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 and Defensive Coordinator
Now beginning his third season with East Coast Prep. Troy Davis has become, in Dick Bell's words, "indispensable." Dick is quick to add that "no one has contributed as much to the success of East Coast Prep as Troy has. He is a rock."
His background and experience speak volumes.
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."
Bryant Adams - Defensive Line Coach, AcademicsA 2014 graduate of Middlebury College, Bryant was a four-year member and a three-year starter on the defensive line for the Panthers. His senior season, he anchored a defense that held opponents to just 16 points a game, and helped deliver Middlebury's first NESCAC title since 2007. He also received the Duke Nelson award in recognition of outstanding defensive performance and leadership.
In addition to his duties as Defensive Line Coach at ECP, Bryant will be working exclusively on the academic side of things, including the all important SAT/ACT prep work. With his Middlebury background and solid intellect, we're sure Bryant will continue to improve ECP's already strong record in academic achievement.
This past year, Bryant was both an Americorps member and coached football at Amos P. Godby High School, the Florida 5A state runner up. He knows how to turn individual linemen into a cohesive unit. Further, Bryant was also was an active member of the Godby High School baseball coaching staff.
Chad Allen - Running Back Coach and Academic Coordinator
Chad Allen begins his first season at East Coast Prep as Running Back Coach and the Director of Academic Services. As a member of The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and Professional Development Series, Coach Allen is certified in the areas of NCAA eligibility, coaching strategies, character, career and professional development.
Coach Allen most recently served as the Player Personnel Coordinator at West Virginia University (2011-12; 9 All-Big East Team & SPT POY, 5 All-America) and Academic Student Services Coordinator (2010-11; 18 All-Big East Academic Team). During coach’s tenure, WVU were the Big East Conference Co-Champions in 2010 and 2011. WVU also made history by finishing 10-3 as the 2012 BCS Orange Bowl Champions beating Clemson 70-33 (bowl record).
As a player, Coach Allen excelled collegiately as a defensive back for both Morehouse College and Catawba College respectively. In 2004 D2Football.com recognized him as a “Small School NFL Prospect” where he played for former Catawba College Defensive Coordinator and current San Francisco 49ers Head Coach, Jim Tomsula.
With over 10 years of experience, Coach Allen has had the opportunity of coaching, mentoring and developing 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 by GA Preps magazine, Coach Allen was also responsible for making sure all NCAA academic and eligibility requirements were met, coordinated study hall, tutorial and all academic enrichment programs.
Coach Allen earned his BA degree in Business with a concentration in Marketing from Morehouse College (2004) and his MS degree in Sport Management from West Virginia University (2011).
Paul Jennings - Defensive Secondary Coach
Paul Jennings joins the 2015 ECP staff after serving as running backs coach for the Greensboro College football program during the 2014 season. Coach Jennings returns to Western Massachusetts where his college coaching career began in 2010 at Amherst College (D-3 NESCAC) where he assisted with the Line Backers. In his second season with Amherst, he moved to the offensive side of the ball to coach the Running Backs where he helped offensive player of the year (2011) Eric Bunker break the school record for TDs in a season and finished as the #1 Rusher in the conference. After leaving Amherst College, coach Jennings served as Defensive back field coach and Special Teams coordinator for the Nichols College program D-3 NEFC, during the 2012-2013 seasons. Paul Jennings was a stand out running back and Wide receiver at LIU CW Post D-2 (NE10) During his career in college, he helped the pioneers win two conference championships. Coach is a native of Jamaica, NY.
Greg Vreeland - Quarterback and Wide Receiver Coach, Academics
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's experience as an Academic Captain at Castleton State will no doubt help him keep ECP's prospects on the beam academically.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.
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