Providing character development programs and need-based scholarships to schools  across the US

Daniel Buggs
advisor

Daniel Buggs attended West Virginia University, where he played for the football team. He averaged a touchdown every five touches in football and set a national intramural record in the 100-yard dash. Further football accolades include being selected for the Kodak All-American Football Team, and the Hula and Senior Bowl games. He further went on to become drafted into the NFL, where he spent 10 years playing for the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins. Currently, he gives back to the community through his non-profit, "The Winning Circle", designed to help the youth, as well as speaking to players and coaches around the country, sharing his insight and guidance.


meet our leadership team

Brandon Loehle
Technology Associate

Brandon Loehle is a 2016 Farmington High School Graduate currently pursuing a B.S. in Software Engineering at Quinnipiac University. He is responsible for website development, database management, and social media marketing.

emil sapere
advisor

Sapere graduated from USAF Business School, within the United States Air Force where he served from 1964-1968.  He was veteran of the Vietnam War as a Combat Photographer and upon his completion of duty, he began his distinguished career of 43 years at Hartford Healthcare Systems, Hartford, CT prior to his retirement in September, 2012.  Sapere’s responsibilities included Director of Support Services at The Institute of Living and with Hartford Hospital as the Associate Director of Facilities Development.  He is now Founder and President of Facility Management Solutions Group, LLC, a consulting company specializing in healthcare construction, project management and property development. Sapere’s role with the foundation will be to coordinate local and national events and to act as a national spokesperson for the organization.

 

adam baker
communications 

Baker graduated from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT in 2010 with a Bachelor's Degree in Information Systems Management. In September of 2011 he was hired by the Waterbury Republican & American as a Sports Assistant, where he still works. Baker's role with the Foundation is  communications with coaches, educators and other leaders looking to involve themselves with the Foundation's initiatives.

 

abaker@hopefoundation.us

lou dicocco
executive director

In addition to being a director of the H.O.P.E. Foundation, in the 1970's DiCocco became the founder and developer of Empire Development, LLC, with buildings constructed nationwide.  Since 1980 he has been an entrepreneur focusing on commercial real estate development and contracting.  In 1984, DiCocco founded Alternative Heath Care, a publicly traded company consisting of medical centers, physical therapy centers, and an HMO serving the Northeastern United States. While affiliated with AHC, DiCocco served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.   

 

ldicocco@hopefoundation.us

kathy dicocco, mba 
executive directoR

In addition to being a director of the H.O.P.E. Foundation, DiCocco served as an Inventory Cost Accounting Manager from the mid 1970's to the early 1980s.  Since the 1980's she has served actively in various roles as an accountant.  Throughout the 1990's, Kathy taught accounting and finance at two Connecticut colleges.  DiCocco has participated in extensive fundraising for a local boys' boarding school and for Boston College. She still involves herself actively with various community service and fundraising for local charities and church organizations.  

 

kdicocco@hopefoundation.us

"As a coach, my mission is to help raise the quality of this world, by helping to raise the quality of the individuals who live in this world."  
-Founder, Coach Frank D.B. DiCocco
james vint
advisor

James Vint has 18 years of coaching experience, including 14 years as a coordinator at the high school and college levels. Coach Vint is currently at Estacado High School in Lubbock, TX. Coach Vint has written two books on the pistol offense, 101 Pistol Run Plays and 101 Pistol Option Plays, published by Coaches Choice. Vint also has over a dozen videos on the Spread and Pistol Offense. He is widely sought after clinic speaker, speaking on topics on all three phases of the game. In 2002, Coach Vint began helping coaches implement character education and leadership development into their athletic programs. He has used The Playbook for Manhood with his own teams and in the classroom. 


Anthony Smith
advisor

Coach Anthony Smith has been coaching football for 21 years; entering his 4th year at Grassfield High School. Coach Smith played collegiate football at Hampton University from 1992 – 1995. While playing at Hampton University he won three CIAA conference championships and one SBN National Championship. While Coaching at Grassfield High School the team has played in the post-season playoffs each year. Currently, Coach Smith is striving to produce lifelong learners through the coaching principles associated with football and teaching students about character development utilizing principles from the REAL Man Program.


robert f. mahoney, cpa
financial advisor

 


nicole dicocco 
executive director & Spokeswoman


ndicocco@hopefoundation.us

REX LARDNER
ADVISOR

Rex Lardner has spent over 35 years in sports television as a producer, marketing director, public relations representative, programming director, writer, and on-air commentator. He has worked for NBC Sports, CBS Sports, Turner Broadcasting, the World Wrestling Federation, and Intersport television. Lardner was also a Managing Partner in a sports marketing firm, Two Win Sports Marketing, and an Associate Commissioner for Conference USA. Lardner is currently in his tenth year as Managing Editor for two football trade publications as a part of AFM Media – American Football Monthly and Gridiron Strategies. Lardner, and his wife, Carolyn, reside in Boca Raton, FL. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.

Elisha "Cadillac" Harris
consultant

Elisha “Cadillac” Harris is a longtime teacher and coach in Hampton Roads.  Currently, he is teaching Advanced Physical Education and Driver’s Education at Indian River High School in Chesapeake. He has taught and coached football/track and field at schools all over Hampton Roads and Northern North Carolina, including Elizabeth City State University, Norfolk State University, Maury High School, Green Run High School and Kempsville High School. Cadillac earned his Masters degree in Administration and Supervision from George Washington University.  He donates as much of his “spare” time as possible to supporting community events, motivational speaking, volunteering at football camps and counseling young people of all ages.

nicholas d'addabbo
operations

D'Addabbo graduated from The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL, and holds a Bachelor's of Science in Commerce & Business Administration majoring in finance and specializing in health care management. His role with the Foundation is through strategic and operational planning and execution.


​ndaddabbo@hopefoundation.us

teddy keaton
advisor

A native of Brewton, Alabama, Keaton received his bachelor’s degree in 1999 from Stillman College. Keaton began his coaching career as an assistant football coach and director of football operations at Stillman. As an assistant coach for six seasons, he served as running backs coach, special teams coach and recruiting coordinator. Keaton also coached professionally with the Odessa Roughnecks in Odessa, Texas and served as the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. As a professional and collegiate coach, Keaton has sent over 50 players to the National Football League and/or the Arena Football League. He is a member of the advisory board for the Foundation, specifically for athletics and scholarships. Teddy now coaches at Miles College in Fairfield, AL.