), Big 12 (3), Big 10 (3) Big East (3), WAC (1), C-USA (3), and MAC (6). We seriously doubt there are any prep coaches anywhere who can match that record.
An outstanding administrator who knows how to get things done, Coach Davis also had a stellar career as a player. A First Team All State Selection during his playing days at Henry Snyder High School in New Jersey, he went on to earn a scholarship to play football at Penn State, graduating in 1989.
We at East Coast Prep couldn't be happier about having him with us for another year. We're sure his knowledge, energy, and enthusiasm will have a profound effect on the players under his tutelage.
Started at Hargrave in 2007 as an assistant coach and was appointed head coach by 2010
Served as Defensive Coordinator for the Army All-American Bowl (2007-2008)
Member of the Penn State Letterman Club
Received the seal of the Pennsylvania State Senate for being a member of the 1986 Penn State National Championship team.
Member of Penn State Teams that played in the Meadowland Kickoff Classic, the Orange Bowl, and the Fiesta Bowl
"The chance to work with Dick Bell once again was a major selling point in my decision, but even more important was the opportunity to help build East Coast Prep into the most outstanding prep football program in the country. There's a great future here, and I want to be part of it."
Chris Calabrese - Director of Academic Development/Defensive Line Coach
In his second season with East Coast Prep, Coach Calabrese is involved in more then one regard. Coach Calabrese will serve as the Assistant Head Coach as well as the Defensive line coach. On the field he breaks through to his players with his intensity, developing their talent with discipline. He also serves as Director of Academic Development in the classroom, developing innovative programs and individualized support services to implement that empower student-athletes to make positive successes in academia, and have the best opportunity to grow and succeed in college and later in life.
Serving as the Assistant Head Football Coach at Valley Forge Military Academy for three seasons, Coach Calabrese was the Special Teams Coordinator, Defensive Backs and Wide Receivers Coach. Along with his responsibilities as Assistant Head Coach, Coach Calabrese worked in the Admissions Department focusing on Athletic Recruiting. Over three seasons as Assistant Head Coach, Coach Calabrese transitioned over thirty Student Athletes into Division I or II scholarships.
Working as a Performance Coach at Athletes Performance, Coach Calabrese was assigned to the NFL Combine Prep Group where he implemented and administered strength and conditioning programs and performed FMS and VO2 Testing for all the NFL Athletes in his group. Coach Calabrese currently has over twenty active NFL players that he has worked with.
A graduate of Menlo College, Coach Calabrese was a multi sport athlete playing on both the Football and Golf Teams. While at Menlo College, Coach Calabrese served as a Student Ambassador and was a member of the Student Athletic Leadership Council.
While attending Prep school at Valley Forge Military Academy, Coach Calabrese competed on a team packed full of NFL talent including star wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.
Chris Parker - Defensive Coordinator - Secondary Coach
As a 2009 graduate of Georgetown University, Chris obviously has a great deal of intellectual heft to go along with his high intensity approach to the game of football.
Chris is highly experienced and his coaching resume already includes stops at St. Augustine University in Raleigh NC, Bates College in Lewiston ME, and Alma College in Alma MI. Chris also has professional experience as an intern with the Detroit Lions and was a member of the coaching staff of the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League.
Given his keen intelligence and work experience, it's no surprise that Chris has developed impressive skills in game planning, organization, scouting and athletic development. He's also highly competitive and demands excellence from his players. East Coast Prep players under Chris's tutelage will have a great opportunity to gain the kind of in depth football knowledge that will take them to the next level.
Chris is already looking forward to the 2014 season.
A 2011 recipient of a Bill Walsh Minority Internship with the Detroit Lions
Played four years in the secondary at Georgetown University.
Has coached at schools in the Midwest, Southeast and the Atlantic Coast.
"I believe in tough, hard nosed football. Imposing your will and taking away the will of the opposition."
Zach Shagi - Quarterback & Receiver Coach
If there is a two word phrase that can sum up Zach's approach to the game of football, it's "results oriented." A 2009 graduate of Hofstra University, he's already racked up an impressive resume during his short coaching career. We're sure his energy and insights will make a big contribution to the East Coast Prep football program.
Zach will be bringing his talents to ECP for another season in 2014.
Served as wide receiver coach at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 2010.
While coaching at the Merchant Marine Academy, the Mariners led the Liberty League in passing efficiency.
Served as an intern with the coaching staff of the New York Dragons of the Arena Football League.
“Obviously, talent is a prerequisite for playing the skill positions. but without proper technique and solid fundamentals, talent is largely wasted
Jason Newsom - Director of Strength and Conditioning/Special Teams Coordinator
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 2014 season.
Jason is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). Withn 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."
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