Meet the GMs and Coaches
We at "The league" are committed to have the very best coaches and GM’s in the country. Our Head Coaches and GM’s consist of current NCAA D3 Coaches, Retired D1 and Ivy league Coaches, Former NFL Players, and Elite High school Coaches.
HC Nico Papas
Nico Papas was an All-State high school player in MA, and played his college ball at Columbia (D1AA, Ivy League), where he was a four year varsity player, playing in every game but one of his 40 game career. Nico has been heavily involved in high school football coaching/recruiting since graduation, and has a wide range of experiences related to helping HS football players maximize their potential. He is the director of Premier Football Consulting, and has worked with over 300 Student Athletes who have all gone onto play college football. Nico has also worked for Elite Football Clinics and Private Tutoring as a coach. His knowledge of the recruiting process, and connections to college/prep football coaches will be a valuable asset to any of the players in “The League”
Former FBS Coach at UConn
OL Coach at Umass
And Head Coach at Colgate
Overall Coach Foley has 38 years of coaching experience at the college level (coaching at the DIII, FCS, FBS levels). Coached at the HS level the last 4 years. Currently, offensive coordinator/line coach at the Brooks School.
Boston Junkyard Dogs
HC Kevin Kelly
- Kevin MADE STOPS AT EVERY LEVEL OF FOOTBALL, INCLUDING EIGHT YEARS AS THE HEAD COACH AT GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY.
- 2021 - PRESENT > 3RD SEASON ELITE FOOTBALL LEAGUE HEAD COACH
- 2021 - PRESENT > SALVE REGINA UNIVERSITY - DEFENSIVE BACKS COACH
- 2020 > XFL - THE NEW YORK GUARDIANS / LINEBACKERS
- 2017 - 2018 > BRYANT UNIVERSITY - DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR / LINEBACKERS
FIRST SEASON ONE OF THE BEST DEFENSIVE SEASONS IN PROGRAM HISTORY. THOMAS COSTIGAN BECAME JUST THE SECOND PLAYER IN PROGRAM HISTORY TO RECORD OVER 100 TACKLES IN A SINGLE SEASON AND BECAME JUST THE FOURTH AP ALL-AMERICAN IN PROGRAM HISTORY. IN ADDITION, COSTIGAN WAS NAMED THE NEC AND ECAC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR AFTER POSTING 11.5 SACKS AND 17 TACKLES FOR A LOSS. KELLY'S DEFENSE ALSO INCLUDED NEC DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR ANDRE BRACKETT AND ALL- NEC LINEMEN KEVIN LAZO AND DILLON GUTHRO.
- 2016 > WYOMING SEMINARY PREP - HEAD FOOTBALL COACH / ASSOCIATE AD
- 2014 -15 > BALL STATE UNIVERSITY- DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR / LINEBACKERS
- 2006 -13 > HEAD COACH AT GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY
KELLY’S BEST YEAR WITH THE HOYAS CAME IN 2011 WHEN THE TEAM WENT 8-3 AND HE WAS NAMED THE PATRIOT LEAGUE COACH OF THE YEAR AND A FINALIST FOR THE EDDIE ROBINSON NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD. HE COACHED THE PATRIOT LEAGUE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR IN 2011 AND 2012. KELLY HAD 211 OF HIS STUDENT-ATHLETES NAMED TO THE PATRIOT LEAGUE HONOR ROLL OVER THE COURSE OF HIS CAREER.
- 2002 - 05 > US NAVAL ACADEMY- SPECIAL TEAMS COORDINATOR / LINEBACKERS
HELPED THE MIDSHIPMEN TO THREE BOWL GAMES AND A 26-11 RECORD OVER HIS FINAL THREE YEARS. NAVY WON THREE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF’S TITLES, THE 2004 EMERALD BOWL, THE 2005 POINSETTIA BOWL AND PARTICIPATED IN THE 2003 HOUSTON BOWL DURING KELLY’S TIME IN ANNAPOLIS. IN 2004, KELLY’S EFFORTS HELPED NAVY FINISH 26TH IN THE COUNTRY IN SCORING DEFENSE (19.83) AS THE TEAM WON A SCHOOL RECORD-TYING 10 GAMES. IN 2013, HE HELPED THE DEFENSE FINISH 14TH IN THE NATION IN PASS DEFENSE, 42ND IN PASS DEFENSE EFFICIENCY, 34TH IN TOTAL DEFENSE AND 34TH IN SCORING DEFENSE.
