2022 Menendez Football Coaching Staff
Matt Potak – Head Coach
Coach Potak became the Head Coach of Menendez Football in 2021. He has been a part of the Menendez football community since 2006. As an assistant coach, Coach Potak was part of the Falcons first varsity winning season in school history (2007). As a Coordinator, Coach Potak helped Menendez reach their first playoff appearance in school history (2008, 2009). Matt was also on the Falcon staff in 2018-19, where he was the Defensive Backs Coach and scouting coordinator. Coach Potak led the Falcons feeder school, Gamble Rogers Middle School, to three SJMSAA Championships and a 60-16 record from 2014-2020. Coach Potak is also the Head Boys Weightlifting Coach.
Offensive Coaching Staff
Allen De Vos (Running Backs Coach/Director of Football Operations/Leadership & Community Involvement)
Coach De Vos began his coaching career in 1998 and joined the Menendez staff in the spring of 2016. He is an outstanding role model and coach in our program who works tirelessly for our kids and prepares them for life both on and off the field. Coach De Vos will continue his role as Director of Football Operations and Running Backs Coach. Coach De Vos will also assist us as the Director of Leadership and Community Involvement, which teaches our kids to give back to the community. He is also Director of Basketball Operations/Assistant Boys Basketball Coach and Assistant Boys Weightlifting Coach. Coach De Vos is a USMC Veteran.
Mike Babineau (Offensive Coordinator/Equipment Director)
Coach Babineau took over as Offensive Coordinator during the midseason point of 2020. While he was in command the offense averaged 28 points per game. In 2019, Mike helped lead Menendez to their first District Championship. He will continue to evolve as an Offensive Coordinator and position coach. Behind the scenes, Coach Babineau is responsible for maintaining and inventory of our equipment. Coach Babineau is a graduate of Menendez High School and played on the school’s first playoff team. Coach Babineau is also an Assistant Track Coach.
Marques Davis-Welch (Passing Game Coordinator)
Coach Davis-Welch begins his second season with the Falcons, He moves into an expanded role as Passing Game Coordinator and JV Offensive Coordinator. A native of Camden, New Jersey, Marquise Davis-Welch is a first year offensive coach. Coach Davis graduated from Nease High School where his love for football continuously grew. He attended University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he played cornerback. Davis is a proud mentor for the youth at the St. Augustine Boys and Girls Club and also works for the Police Athletic League.
Tyler Coleman (Run Game Coordinator)
Coach Coleman will help assist Coach Babineau on the offensive side of the ball. This will be Tyler’s second season with Menendez. Coach Coleman will help with Coordinating the Run Game. We are very excited to have Coach Coleman back at home. Tyler has coached at many schools in the area. He is also a PMHS graduate and played collegiate football at Edward Waters College. Tyler helped lead Menendez to their first winning season back in 2007. He has already coached many of our current players from his coaching days at GRMS. Coach Coleman is also an Assistant Track Coach.
Rob Hardwick (Quarterbacks Coach)
Coach Rob Hardwick has over 30 years of coaching experience. Coach Hardwick is a mentor to our entire community. Coach Hardwick has coached multiple high school players that have played college football. His community involvement is outstanding. He has worked with a majority of the players on our current roster. Coach Hardwick helped lead SJA to an undefeated North Florida Football Championship. Coach Hardwick helped lead our feeder school Gamble Rogers to three SJMSAA Championships. His coaching abilities are elite and we are proud to have Coach Hardwick with our program. Coach Hardwick will also help us with community leadership within the football program. Coach Hardwick is a US Army Veteran.
Justin Carter (Offensive Line Coach)
Coach Carter helped Menendez average over 285 yards rushing per game in 2020 as the OL coach. Coach Carter begins hid fourth year as OL coach. Justin works tirelessly with our players and has great community involvement. He brings a lot of energy to the program and we are excited to have him. Justin started on the 2005 SAHS State Championship team. He was the starting Offensive Tackle and helped lead SAHS to a 15-0 record. Justin has played for Valdosta State in Georgia and has coached at Menendez for the last two seasons, helping the Falcons win the 2019 District Championship. Coach Carter is a US Army Veteran.
Kevin King (Offensive Line Coach – Varsity and JV)
Coach King joined the coaching staff in June 2021. He will begin his second season with the Falcons. He has been a youth sports coach for the past seven years. From football to basketball Coach King has coached them all. He has coached football for four years, soccer for four years, along with basketball and baseball. Currently, Coach King is the Offensive line and Defensive line coach for Gamble Rogers Middle School
Defensive Coaching Staff
Ronnell Ray (Defensive Coordinator and Secondary Coach)
Coach Ray will begin his second season as defensive coordinator. Coach Ray has done a tremendous job with our Falcons since his arrival in 2019. Coach Ray’s philosophy contributed to an amazing defensive performance in 2021. The Falcons statistically had one of their best defenses in school history. His leadership helped Menendez win a 2019 District Championship as well as two playoff wins in 2020. We are very happy to have him back. Coach Ray is also the Head Track and Field coach at Menendez.
Michael Jefferson (Linebackers Coach/Senior Football Advisor)
“Coach J” has been on the Menendez staff since 2004. He is a major contributor to all of the Falcon football success both on and off the field. Coach Jefferson was the position coach of two Menendez alumni that went on to play in the NFL, Tony Steward (Buffalo Bills) and Willie Harvey (Cleveland Browns). Coach Jefferson’s standards are inspiring. Coach Jefferson was an All-County LB for SAHS back in the 70’s. We are grateful for Coach J and look forward to an amazing season with him. Coach Jefferson will also be our Senior Football Advisor. This is a position on the staff that will oversee our programs standards both on and off the field. Coach Jefferson is a US Army Veteran.
Leonard Allen (Defensive Assistant)
Coach Leonard Allen is in his second year coaching at Menendez. A native of Chiefland, FL., Coach Allen has coached youth sports for many years, specifically flag football, basketball and baseball.
In his spare time Coach Allen plays linebacker and is a captain for a local semi pro team. He will be assisting with linebackers and secondary at the Junior Varsity and Varsity level.
Coach Allen is a SSgt in the US Army.
Marquel Williams (Head JV Coach/Defensive Line Coach)
Coach Williams brings energy and passion to the Falcons. Coach Williams was an All-County selection during the 2017 season. As a player, Marquel helped lead the Falcons to their first football playoff win in 2017. Coach Williams is in his second season as defensive line coach and head JV coach. He is a young coach with great potential and we are very proud of him. He’s an alumni and a leader!
Jeremy Brubaker (Defensive Backs/JV Defensive Coordinator)
Coach Brubaker grew up in the South Saint John’s County area and graduated from Menendez in 2005. Coach Brubaker played for the Falcons during the inaugural years of the program. This will be his second season as Defensive Backs coach and JV Defensive Coordinator. Coach Brubaker also coached at the Falcons feeder school, Gamble Rogers. Coach Brubaker coordinated the Stingray defense and helped lead them to a 9-0 SJMSAA Championship season in 2020.