2021 Menendez Football Coaching Staff
Matt Potak – Head Coach
Coach Potak enters his first season as Falcons Head Football Coach. Coach Potak has been a part of the Menendez football community since 2006. As an assistant 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.
Offensive Coaching Staff
Allen De Vos (Director of Football Operations/Running Backs/Director of 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. Under Coach De Vos’ leadership, Falcon running backs have run 1,526 times for 9,275 yards and 137 TD’s and turned the ball over just 11 times. Coach De Vos will also assist us as the Director of 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)
Coach Babineau will continue his duties as Offensive Coordinator. 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. Coach Babineau is a graduate of Menendez and played on the school’s first playoff team.
Tyler Coleman (Co-Offensive Coordinator/WRs)
Coach Coleman will help assist Coach Babineau on the offensive side of the ball. Tyler will help with offensive game planning and coach the WRs. 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 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.
Rob Hardwick (Quarterbacks/Director of Football Leadership)
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.
Anthony Coleman (Offensive Assistant/ Director of Community Relations)
Anthony Coleman has over 35 years of coaching experience. Coach Coleman has helped build our community since the 1980s. Coach Coleman played at Hastings High School and was a Deputy Sheriff and Resource Deputy for over 35 years. He started the first Police Athletic League program in South Saint John’s County. His dedication to the kids is inspiring. We are excited to have Coach Coleman.
Justin Carter (Offensive Line)
Coach Carter helped Menendez average over 285 yards rushing per game in 2020 as the 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.
Barry Fox (Offensive Assistant)
Bio coming soon
Marques Davis-Welch (Wide Receivers)
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.
Defensive Coaching Staff
Ronnell Ray (Defensive Coordinator and Secondary)
Coach Ray will return as the defensive backs coach for 2021. He will also expand his role as defensive coordinator. Coach Ray has done a tremendous job with our Falcons since his arrival in 2019. 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/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.
Mark Blocker (Linebackers)
Coach Blocker will join the staff this season after being an Assistant Coach at St. Augustine HS. Coach Blocker played for SAHS in the early 90s. He coached at Gamble Rogers before SAHS and helped the Stingrays win SJMSAA Championships in 2017 and 2019. His knowledge for the game and community speaks volumes. We are very happy to have Coach Blocker on our staff. He is very familiar with our current players and is a leader in our community.
Leonard Allen – Defensive Assistant
Coach Leonard Allen is in his first year coaching high school football. 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 coached the outside linebackers last season but will switch over to the defensive line this year. He will also be our 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 (JV Offensive 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. Coach Brubaker recently 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. We are excited for the addition of Coach Brubaker to the staff!
Kevin King (JV Offensive Line)
Coach King joined the coaching staff in June 2021. 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. He will join the staff this season as the JV offensive line coach.