With the football scrimmage just over two months away, head football coach Gary Thomas and Dodge City Community College Athletics have announced the hiring Robert Belle and Vincent Reiss as assistant coaches for the 2018-19 season.
Belle will coach the linebackers, while Reiss will coach the defensive line.
"We ran a national search for both jobs, and had upwards of 275 applicants," head coach Gary Thomas said. "In reviewing applications, resumes and references, we had a group of people that rose to the top. In sitting down with coach Callahan and evaluating our candidate pool, there were a few names that rose to the top, and Vincent and Robert were obviously among those. Both of them came very highly recommended by their references and by professional acquaintances that we knew. Both of them are experienced and high-energy guys that I think will have the ability to step right in and hit the ground running, and make us a competitive defensive unit."
Belle comes to Dodge City from Eastern Kentucky, where he served as the defensive quality control coach. Starting at Eastern Kentucky in 2016, Belle's defense allowed fewer passing yards than any Eastern Kentucky team since 2009 and fewer passing touchdowns than any Colonel defense since 2005. In 2017, Belle's defense improved even more, as they ranked first in the league and eighth in FCS with 13 fumbles recovered.
Before his time at Eastern Kentucky, Belle received his degree in interdisciplinary studies from West Alabama, where he played football and helped lead the team to an 8-5 record and a trip to the second round of the 2009 playoffs. Belle then spent one year as an assistant coach at Livingston High School in 2010, before spending time as an assistant coach and associate head coach at Sumter Central High School from 2011-2014.
Reiss comes to Dodge City from Citrus College where he served as the defensive coordinator and the defensive line coach. Before his time at Citrus, Reiss also spent four seasons at the University of La Verne before spending one year at Santa Monica College.
At the University of La Verne, Reiss coached on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball from 2013-2016. In the 2015 season, he helped the Leopards to an undefeated conference record and an SCIAC Championship. The La Verne coaching staff also was named the 2015 SICAC Coaching Staff of the Year.
Before his coaching career, Reiss prepped for four years at Damien High School in La Verne. After Damien High School, Reiss then attended De Anza College, where he played for two seasons and helped lead the team to a Coast Conference Championship and a Southern Divison Bowl in 2009. Reiss then transferred and finished his playing career at Curry College.
Reiss has a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from Curry College and also earned a Master's Degree in Business Leadership and Management from the University of La Verne.