The Miami Dolphins continued to revamp their scouting department on Monday.
The team named Chris Shea assistant director of pro scouting, John Ritcher as scouting assistant and Chase Leshin has been promoted to college scouting coordinator.
“These three moves will help strengthen our scouting department,” general manager Jeff Ireland said. “Chris has done a tremendous job with our organization and has experience at the professional, NFL and collegiate level. We are equally excited about John joining us and Chase has earned a well deserved promotion to our college scouting department after his work for the past two years.”
Shea is in his 13th NFL season and fourth with the Dolphins. In 2010, he served as the club’s Player Personnel Administrator after previously serving as Player Personnel Coordinator from 2008-09. Shea has worked for four NFL teams, the NFL Management Council and two NCAA football programs. A native of Belmont, Mass., Shea was a varsity lineman at Belmont High School and is a graduate of Northfield Mount Hermon prep school. Shea received a B.A. in history from Boston College (which included classes at Harvard University), and earned his Juris Doctor degree from the Hofstra University School of Law. Shea has also passed the New York State Bar Exam.
Ritcher joins the Dolphins after serving three seasons on the strength and conditioning staff at Florida State University. Prior to his arrival at FSU, Ritcher played fullback and linebacker for the Georgia Force in the Arena Football League in 2007. He spent two years as the head strength and conditioning coach at his high school alma mater, Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, N.C. A four-year letter winner at tight end for North Carolina State, Ritcher earned his undergraduate degree in zoology.
Leshin enters his third season with the Dolphins and first as College Scouting Coordinator. He has worked in various departments in the organization over the last two seasons, including equipment, operations and special projects. A Corpus Christi native, Leshin went to the University of Texas, where he worked for the football team and graduated with a degree in marketing in 2008.