- 2000 - 2001> MARSHALL UNIVERSITY- DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR/ LINEBACKERS ONE OF TWO COACHING STINTS WITH THE THUNDERING HERD. IN 2000, MARSHALL WON THE MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP AND THE MOTOR CITY BOWL AND FOLLOWED THAT UP WITH A WIN AT THE 2001 GMAC BOWL.
- 1996 - 1998 > MARSHALL UNIVERSITY - DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR
WHEN THE TEAM WAS MAKING THE TRANSITION TO THE FOOTBALL BOWL SUBDIVISION. LED BY CHAD PENNINGTON AND RANDY MOSS, THE TEAM WON THE SOUTHERN CONFERENCE EN ROUTE TO THE DIVISION I-AA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AND A PERFECT 15-0 SEASON. THEY THEN WON BACK-TO-BACK MAC CHAMPIONSHIPS IN 1997 AND 1998, REACHING THE MOTOR CITY BOWL IN BOTH YEARS AND WINNING IN 1998. KELLY’S MOST SUCCESSFUL SEASON WAS IN 1998 WHEN MARSHALL'S DEFENSE RANKED 23RD NATIONALLY, INCLUDING 16TH IN SCORING DEFENSE, 14TH AGAINST THE PASS AND 25TH AGAINST THE RUN.
- MADE MULTIPLE STOPS AT SYRACUSE AND DARTMOUTH DURING HIS CAREER. HE WAS THE DEFENSIVE BACKFIELD COACH FOR THE ORANGE IN 1999, HELPING THEM TO A VICTORY IN THE MUSIC CITY BOWL. KELLY’S FIRST STINT IN UPSTATE NEW YORK WAS FROM 1986-88 WHEN HE SERVED AS A GRADUATE ASSISTANT WORKING WITH THE LINEBACKERS. THE ORANGE WON THE 1987 LAMBERT CUP AND PLAYED IN THE 1988 SUGAR BOWL DURING KELLY’S TIME THERE.
- THE 1991 SEASON AND THE 1995 SEASON AT DARTMOUTH.
HE COACHED THE OFFENSIVE BACKFIELD IN 1991, HELPING THE BIG GREEN WIN AN IVY LEAGUE TITLE. KELLY SERVED AS THE LINEBACKERS COACH DURING HIS SECOND STINT IN HANOVER.
- KELLY HAS ALSO COACHED AT TULANE (1992-94, LINEBACKERS), NORTHEASTERN (1989-90, DEFENSIVE BACKFIELD), BOWDOIN COLLEGE (1988, DEFENSIVE BACKFIELD) AND SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT (1984-85, OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS).
- A 1982 GRADUATE OF SPRINGFIELD COLLEGE, KELLY EARNED A BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND PLAYED FOOTBALL FOR THREE YEARS. HE EARNED A MASTER’S DEGREE IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION FROM SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT IN 1986.
Jay Addison enters his third season as the Head Coach at Mount Pleasant High School (Providence, RI) in the fall of 2023. In 2021 his first season as head coach Addison was named the Division 2A Coach of the Year after coaching his team to the regular season division title. That season saw his Mount Pleasant program be awarded 10 All Division selections and two All State selections as well as the division 2A Offensive Back of the Year.
Addison joined the Mount Pleasant program as the offensive coordinator in January 2019. Prior to joining the Mount Pleasant staff Addison served as the varsity offensive line coach at Moses Brown High School (Providence, RI) for the 2017 through 2018 seasons.
In his first season at Mount Pleasant as the offensive coordinator in 2019 the Kilties offense talleyed 2,679 rushing yards on 292 attempts in 12 games. Averaging 223.3 yards a game and 9.4 yards per attempt. That season in a first round divisional playoff game, tailback Fredrick Mallay (current URI DB) ran for 521 yards which was recognized by Max Preps as the highest single game rushing performance in the nation that season (2019).
