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Bill Kavanaugh is the operator of the New England Elite Football Clinic at Bentley University. Coach Kavanaugh has been with the NEE for the past three years and has extensive experience running football camps and clinics around the country. He is in his third season as head coach at his alma mater.  In his first two years at the helm, the former Director of Player Personnel at Penn State led the Falcons to back-to-back 5-6 seasons.

Kavanaugh, a co-captain of Bentley’s 2003 team that earned the program’s first-ever NCAA Division II tournament berth, returned to Bentley with nine years of college football coaching and administrative experience under his belt, the last six as part of the staff at Penn State. He was a four-year starter on the defensive line for Bentley from 2000-03, helping the Falcons to a 29-5 record over his final three seasons. He finished his career with 149 tackles, including 47.5 for losses, and 24.5 sacks. The majority of those sacks came as a junior in 2002 when he shared the NCAA Division II lead with 13.5 and was tied for second in sacks per game.

 

 

IMG_0293Mark Harriman is the New England Elite Director. Coach Harriman has been a director of the NE Elite Clinic for 23 years He is also the head coach of the Bates College football program. In 2012, Harriman was named NESCAC Co-Coach of the Year. Harriman is also assistant director of athletics at Bates. Previous to Bates, Harriman served as the defensive coordinator at Harvard for four seasons before arriving at Bates. The 1997 Crimson were the only Division I-AA team ranked in the top five in rushing defense, pass-efficiency defense and scoring defense, helping produce Harvard’s first undefeated Ivy League title. Harriman’s efforts earned him American Football Quarterly’s 1997 Division I-AA Defensive Coordinator of the Year honors. Prior to his stint at Harvard, his defense helped Princeton win two Ivy League titles. A 1980 graduate of Springfield College, Harriman was an All-New England linebacker.

 

5Founder John Papas is a 37-year veteran of football coaching. Coach Papas has the unique resume of having coached at all three levels of college football (D1AA- Harvard, D2-Bentley, D3-Tufts & Mt. Ida) as well as being a prep/private head football coach at Buckingham, Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge Massachusetts (where he led the Knights to Three New England Championships in 2006, 2008 and 2010). Because of this experience, he has been able to see how the recruiting process works at the various levels and where players fit the program. Many New England Elite Football Clinic alumni have been landed at some great academic and athletic colleges after attending this clinic. All because they were at the proper level after being evaluated. One of the other benefits of Coach Papas being at the various levels of college football is the contacts that he has made. These contacts create the best staff in all of New England.