Camp Coaches and Heroes
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Camps are led by professional educators and college coaches. Our coaches develop athletic skill, build confidence and provide positive reinforcement. These outstanding educators are the foundation of our day-to-day operations and the key to our program quality.
Louis Baldassano, MSGR. Farrell High School (NY) – 37 years coaching experience, 2nd year w/program
Joe Deptula, Seymour High School (CT) – 9 years coaching experience, 6th year w/program
Pat Dowling, Monroe Township H.S. (NJ) – 17 years coaching experience, 7th year w/ program
Greg Lauri, Nassau Community College (NY) – 21 years coaching experience, 5th year w/ program
Dominic Longo, Bound Brook High School (NJ) 26 years experience, 3rd year w/ program
Ron Luneau, West Haven High School (CT) – 21 years coaching experience, 6th year w/ program
John Murphy, Masuk High School (CT) – 13 years coaching experience, 6th year w/ program
Teriko Roberts, Bulkeley High School (CT), 6 yrs experience, 4th year w/ program
Brian Smith, Bridgewater Raritan High School (NJ), 9 yrs experience, 4th year w/ program
Charles Trentacosti, William Patterson Univ (NJ) 20 years coaching experience, 5th year w/program
Our coaches are supported by New York Giants Heroes – men that earned their living wearing the New York Giants uniform. Giants Heroes are fathers and family men that understand the dynamics of communicating with young people. Heroes appear at various times throughout camp operations.
Bill Ard, (Wake Forest) Guard – (1981-88)
Carlton Bailey, (North Carolina) LB – (88-97)
Scott Brunner, (Delaware) QB – (80-83)
Chris Calloway, (Michigan) WR – (92-98)
Eric Dorsey, (Notre Dame) DE – (86-92)
Keith Elias, (Princeton) RB – (94-96)
Sam Garnes, (Cincinnati) S – (97-01)
Deon Grant, (Tennessee) S – (00-03)
Rod Hampton, (Georgia) RB – (90 – 97)
Gary Jeter, (USC) DE – (77-82)
Terry Kinard, (Clemson), S – (83-89)
Sean Landeta, (Towson) P – (85-92)
George Martin, (Oregon) DE – (75-88)
Curtis McGriff, (Alabama) DE/T – (80-87)
Bart Oates, (Brigham Young) C – (85-93)
Lee Rouson, (Colorado) RB, (85 -90)
Brian Saxton, (Boston Col.) TE – (95-97)
Joey Smith (Louisville) WR – (91-92)
Lance Smith, (Louisiana St.) G – (85-96)
Billy Taylor, (Texas Tech) RB – (78-81)
Steve Thurlow, (Stanford) RB – (64-66)
OdessaÂ Turner, (NW-LA) WR – (87-91)
Charles Way, (Virginia) FB – (95-99)
Perry Williams, (North Carolina) DB- (84-93)
Shaun Williams, (UCLA) S – (98-05)
HEROES LENDING EXPERIENCE TO GIANTS YOUTH CAMPS
Bill Ard- A guard out of Wake Forest and was drafted by the New York Giants in the 1981 NFL Draft (8th Round). Was the left guard on the erudite line that led the Giants to a 1986 Super Bowl title.Â He is also a member of the New York Giants All Century Team.
Carlton Bailey- Drafted as a linebacker out of the University of Michigan, Bailey played for the Bills, Giants, and Panthers. Bailey’s most remarkable seasons occurred with the Buffalo Bills, competing in 3 Super Bowl appearances. In the 1992 AFC Championship Game, he intercepted a pass from John Elway, returning it for the games first touchdown. The Bills won the game 10-7.
Stephen Baker-Drafted in the 3rd round of the 1987 NFL Draft by the Giants out of Fresno State as a wide receiver. He is also known as the Touchdown Maker won a Super Bowl with the Giants in 1987.
Scott Brunner-A quarterback who led the Delaware Fighting Blue Hens to the NCAA Division 2 National Title in his only year as a starter in 1979. The success led the Giants to draft Brunner in the 6th round of the 1980 draft, where he would play for them for 4 seasons.
Chris Calloway- Wide Receiver drafted by the Steelers in the 1990 NFL Draft (4th round) from the University of Michigan as a wide receiver. His best year was in 1998 when he caught 62 receptions for 812 yards and 6 touchdowns.
Eric Dorsey- Was a defensive-end out of the University of Notre Dame and was drafted in the 1st round of the 1986 NFL Draft by the Giants. He was a high school standout at McLean High School, playing every position his senior year and led them to a 10-1 record. He was a starter on the 1987 Giants Super Bowl team.
Keith Elias- This running back out of Princeton University established 21 school records in football from 1991 to 1993. In high school, he received All-American Honors for Lacey Township High School in New Jersey. He signed as a free agent out of college with the Giants where he played from 1994-1996. In 1995, he won the Giants Unsung Hero Award from the NFL Player’s Association for his standout performances both on Special Teams and in the backfield.
Sam Garnes- Was selected in the 1997 NFL Draft by the Giants from the University of Cincinnati as a safety. He also played safety for the Jets as well. Served as Assistant to the Special Teams for the Denver Broncos.
Deon Grant- Safety from the University of Tennessee has won a college National Championship in addition to a Super Bowl. Selected in the second round on the 2000 NFL draft, Grant recorded 771 tackles, 30 interceptions, and 6.5 sacks over his 12 year career. Grant played for the Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Seattle Seahawks, and the New York Giants.
