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.
Rob Orell - Offensive Line Coach
Offensive line coach Rob Orell is back for his second season with the Pirates.
Orell played and graduated from Nichols College in Dudley, MA and now serves as its offensive line coach.
In addition to his coaching experience, Orell has plyed arena football as well.
“After college I went down to Myrtle Beach and played for a summer down there. I came back up and started coaching at Nichols. Then in the summer of 2018 I played in New England for the Bobcats and won my first championship. I also played in 2019 and then dedicated my summer to getting ready for Nichols College and coaching with the Pirates as well,” he said.
Gerald Snay - Special Teams Coordinator/ Linebackers and Defensive Line Coach
Gerald Snay will be the Pirates special teams coordinator, defensive line and linebackers coach for the 2020 season.
Snay, 52, coached high school and college football for 10 years each with numerous roles. Snay also dabbled in the arena game for two years.
His experience includes coaching at Worcester State and as the defensive line coach at Fitchburg State. He was also the special teams coach at Nichols College. His arena experience came with the New England Surge.
Snay has a very special tie to Pirates owner Jawad Yatim mentoring him in his playing days. Yatim is excited to reunite with Snay for the upcoming season.
“I’ve known coach Snay since I was in high school and I am very familiar with him and how serious he takes coaching,” Yatim said. “He takes pride in his work and is absolutely a great guy. Glad to have him and looking forward to competing side by side with him this coming season.”
Kenny Melanson - Scout Team Coordinator
Kenny Melanson joins the Pirates in 2020 as Scout Team Coordinator. Melanson will add an extra layer to the staff that the team did not have in its first two seasons.
“I’m going to be working directly with the offensive, defensive, and special teams coordinators in regards to the looks on all downs; situational football,” he said. “I’m just helping the team get to the next level and hopefully get that championship we’ve been looking for,” he added.
Melanson knows that the coaching profession is a two-way street and he looks forward to learning as he teaches the game.
“I’m excited about the organization as a whole, from owner Jawad Yatim all the way through the front office, as well as working with a three-time Super Bowl champion in Head Coach Patrick and an offensive coordinator who has a lot of experience in arena football in Reggie Gray. Tim Shelley (a former defensive back) is coming back for his second year as defensive coordinator. The opportunity to learn from these guys and the rest of the staff is very exciting.”
Billy Savary - Coaching Assistant
Savary is entering his third year as an Assistant Coach for the Massachusetts Pirates.
His previous arena experience includes winning the 2018 EIF Arena Championship as the head coach/offensive coordinator for the New England Bobcats. He is currently the Offensive Coordinator for Team USA 14u. Played over 20 seasons of Minor League and Indoor Football.
Dominick Spaulding - Strenght and Conditioning Coach
Dominick Spaulding received his opportunity to work for the Pirates after things did not go his way during a tryout, looking to make the roster as a player.
“Team Owner Jawad Yatim and I had spoken months after breaking my foot at their tryout out during a drill segment and he really wanted me to come out and play for the team, but things didn’t go as planned,” Spaulding said. “He then reached out to me later on and stated he wanted me to come on board and be the strength coach,” he added.
Spaulding admits there was a learning curve.
“In all honesty, I had no idea what I was doing at first. I was doing a lot training with different athletes but to be a strength coach? That wasn’t even a thought. So when he presented the idea I was nervous, but I studied hard and learned from a lot of different people and coaches to try and put my guys in the best position to win. It clicked immediately since day one. It’s been nothing but a professional scene,” he said.