2014 Football Coaches

Corky Rogers

Head Coach

Career Record:
433-77-1 (through the 2013 season)
292-38 at Bolles (1989-2013)
141-39-1 at Lee High School (1972-88)

10 State Championships

  • Became the eighth coach in the history of high school football throughout the nation to reach 400 wins
  • Named National High School Football Coach of the Year for 2004-05 by the National High School Coaches Association
  • Most wins, state titles, and playoff victories among high school football coaches in Florida history
  • Florida Sports Hall of Fame (2013)
  • Robert E. Lee High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame (2013)
  • Gator Bowl Hall of Fame (2012)
  • Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame (2005)
  • Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) Hall of Fame (2002)
  • FACA Life Membership Award for outstanding contribution to high school athletics and the coaching profession
  • USA Head Coach for NFL Global Junior Championships (2005)
  • Sunshine Network Coach of the Year (2002)
  • FACA-Dairy Farmers Football Coach of the Year (2002, 2004, 2006, 2008)
  • Nominated for NFL High School Coach of the Year (2002)
  • Head Coach of the North-South All-Star Football Classic (1990)

Charles “Corky” Rogers' career as a high school football coach has spanned five decades, producing more wins than any other coach in Florida with 423 through the 2012 season. In 2011, Rogers became just the eighth coach in the history of high school football in the nation to reach 400 wins. Rogers ranks fifth nationally in career wins among active coaches. He has guided the Bolles football program since the 1989 season, helping the Bulldogs to compile the most state titles of any football program in Florida with 11. Rogers also holds the state record for state titles won among coaches with 10 and playoff victories with 73. He led the Bulldogs to a record-tying 14th state final appearance in 2012.

The 2010 Bolles varsity football team posted the program’s fourth undefeated regular season in the last five years, won the 30th district title in program history, posted an overall record of 11-1, and advanced to the Region 1-2B Final.

The 2008 and 2009 seasons produced the first back-to-back state titles in program history, bringing Bolles’ state football titles to ten. Rogers recorded his ninth state title as the Bulldogs’ coach in 2009, increasing his lead in state championships among Florida coaches.  Bolles posted a 12-1 record in 2009, winning the program's 29th district title along the way. The 2008 Bolles squad went undefeated, notching 14 victories.

In 2007, the varsity squad posted a 10-0 regular season record, winning the district title, their opening playoff game, and reaching the regional final.  The 2006 season ended with Bolles’ eighth state title in program history and Rogers’ seventh as the Bulldogs’ coach.  Rogers tied the mark for most state titles among high school football coaches in Florida history.  The team also posted a 14-0 record to go along with district and regional titles.  In the 2005 season, he guided the Bulldogs to a 10-2 record, district championship title, and a region runners-up finish.

The 2004-05 academic year proved to be one of the most significant in Rogers’ coaching career as he guided the Bulldogs to the School’s seventh state title in football, became the all-time leader in wins among Florida high school football coaches, was inducted into the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame, and was named National High School Football Coach of the Year by the National High School Coaches Association.  He also shared in the Bolles Athletic Program being selected the ninth best overall program in the nation by Sports Illustrated and the 2005 football squad being named one of the top 25 teams to watch in the nation by Street & Smith’s.

Rogers has established this outstanding success by focusing on a single objective: developing his players into young men who possess the character-building skills necessary to win at football and life.

Nationally recognized by collegiate coaches for his skill in producing outstanding college football recruits, Rogers insists it is due to his team members’ dedication.  He requires them to play the game to the best of their abilities, maintain respect for their coaches and teammates, excel academically, participate in their communities, and make the right choices in every area of their lives.

Prior to Bolles, Rogers coached at his alma mater, Robert E. Lee High School, leading the Generals to playoff appearances in 10 straight seasons.  As a student-athlete at Lee, Rogers played for the 1960 state championship football team and the 1961 state baseball championship team. He is a graduate of The Georgia Institute of Technology where he lettered in football.

Rogers and his wife, Linda, have two daughters, Tracy and Jennifer, and several grandchildren.

Wayne Belger

Assistant Coach

Wayne Belger joined the Bolles staff in 1989 and began his coaching career in 1977. Belger has been instrumental in helping lead the Bulldogs to 10 of the program's 11 state championships. Belger directs the Bulldogs' offense. Prior to Bolles, Belger coached football at his alma mater, Robert E. Lee High School.

While a student at Lee, Belger played quarterback on the first Generals football squad coached by Corky Rogers. Belger then attended Gardner-Webb College (now University), graduating with a bachelor's degree in health and physical education.

He and his wife, Linda, have two sons, Matthew '00 and Mitchell '03. Both Matthew and Mitchell played football at Bolles, with Matthew a member of the 1998 state championship team and Mitchell a member of the Bulldogs' 2002 state championship squad. Matthew played football at Wofford College. Mitchell attended the United States Air Force Academy and played on the Falcons' football squad until suffering a knee injury.

Mike Barrett

Assistant Coach

Mike Barrett has served as defensive coordinator on the Bolles football coaching staff since 1975, helping the Bulldogs to all 11 of the program’s state titles, three state runner-up finishes, nine sectional championships, 14 regional championships and 30 district championships. Barrett has also served as the head coach of the Bolles weightlifting team.

In 1984 and 1985, Barrett became of part of the Jacksonville Bulls' of the United States Football League, serving as strength coach and assistant linebacker coach.

Barrett came to Bolles after coaching in Cincinnati for five years. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor's degree in physical education and started for three years as a linebacker on the Bearcats' football team. As a senior, Barrett earned Cincinnati's Brig Owens Award as the team's most outstanding defensive back. Barrett also earned a master's degree in guidance.