In his two seasons as the offensive line coach with Moses Brown the Quakers offense had totals of 5,764 yards with an average of 480.3 yards per game in 2017 and 4593 yards with an average of 417.5 yards per game in 2018. In those two seasons the Moses Brown rushing attack averaged 2,339 yards on 279 attempts, 203.6 yards per game and 8.4 yards per attempt.
During his 7 seasons coaching in the Rhode Island Interscholastic League with both public and private school programs coach Addison has contributed to the success of 29 All Division selections and 9 All State campaigns by players.
HC Neil Mcgrath
Neil McGrath coached 17 seasons on the Brown coaching staff, the first 16 years as Defensive Line Coach, and last named the Bears' Linebackers Coach. McGrath had developed the defensive front line to where it is consistently among the best in the Ivy League.
McGrath helped two-time first team All-Ivy and All-New England defensive end Richard Jarvis '17.5 into one of the nation's top players. Jarvis was a finalist for the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year and a participant in the 2018 Senior Bowl.
In 2013, McGrath's defensive line was led by first team All-Ivy tackle Michael Yules, a first team Academic All-American. His 2010 defensive line featured Clayton McGrath '12, who led the Ivy League in tackles for a loss and ranked third in sacks, while earning All-Ivy honors, and All-Ivy tackle Jeremy Raducha, who ranked fifth in the Ivy League in tackles for a loss.
His 2008 defensive line helped the Bears allow just 77.1 yards per game, fourth best in the nation, and first in the Ivy League. First team All-Ivy tackle David Howard and two-time second team All-Ivy defensive end James Develin helped the Bears to their second Ivy Championship in the last four years.
McGrath also helped develop Howard into a seventh round NFL draft choice of the Tennessee Titans.
His 2005 Ivy Championship defensive line was led by All-American and All-Ivy defensive tackle Pat Curran with 10 tackles for a loss and four quarterback sacks as the Bears amassed 68 tackles for a loss and 28 sacks as a team. In 2004, he built a formidable group that helped lead the Ivy League in sacks, including the Ivy League leader in tackles for a loss, defensive end James Frazier.
McGrath came to Brown from the University of Massachusetts, where he was the defensive coordinator for the Minutemen under Head Coach Mark Whipple for two years. His defense at UMass ranked first in total defense in the Atlantic 10 during the 1999 season.
Prior to coaching at Massachusetts, McGrath worked at the University of Maine, where he spent five seasons (1995-1999) as defensive coordinator. He was instrumental in the drastic turnaround of Maine’s defensive fortunes, as the Black Bears improved from 11th in the league in total defense in 1995 to fourth in McGrath’s second season. In 1997, Maine led the Atlantic 10 in turnover margin (+12), including 19 interceptions. The Black Bear defense also held opponents to a league-low 29 percent on fourth-down conversions during the 1997 season. In 1998, Maine led the league in sacks.
Prior to his time at Maine, McGrath spent 11 years as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Boston University. He began as a part-time assistant in 1984, coaching outside linebackers and assisting with special teams. McGrath became a full-time assistant for the Terriers in 1988 and coached the defensive line, then added the responsibility of special teams coordinator in 1990. He also spent three seasons as Boston University’s recruiting coordinator, and coached linebackers for one year (1992). The Terriers advanced to the NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs three times while McGrath was at Boston University, including his last two seasons in 1993 and 1994.
McGrath is a 1981 graduate of Boston University where he received a bachelor’s degree in education. McGrath earned four letters as a member of the Terrier football team, where he played with Bears’ defensive coordinator Mike Kelleher. He earned first team All-Yankee Conference honors at linebacker during his senior season in 1980, after leading Boston University to a record of 9-2 and the conference title. The Terriers posted an overall mark of 26-14-1 during McGrath’s four years on the team, winning a pair of Yankee Conference championships.
A resident of Longmeadow, Mass., he and his wife, Kim, have three children, Clayton, a member of the Brown Class of 2012, Sam, a member of the Brown Class of 2012, and Hannah. Both boys played football at Brown and are members of the collegiate coaching ranks, Clay at Brown as its defensive line coach, and Sam at Duke.
