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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

 

 

 

 

 

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."       --Troy Davis

 

Ron Dickerson, Jr. - Academic Coordinator and  Running Back Coach

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.

 

 

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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