Head Men’s Soccer Coach
- Mark Bell was named the head men’s soccer coach at Eastern Nazarene in July 2016.Bell joined the Lions after a 17-year spell as head men’s soccer coach at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He led the Golden Eagles to three Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) regular season titles and two WHAC Tournament Championships.Since Bell took the reins at Cornerstone in 1998, his program has produced 30 all-conference players, 25 all-academic student-athletes, 21 Academic All-Americans, 13 NAIA All-America honorable mention selections and one NAIA All-Region Player of the Year.A five-time WHAC Coach of the Year and two-time WHAC Champions of Character Coach of the Year, Bell has also coached numerous players who went on to compete at the professional level, including one player drafted into the MLS by the Colorado Rapids.At Cornerstone, Bell implemented “Night of Nets” which raised over $100,000 for the purchase of malaria prevention nets in Zambia. He also took groups of players on missions trips to Brazil, Ukraine, Dominican Republic and Zambia.
Prior to his arrival at Cornerstone, Bell served as an assistant coach at UMASS-Boston and North Park College in Chicago, Illinois.
A native of Hanover, Massachusetts, Bell graduated from the University of Illinois-Chicago after a four-year playing career at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He was a two-time All-Midwest Metropolitan Soccer Conference honoree and team captain for the Thunder. Bell went on to play professionally for Sparta ABA based in Chicago and LWFC/FC Bridges in Europe.