Barrett attended Maynard High School in Massachusetts , where he played running back, linebacker, and kicker on the football team as well as forward on the basketball team and catcher on the school's baseball team. His son Kevin is a 1991 graduate of Bolles and was a member of the Bulldogs' 1990 state title squad. Kevin went on to play football at Brown University and is currently working as a neurologist in Jacksonville.

John Newman '86

Assistant Coach

John Newman '86, who played both running back and defensive back for Bolles, continues to demonstrate his commitment to the Bolles tradition. Since joining the School staff in 1993, he has worked with the middle school, junior varsity, and varsity football programs. Newman has served on the varsity football coaching staff of nine state championship teams. He also led the 2002 Bolles baseball squad to a state title. Newman serves as the upper school dean of students.

Newman is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a bachelor's degree in human and organizational development. He played running back and punt return specialist for the Commodores football squad. Newman also earned a master's degree in education and health promotions from Vanderbilt.

John and his wife Kathy '86, a Lower School Whitehurst Campus faculty member, have three children who have attended Bolles: graduates Taylor '11 and Shaye '13 and current student Bryce '16.

Rich Thomann

Assistant Coach

Rich Thomann Rich Thomann joined the Bolles football coaching staff in 1998 and has been a part of seven of the Bulldogs' state championship titles, coaching the linebackers. Thomann's coaching experience also includes the Canadian Football League and at the collegiate level.

Thomann played collegiate football for one of the most storied programs in history, starting 21 straight games as an outside linebacker for Notre Dame. As a senior, Thomann was selected to play in the North versus South College All-Star game. He earned a bachelor of business administration in management from Notre Dame. Thomann played football professionally with the Jacksonville Sharks and Jacksonville Express.

Thomann played guard and linebacker for the Archbishop Hoban High School football team in Akron, Ohio, and was named to the school's Hall of Fame. He and his wife, Linda, have three daughters: Kaley, Shawn, and Erin.

John Howard

Assistant Coach

John Howard has been a member of the Bolles staff since 1990, currently serving as a member of the upper school social studies faculty, a 10th grade advisor, and a defensive coach with the Bulldogs' football squad.

Howard has also served as an assistant baseball coach at Division I Jacksonville University where he coached catchers and first base. He has an additional 16 years of high school football coaching experience including positions at Episcopal, Ed White, and in Pendleton, South Carolina.

Howard played quarterback, running back, and defensive back at Dreher High School in Columbia, South Carolina, and attended Wofford College where he played quarterback and defensive back. Howard earned a bachelor's degree in sociology with a minor in history from Wofford.

Howard has three children, Kelly, Hillary, and Johnny, and five grandchildren.

Allan Leavitt

Assistant Coach

Allan Leavitt Allan Leavitt joined the Bolles football staff in 2001, providing considerable expertise to the kicking game. A fourth-round draft pick on the Atlanta Falcons in 1977, Leavitt played three seasons in the NFL, also with the Giants and Buccaneers. He was a four-year letter winner at the University of Georgia, earning All-America and All-Southeastern Conference honors as a senior. Leavitt currently is tied for second in the UGA record book for most field goals over 50 yards in a career (6), second in career point-after attempts (PAT) made with 125, and ties with several Bulldog kickers at the top of the PAT percentage list going perfect in the 1973 and 1975 seasons. He also is tied for third on the Bulldogs' longest field goal list with a 58-yarder versus Vanderbilt in 1976.

Prior to Georgia, Leavitt attended Hernando High School in Brooksville, Florida.

He and his wife, Gail, have two sons: Caleb '01, a kicker as well during his Bolles career, and Gabe.

Kevin Fagan

Assistant Coach

Kevin Fagan returned to Bolles in the spring of 2007, having served on the School staff from 1991-93 and coaching football and wrestling. Fagan serves as an assistant coach with the football, wrestling, and weightlifting teams. In addition to his coaching duties, Fagan serves as driver education instructor at Bolles.

Prior to returning to Bolles, Fagan worked in pharmaceutical and medical sales recruitment for The BioPointe Consulting Group.

From 1993-2005, Fagan served on the Nease High School staff, coaching football, wrestling, baseball, and golf. In his four seasons as head baseball coach, he guided the Panthers to two district titles.

Fagan is a graduate of the University of North Florida. A Jacksonville native, he attended Forrest High School where he participated in football, wrestling, and baseball.

Fagan and his wife, Jennie, have two sons: Cody and K.J.

Paul Grissom

Assistant Coach

Paul Grissom joined the Bolles football staff in 2005 and coaches the defensive line. Grissom played linebacker on the University of Central Florida football squad after playing the same position on the Wolfson High School football team.

Lance Picard

Assistant Coach

Lance Picard Lance Picard joined the Bolles football staff in 2009. Prior to Bolles, Picard served on the Trinity Christian football staff for four seasons. From 1994-2005, he served as an assistant athletic director and assistant football coach at his alma mater, Hollywood Christian, working with the offensive and defensive lines.

Picard played on both the offensive and defensive lines at Hollywood Christian. He attended college at Liberty University, earning a degree in sports management.

Chris Malone

Assistant Coach

Clay Grimes

Assistant Coach

Chuck O'Lessker

Film Specialist

Upper School

(Grades 9-12)
San Jose Campus
7400 San Jose Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL 32217
(904) 733-9292

Middle School

(Grades 6-8)
Bartram Campus
2264 Bartram Road
Jacksonville, FL 32207
(904) 724-8850

Lower School

(Grades PreK-5)
Ponte Vedra Beach Campus
200 ATP Tour Boulevard
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
(904) 285-4658

Lower School

(Grades PreK-5)
Whitehurst Campus
7400 San Jose Boulevard Jacksonville, FL 32217
(904) 733-9292