Rodney Hampton- A running back out of the University of Georgia, Rodney was drafted in the 1st round by the Giants in the 1990 NFL Draft. He played his entire career with the Giants from 1990 to 1997. He is a 2-Time Pro Bowl Selection in 1992 and 1993 and his 6,897 career rushing yards stood as the most in Giants history until Tiki Barber surpassed in 2004. He was also a member Giants Super Bowl XXV team. He broke the 1,000 yard mark each year from 1991-1995.
Gary Jeter- Graduating from USC as a Defensive End, he was drafted in the 1st round by the New York Giants. In college at USC he was a member of the 1974 National Championship team, 1976 First-team All-American, played in three Rose Bowl, All-Conference First-team member three years, and won USC’s Defensive Player of the Year award. As a rookie he won an All-Rookie selection for the Giants and went on to play six seasons with them. Played for the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots as well. Inducted into the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.
Terry Kinard- Was a Safety at Clemson University before being drafted in 1983 in the first round by the New York Giants, 10th pick overall. At Clemson he was the first player to be unanimously voted All-American, the first two-time All-American defensive end, first-team AP All-American two years in a row, CBS National Defense Player-of-the-Year for 1982, and was chosen to the USA Today All-College Football Team in the 1980’s. Was part of the Super Bowl Championship Team in 1986 and the 1988 Pro Bowl Game. Was inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Ring of Honor in 2001, and the South Carolina Hall of Fame in 2002. Also played for the Houston Oilers in 1990 to end his eight year NFL career.
Sean Landeta- One of the prolific punters in NFL History, Sean played on both of the Giants Super Bowl Championship teams under Bill Parcells. He played for the Giants from 1985-1992 and the 5-time All-Pro was also briefly on the Giants roster in 2006. With the Giants, Landeta had 526 punts for 22,806 yards in 111 regular season games. His NFL career totals of 1,401 punts, 60,707 yards and 381 punts inside the 20 leave him second in league history in all three categories.
George Martin- Was a defensive end out of the University of Oregon and was drafted by the Giants in the 11th round of the 1975 NFL Draft. He was a part of the Giants 1986 Giants team that won a franchise record of 14 games. Later that year he was named one of the team’s captain’s for the Super Bowl XXI Champions. In 1985, Martin became the NFL’s All-Time leader in touchdowns scored by a defensive lineman with 5.
Curtis McGriff- A defensive tackle out of the University of Alabama who had the opportunity to play college football under the legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. He signed with the Giants in 1980. He made the NFL’s All-Rookie team that year and was a member of the 86-87 Giants Super Bowl Championship team.
Bart Oates – The Giants signed Oates in 1985 after he had initially played three seasons with the Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars in the USFL where he won two USFL championships. Oates won three Super Bowl rings, two with the Giants in 1986 and 1990, and one with the 49ers in 1994. Oates was selected to five Pro Bowls during his career and to the UPI All-NFC team three times. He was extremely durable, starting 125 consecutive games during his Giants career.
Lee Rouson- A running back out of the University of Colorado, Rouson was selected by the Giants in the 8th round of 1985 NFL Draft. At Colorado he was awarded Freshman All Big Eight, All Big Eight Honorable Mention, and Blue/Grey All Star Classic. He was the NFL’s Special Teams Player of the Year in 1986. Lee played a significant role in the Giants 39-20 Super Bowl win in Superbowl XXI.
Brian Saxton- Was an undrafted tight end player out of Boston College who signed with the Giants as a free agent in 1996. He played 2 seasons in the NFL, including time with the Atlanta Falcons.
Joey Smith- Was a Wide Receiver at Louisville before becoming a Giant in 1991. Played two seasons with New York.
Lance Smith- Lance “Big Daddy” Smith was a guard at Louisiana State University selected to the All American-1st team and twice selected for the All-SEC team. In 1985, Smith was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals where he played for 7 seasons. Smith later signed with the New York Giants where he finished his career.
Billy Taylor- A running back out of Texas Tech, who was selected by the Giants in the 4th round of the 1978 NFL Draft. As a member of the Giants, he led the team in rushing in both 1978 and 1979. His best season was in 1978 when he started all 16 games, carrying the ball 198 times for 700 yards and catching it for another 28 times for 253 yards, along with a 11 total touchdowns.
Steve Thurlow- A running back out of the University of Stanford who was drafted in the 2nd round by the Giants in the 1964 NFL Draft. He has played in 50 games of his 5 year career in the NFL with the Giants and Redskins.
Odessa Turner- Was a wide receiver at Northwestern State University, who was drafted in the 4th round of the 1987 NFL Draft. He is a member of the Super Bowl Championship Giants team.
Charles Way- AKA Charles “Get Out of My” Way was a fullback drafted in the 6th round out of the University of Virginia by the Giants in the 1995 NFL Draft. Way’s breakout year came in 1997 due to the injury of starting running back Rodney Hampton of the Giants. Way made the most of his opportunity as the Giants new starting running back in 1997, rushing for a career high 696 yards and gaining 1,001 all purpose yards, and scored 5 touchdowns(4 of them were rushing). Injuries and a chronic knee injured forced Way to retire in 2000. Way currently works now as the Giants Director of Player Development.
Perry Williams- Was a defensive back out of the University of North Carolina and was drafted in the seventh round of the 1983 NFL Draft. He won 2 Super Bowl Championships with the New York Giants in 1987 and 1991.
Shaun Williams- Was the 24th pick in the 1998 NFL Draft by the New York Giants as a Safety after attending UCLA. Was chosen as a All-Pac-10 Conference First Team member in 1997. Played nine NFL seasons, eight for the Giants and one with the Carolina Panthers.