All-Ivy Players Coached by McGrath
- 2003 Jesse Hawkins (First Team DE)
- 2004 James Frazier (Second Team DE)
- 2005 Pat Curran (First Team DT), James Frazier (Second Team DE)
- 2007 Kai Brown (Second Team DE), James Develin (Second Team DE)
- 2008 David Howard (First Team DT), James Develin (Second Team DE)
- 2009 David Howard (First Team DT); James Develin (First Team DE); Nate Lovett (Second Team P)
- 2010 Jeremy Raducha (Second Team DT); Clayton McGrath (Honorable Mention DE)
- 2011 Kyle Rettig (First Team DT); Clayton McGrath (Second Team DE)
- 2012 Ross Walthall (Second Team DL); Michael Yules (Second Team DE)
- 2013 Michael Yules (First Team DT); John Bumpus (Second Team DE)
- 2014 Zack Sparber (Second Team DT); Chad Berry (Honorable Mention DE)
- 2015 Richard Jarvis (Honorable Mention DE)
- 2016 Richard Jarvis (First Team DE)
- 2017 Richard Jarvis (First Team DE; Finalist for Defensive Player of the Year)
In the spring of 2010, Chris Robertson returned to WPI and was named head football coach after serving as an assistant at WPI from 1999-2006 and as the Head Football Coach at Salve Regina from 2006-2009.
Now in his 13th season coaching for the Engineers, Robertson has taken Engineer Football to places it has never been. With three post-season appearances (2015/2017/2019) and two post-season victories (2017/2019) Robertson is the only head football coach in WPI history to win a post-season game. Additionally, Robertson’s 2019 team was the first and only 10-win team in over 130 years of varsity football at WPI.
Before the cancellation of the 2020 season, Robertson led the 2019 Engineers squad to a 10-1 record (6-1 NEWMAC), a share of the NEWMAC regular season crown, and a victory over Western Connecticut in the New England Bowl Series. The season before that, the Crimson and Gray went 6-4, posting three shutouts and limiting opponents to single-digit points in two other contests. The offense also shined, racking up 319.1 yards and 24.8 points per game. WPI dealt NEWMAC champion MIT its only conference loss, a 13-6 result on Homecoming.
2017 was also magical year for Robertson and his Engineers. The Crimson and Gray finished the season 9-2 with a seven-game winning streak and a New England Bowl trophy. The nine wins tied the 1992 team that went to the NCAA tournament for the most wins in a single season and the bowl triumph was the first postseason win in the 128 years of WPI Football.
WPI enjoyed success in the newly formed NEWMAC, placing second in the league’s first season of sponsoring football and having kicker Spencer Herrington named the conference’s Special Team Player of the Year in both 2017 and 2018.
Postseason accolades under Robertson have become a staple to the Engineers dozens of players have earned all-conference and all-region honors. Sam Casey was named Defensive Player of the Year in the NEWMAC in 2019 and Sean McAllen was named Offensive Player of the NEWMAC in the same year. Spencer Herrington took home 2017 NEWMAC Special Teams Athlete of the Year while Ernie Mello and Brian Murtagh were named D3football.com All-Americas and Lou Duh, Aaron Champagne, Ehab Hamdan and Will Pope earned CoSIDA Academic All-America accolades.
A defensive coach by trade, Robertson’s squads at both WPI and Salve Regina have drawn national recognition. In 2009, his Salve Regina team allowed the nation’s fewest yards passing per game only to see his WPI Engineers turn the trick in 2010 in his first year back as Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator.
The 1996 graduate of the University of Albany was a three-year starter and captain of the football team. While playing for the Great Danes, the Deposit, NY native was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American. The mathematics major also received his master’s degree in educational psychology from Albany.
HC / Mike Kelleher
Head Coach Junkyard Dogs last 2 years. Assistant Coach St Thomas Aquinas HS 4 Yrs
Defensive Coordinator last year. 4 years State Champs.
38 years College Coaching Experience
Brown U D Coordinator 18 years
Columbia U Special Teams Coordinator 4 years.
UMaine, Colgate, URI, Boston U
Head Football Coach Waltham High School
Mass Pirates OC/QB Coach
8 year Professional QB
All Ivy League selection and 4 year starting QB at Columbia University
Named to Columbia's All Time Team
2018 Arena MVP