Scarnecchia gave up beach lifestyle to return to coaching 

Feb 01, 2018
Georgia Tech’s Shaquille Mason snapping to New England draft evaluator and former offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia at Tech’s Pro Day. (By D. Orlando Ledbetter/

New England offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia was having a good time in retirement after the 2013 season. 

“I had my own shop in the back of my house,” Scarnecchia said. “I was building furniture. I was playing golf. We had a house in Rhode Island, so I was at the beach all of the time surfing, paddle boarding, body surfing and playing with my grand kids.”

After two years out of the game, Scarnecchia, 69, got a call from Patriots coach Bill Belichick.  He was working a coaching clinic at Pacific University. 

“(He) wanted to know if I’d be interested in talking about coming back,” Scarnecchia said. “When he called, at the time, I wasn’t (interested). Then he called about 10 days later and we talked it out.”