Head Coach at Endicott (2001-present, first varsity
season in 2003)
75-48 (.610) overall record, 55-26 (.679) in-conference record at Endicott
Two NCAA Division III Tournament First Round appearances ('10, '13)
Two NEFC Championships ('10, '13)
2010 Gridiron Club of Greater Boston DII/III Coach of the Year
2010 New England Football Writers DII/III Coach of the Year
Coached two players (Taylor Allen '11, Kevin Eagan '11) who signed undrafted NFL contracts
Coached 11 All-Americans
Coached 20 All-Region players including two Defensive Players of the Year and one Offensive Player of the Year
Coached 105 NEFC All-Conference players including three Defensive Players of the Year, two Offensive Players of the Year, two Defensive Rookies of the Year, and two Offensive Rookies of the Year
Two Capital One Academic All-American Second Team student-athletes (Mike Lane '12, Mike Zupkofsky '12) and four Capital One Academic All-District First Team student-athletes (Mike Lane '12, Mike Zupkofsky '12, Mike Wheeler '13, Casey McDonnell '14)
206 student-athletes named Academic All-Conference
Assistant Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator,
Quarterbacks Coach at Illinois-Wesleyan (1999-01)
Co-Offensive Coordinator, Offensive Line Coach at Trinity (Conn., 1998)
Quarterbacks Coach, Passing Game Coordinator at University of Chicago (1996-97)
Offensive Line Coach at Bates (1994-95)
Offensive Line Coach at Trinity (Conn., 1992-93)
Tight Ends Coach at Brown (1991)
Played at Trinity (Conn., 1988-91)
Bachelor of Arts, History from Trinity and Master of Education from Endicott '05
Three-year starter and letter winner at guard and center
Received Blanket Award in Athletics, 10 or more varsity letters in four years
The Endicott football team has only known one head coach since its first varsity season back in 2003. The program, under head coach JB Wells, has flourished on the field in a limited amount of time thanks to NEFC Championships and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2010 and 2013, back-to-back ECAC North Bowl victories in 2011 and 2012, and an overall record of 75-48 (.640) over 12 seasons. However, Wells seemingly, takes the most pride in incorporating football into the broader goal of creating a memorable college experience.
“Our job as coaches is to be educators,” says Wells, who enters his 25th year of coaching collegiate football. “We want to win as many games as we can, but we also want to make sure that we are developing good students, good athletes, and good people. Our staff’s goal is to contribute to a player’s education in all areas, not just on the field.”
The results of Wells’ overarching philosophy have been astounding. Off the field, the Endicott football program has produced 208 NEFC Academic All-Conference winners, four Capital One Academic All-America and All-District honorees, a Hal Chalmers Award Winner (NEFC Scholar-Athlete of the Year), as well as logging countless community service hours on campus and across the greater North Shore area. Most recently the football program raised nearly $20,000 for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, and spearheaded their annual Holiday Toy Dive, which netted close to 1000 toys for disadvantaged children.
On the field, Wells has helped develop nine All-Americans, nine D3Football.com All-Region winners, three ECAC North Players of the Year and 13 ECAC North All-Stars, two NEFC Defensive Players of the Year, two NEFC Offensive Players of the Year, four NEFC Rookies of the Year, 103 NEFC All-Conference winners and two players that earned undrafted rookie contracts from the NFL. Coach Wells has himself been honored as the 2010 Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Division II/III Coach of the Year, the 2010 New England Football Writers Division II/III Coach of the Year and the 2013 New England Football Conference Coach of the Year.
Endicott’s success can be attributed to a variety of factors including organized and purposeful practice methods, the dedication of Wells’ coordinators and assistant coaches, and a challenging offseason program that builds team chemistry, develops leaders and prepares players for the rigors of a long gridiron season.
“We don’t want to waste a second of time at practice. Every drill that we do is directly correlated to something that we have seen on film to prepare us for the next Saturday. Our players are consistently engaged at practice because we move quickly from segment to segment and drill to drill. It keeps things fresh, and it keeps the players and coaches moving and thinking.”
Perhaps most importantly, the offseason program is most important for Endicott’s overall success. “We are a year-round football program, and we expect our players to buy into that”, says Wells. “If you think about it, there are two weeks of preseason, a 10-week season, then 40 weeks of offseason. It’s not just strength and conditioning, but our players must focus on academics, team building, leadership development, and community service.”
At the end of the day, Wells promotes integrity, accountability, and toughness as the core values that all his players should possess in order to create a cohesive unit on and off the field. The results tie into the program’s emphasis on team and leadership development.
“Players in our program understand that their individual actions nearly always affect somebody else. We tell our players that good teams are accountable to their coaches, but great teams are accountable to their teammates. The coaches know that if the players embrace this philosophy, then we have a chance to be successful year in and year out.”
Coach Wells began his career as the Tight Ends coach at Brown University (Providence, RI) in 1991. He then returned to his alma mater as a graduate assistant coaching the Offensive Line at Trinity College (Hartford, CT) from 1992-1993 before serving as Offensive Line coach and Strength Coach at Bates College (Lewiston, ME) from 1994-1995. He then moved on to the University of Chicago (Chicago, IL) where he coached the Running Backs in 1996 and the Quarterbacks in 1997. He returned to Trinity College for one year (1998) before being named Assistant Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks coach at Illinois Wesleyan University (Bloomington, Ill.) from 1999-2001. Wells helped the Titans to the first back-to-back College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin championships since 1964-65. He also served as Assistant Director of Admissions and Recruiting Coordinator for all eighteen of IWU's varsity sports. Coach Wells was then named Head Coach at Endicott College, the first coach in the program’s history, on November 29, 2001.
Coach Wells received a B.A. in History from Trinity College (Hartford, Conn.) in 1991, and a M.Ed. from Endicott College in 2005. At Trinity, Wells was a three-year starter and letter winner at guard and center as well as being an outstanding shot putter and discus thrower on the indoor and outdoor track teams. He earned the college's prestigious Blanket Award in Athletics, presented to athletes who earn 10 or more varsity letters during their four years. At the time, only 50 blankets had been awarded in the history of the College.
Coach Wells resides in Newburyport with his wife, Lisa, and their three children, Caitlyn (15), Mackenzie (13) and Finn (10).