“All of us in Raven Nation are excited to embark on our inaugural season of NCAA Division II football this fall. Football gameday is one of the quintessential college experiences, and it is a privilege for us to be able field a program our community can take pride in. We look forward to our future growth as we join our NE10 brethren on the football field now as well, continuing our proud partnership with one of the country’s premier Division II conferences.”
— RACHEL BURLESON , DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS
Russell Gaskamp is entering his first season as the head coach of the Franklin Pierce University football program in the fall of 2019. He is the program’s third coach overall and the first to coach the team at the Division II level, as the Ravens join the Northeast-10 Conference.
Rindge is the second collegiate head coaching stop for Gaskamp, who came to Franklin Pierce after spending seven years leading the football program at Oklahoma Panhandle State University, where he also earned the title of Associate Athletic Director. Over 73 games at the helm of the Aggies, he posted a 35-38 record (.479 winning percentage). OPSU played at the NCAA Division II level for the first five seasons of Gaskamp’s tenure, including two seasons in the highly-competitive Lone Star Conference, before the institution elected to reclassify to the NAIA level for 2017.
Prior to taking the reins at OPSU, Gaskamp spent time as an assistant coach at three other Division II programs, as he logged time at Angelo State University (2009-11), Southwestern Oklahoma State University (2006-08) and Texas A&M University-Commerce (2005). He opened his collegiate coaching career as an assistant at Division I Sam Houston State University for the 2003 and 2004 seasons.
As an undergraduate, Gaskamp was rostered for five years (1994-98) at the University of Texas, where he was a member of Southwest Conference championship teams in 1994 and 1995, as well as the Big 12 title-winning squad in 1996. He lettered for both the 1996 team and the 1998 incarnation, which would go on to win the Cotton Bowl. In 1998, Gaskamp was the starting center on the Longhorns offensive line which helped clear the way for Ricky Williams in his Heisman Trophy season.
Originally from Weatherford, Okla., Gaskamp is a 1999 graduate of the University of Texas, with a bachelor’s degree in management. He later added a master’s degree in educational leadership from Sam Houston State University in 2005.
ASSISTANT HEAD COACH/DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR/LINEBACKERS
Taylor Ewen enters his second season as a part of the football coaching staff at Franklin Pierce University in 2019. He serves as the team's defensive coordinator.
Franklin Pierce is the third collegiate coaching stop for Ewen, who comes to Rindge after three seasons (2015-17) as the defensive line coach at Division III Husson University in Bangor, Maine. During his time in The Queen City of the East, the Eagles made back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Championship in 2016 and 2017. Ewen also coached the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference's Defensive Player of the Year in 2016.
Prior to Husson, Ewen spent one season (2014) coaching the offensive line as a graduate assistant at Division II Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo. He began his coaching career as an undergraduate at the Division III level, as he served as a student assistant coach with the offensive line for two seasons (2012-13) at Anna Maria College.
Prior to moving to the sideline at Anna Maria, Ewen was a three-year starter on the offensive line for the AMCATS, including an ECFC Academic All-Conference selection.
Originally from Derry, N.H., Ewen is a 2014 graduate of Anna Maria College, where he double-majored in business administration and sport management. He earned his master's degree from Lindenwood University in 2016.
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR/OFFENSIVE BACKS
Bob Davies will begin his first season as an assistant coach with the Franklin Pierce University football team in 2019. He will serve as the coordinator of the team's passing game and also coach the quarterbacks.
Davies comes to Franklin Pierce after a pair of previous collegiate stops. Most recently, he spent the 2018 season coaching the quarterbacks at Division III St. Lawrence University, where his charges set a new school single-season record for passing yards. Davies was also responsible for recruiting across a large swath of the Northeast, an area which spanned Connecticut, as well as parts of Long Island, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. In 2017, he spent a year assisting with the offensive line and video coordination at Division I Princeton University. Davies played collegiately at Division I Monmouth University.
Davies hails from Jackson, N.J., and is a 2017 graduate of Monmouth.
SPECIAL TEAMS COORDINATOR/ DEFENSIVE BACKS
Kevin King will enter his first season as an assistant coach with the Franklin Pierce University football team in 2019. He will serve as the team's special teams coordinator and also coach its defensive backs.
King is no stranger to head coach Russell Gaskamp, as the two spent the 2018 season together at Oklahoma Panhandle State University, where King coached the defensive backs and served as Director of Football Operations. Rindge will be the third collegiate coaching stop for King, who also spent three seasons (2015-17) as a graduate assistant coach of the defensive backs at Division I Southern University, during which time he coached a quartet of All-Southwestern Athletic Conference selections. As an undergraduate, King was a four-year letterwinner at Southern.
Originally from Jacksonville, Fla., King earned both his bachelor’s (2015) and master’s (2018) degrees from Southern.
RECRUITING COORDINATOR/WIDE RECEIVERS
Larry Dace enters his second season as a part of the football coaching staff at Franklin Pierce University in 2019. He serves as the team's recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach.
Franklin Pierce is the first collegiate coaching stop for Dace, who came to Rindge with a year as an assistant coach at the high school level under his belt. For the 2017 season, he served as the wide receivers and special teams coach at St. Augustine High School in New Orleans, La. After his year with the Purple Knights, during which one of his players earned All-District accolades, Dace saw two of his players earn full scholarships at the Division II level. Dace spent the spring of 2018 working with the teams at JFK High School and Lake Area Early College High School before joining the Ravens for the 2018 season.
As an undergraduate, Dace was a three-year starter and five-year member of the team at Division I Tulane University, in New Orleans. In all, he appeared in 32 career games at wide receiver for his hometown Green Wave, including five starts. Dace finished his collegiate career with 26 catches for 294 yards (11.3 yards/catch) and one touchdown.
Originally from New Orleans, Dace is a 2017 graduate of Tulane, with degrees in business marketing and business management.
ASSISTANT COACH/DEFENSIVE LINE
Ricardo Olivieri will enter his first season as an assistant coach with the Franklin Pierce University football team in 2019. He will coach the team's defensive line.
Olivieri will be embarking on his initial college coaching endeavor at Franklin Pierce after spending the 2018 season at Liberty High School in Kissimmee, Fla., where he worked with the varsity offensive and defensive lines, and also served as the junior varsity head coach. Olivieri played collegiately at the Division II level with Washburn University and later spent time with the Kansas City Phantoms of Champions Indoor Football.
A native of Cocoa, Fla., Olivieri earned his degree from Washburn in 2018.