2020 Massachusetts Pirates Coaching Staff
Patrick Pass - Head Coach
Patrick Pass was named Head Coach of the Massachusetts Pirates on November 9, 2019. Pass became the third Head Coach in the history of the franchise.
Pass who served as the Pirates Director of Player Development last season, replaced Anthony Payton who departed at the end of the year to take the same position with the Carolina Cobras. Payton guided the team to an eight and six record in the regular season before losing to the Cobras 30 to 26 in the National Arena League playoffs.
The New England Patriots drafted Pass from the University of Georgia in the seventh round (239 overall) in 2000. Pass enjoyed an eight-year career in the NFL. In 79 games he rushed 128 times for 526 yards and three touchdowns and had 66 receptions for 570 yards and a score. During most of his career he was a blocking fullback, but he did see time at running back, wide receiver and kick returner.
In 2002 Pass earned his first Super Bowl ring as the Patriots defeated the St. Louis Rams 20-17 for the first title in franchise history. In 2004 his second ring was secured as the Patriots defeated the Carolina Panthers 32-29. The following season (2005) was statistically his best in the NFL. Pass rushed for a career high 245 yards as a running back filling in for the injured Corey Dillion. That season Pass also set career marks with 54 carries, an average of 4.5 yards per carry, three touchdowns, 227 receiving yards and 10.3 yards per catch. He was the starting fullback in Super Bowl XXXIX as the Patriots defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 24-21. In 2007, Pass also was a member of the Houston Texans and the New York Giants.
Pass, who grew up in Scottdale, GA, attended the University of Georgia where he played running back, quarterback, receiver and returned kicks. In four seasons with the Bulldogs he rushed 221 times for 1,022 yards and scored five touchdowns. He also caught 35 balls for 435 yards and two scores. Before his freshman season he was drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 1996 Major League Baseball draft and played that summer in the Marlins’ farm system. He also played in the Marlins’ minor league system before his sophomore and junior season in 1997 and 1998.
This is the second head coaching position for Pass. In 2012 he was named the Head Coach of the Boston Freedom Fighters, a professional developmental team in the National Spring Football League. In 2015 he was also a defensive backs coach for the Boston Renegades, a women’s team in the Women’s Football Alliance.
Reggie Gray - Assistant Head Coach & Offensive Coordinator
The Massachusetts Pirates have named former Arena Football League star wide receiver Reggie Gray Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator for the 2020 season. Gray enjoyed 14 seasons of professional football; nine in the AFL and now he looks to bring his knowledge and experience to the Pirates.
In nine AFL seasons Gray recorded 879 receptions, 10,945 yards and 267 touchdown receptions. He also was an explosive kick returner with 302 returns for 5,752 yards and 15 TD’s. He also had two rushing touchdowns.
A two-time AFL champion, Gray was the Most Valuable Player in Arena Bowl XXVIII in 2015 with the San Jose SaberCats. He also won an AFL Championship in 2017 with the Washington Valor. Gray hails from Chicago, IL and played his college ball at Western Illinois. A self-proclaimed “film rat,” he is excited and ready to get to work by teaching players what he knows.
Tim Shelley - Defensive Coordinator
Tim Shelley will returns as Defensive Coordinator for the 2020 season. Last season Shelley’s defense was second in the National Arena League against the run and ranked third in turnover margin, sacks, pass efficiency defense and scoring defense allowing 47.1 points per game.
A former defensive back at Fort Valley State University in Georgia, Shelley was the Defensive Coordinator for the Georgia Doom of the American Arena League for half a season in 2018.
During his playing career, Shelley played defensive back for the Tampa Bay Storm, the Spokane Shock and the Portland Steel of the Arena Football League and in the Indoor Football League with the Green Bay Blizzard and the Cedar Rapids Titans.