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.” 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tommy Polley - Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TJ Reap - Offensive Coordinator, Running Backs and Academic Coordinator

A proven leader winner as a player and coach of multiple sports, T.J. joins East Coast Prep after leading the Padova Saints (Padova, Italy) to its best season (9-1) since 1992.  As a player, the former Pennsylvania all-state wrestler and linebacker got his start playing for PIAA Football Hall of Fame Coach, Carl Defilippi, and the Smethport Hubbers. As a QB and LB, TJ led the Hubbers to the school's first undefeated season.  

After H.S., T.J. went on to become a three-year starter at LB as well as Captain and Student-Athlete Award recipient for Bill Bowe's 1990 New Hampshire Wildcats.  Following a year coaching TE's/offensive line for  Clarion University, TJ spent a year in Graz, Austria as a player/coach for the Graz Giants where he was voted Team MVP Honors for the Austrian National Champions. From 1993-1996, TJ coached LB's for Mike Delong and Jack Holik at Springfield College while completing his master's of education degree.


Following graduation, TJ moved to upstate New York where he taught K-12 Wellness and was the head coach for the Hamilton Emerald Knights. The 1998 team had a 10-1 record. In 1999, T.J. was named Utica Observer Dispatch Coach of the Year for his team's state semi-final appearance. During this time, he also had the privilege of coaching together with his father, Hank Reap, a 22-year assistant/head coach at Smethport HS.

From 2000-2010, T.J. worked at the prestigious Loomis Chaffee Prep School where he served as Head Football Coach, Head Wrestling Coach and Head Golf Coach for 23 of the 30 sports seasons. Numerous Loomis Pelican football players, wrestlers and girls golfers went on to have college success during this period at schools such as Michigan, Williams, Trinity, Duke, UMass, Brown and Hofstra.

From 2010-2016, T.J. wore many hats as a coach, teacher, residential life person, Chess Club adviser and Assistant Director of Boarding Admissions at the highly regarded Baylor School in Chattanooga, TN. In 2017, he returned to Europe to coach football full-time as a head coach for the Eidsvoll 1814's in Eidsvoll, Norway. T.J.'s U17 Team won a National Title and the Elite Team brought home silver last year. 

TJ is extremely excited to be joining the East Coast Prep staff as a positional coach and Academic Head, for he has seen first hand how life-changing a post-graduate year can be in the life of a recent H.S. graduate. 

 

 

 

 

 

Roy Rodriguez - Offensive and Defensive 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

 

 

 

 

 

Dallas Tidwell - Quarterback and Wide Receivers

From Gardendale, Alabama. Dallas has been around football his entire life. He's been very successful in helping student-athletes develop their football IQ, as well as helping them grow as individuals. He says the game of football has taught him a great deal and he very much wants to share his knowledge with others.

 Dallas played multiple sports in high school and ended up receiving a scholarship to play quarterback at Troy University. Soon he will have a Master’s in P.E.

During the 2016 season he coached quarterbacks at his alma mater, both varsity and junior varsity.

For the 2017 season he coached and taught at Minor High School, where he was the quarterbacks coach and controlled the passing game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew Boyle - Defensive Backs

Matthew has been coaching at Worcester State for the last two years. In his first season he coached the offensive line and in his second season, the defensive backs. As the defensive backs coach, he helped coach a defense that finished 29th in Division 3 football with 16 interceptions.

As well as his duties at Worcester State, Matthew also spent two years as an intern at Holy Cross where he helped coach strength and conditioning during the summer. His coaching experience has run the gamut from high school athletes to professionals. He's also coaches high school lacrosse in the spring.

He is a graduated of West Virginia University (2016) with a degree in Athletic Coaching Education and a minor in Sport and Exercise Psychology. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 


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