Mark Bell enters his 15th season as the Men's Soccer Coach at Cornerstone University. In thirteen seasons with the Golden Eagles, Bell has compiled a 142-107-27 record while coaching 1 MLS draft pick, 10 NAIA All-American-HM selections, 12 All-Region selections, 3 WHAC Players of the Year, 27 All-Conference honorees and 12 Academic All-Americans. Bell has been named WHAC Coach of the Year on four occasions (2000, 2004, 2006, and 2011) and Champions of Character Coach of the Year two occasions (2007 and 2011).
Prior to coming to Cornerstone, Bell spent 3 seasons as an Assistant Coach at the University of Mass/Boston (‘95-‘97). He helped the Beacon's to their only ECAC New England Tournament appearance with a 13-5-2 record. Bell also served as an Assistant Coach for North Park College in Chicago, Ill (‘87-‘90). Highlights include helping program go from a 2-14 season to 2 winning seasons and appearances in CCIW Conference playoff finals.
Bell attended Wheaton College (‘79-‘83) where he made two NCAA tournament appearances and played under NSCA Hall of Fame Coach Joe Bean. He also competed abroad in Europe with Lay Witness for Christ. In addition to his coaching duties, he teaches as an adjunct for the Kinesiology Department at Cornerstone. He has also taken the men's program on mission's trips to the Ukraine, Brazil, Dominican Republic and most recently to Zambia.
Mark and his wife Catherine, have two sons Zack and Josh. Catherine is a professor for Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.
Assistant Coach - 4th Season
Coach Duckworth is the Head Coach for our Junior Varsity program. Jerry is a graduate of Northern Michigan University with a BA in Education. He received his MA from Grand Valley in Secondary Education. He currently teaches Social Studies and Physical Education for North Pointe Christian High School in Grand Rapids. He has been teaching for 24 years. Jerry brings 25 years of coaching experience to our staff. He has coached 12 years at Northpointe Christian High School. Highlights during that time include 141 wins, making State Finals in 2000, 3 District Championships, and 3 River Valley Conference Championships. Jerry has earned his NSCAA Regional Diploma and his E License. He has been married for 27 years to his wife, Kathleen and has 3 kids, Josh, Joy, and Anna. Jerry enjoys Bow hunting, kayaking, flyfishing and camping when he is not on the soccer field.
Assistant Coach - 7th Season
Steve begins his seventh season as assistant coach for the Golden Eagles. Steve played for the Golden Eagles in 2000. He was named All-Conference, WHAC Player of the Year, All-Region and NAIA All-American-Honorable Mention. He was then drafted by the Colorado Rapids in the 2nd round (17th overall) in the Major League Soccer draft. Steve played two years for Colorado and and the Columbus Crew. Steve retired from professional soccer and returned to Grand Rapids with his family, wife Betsey (CU alum and women's soccer team member) and daughter Lindsey. Steve is also currently coaching for Grand Rapids Crew Juniors.
Assistant Coach - 2nd Season
Assistant Coach - 7th Season
Brett has been involved with the Men's program here at CU since he played college soccer here at Grand Rapids Baptist College (Cornerstone University) in 1983. In 1983 and 1984, Brett was part of the national qualifying teams that placed 3rd and 7th overall in the NCCAA. Brett had the privilege of playing under Dr. John Bratcher, the nation's fourth winningest college coach. Brett has also served as an Assistant Coach at Western Michigan Christian High School. During his tenure, the WMC boys program produced three State Championships for the Warriors. Brett holds an Advanced National Diploma from the NSCAA, and is currently the President of Shoreline Indoor Soccer Club in Spring Lake, MI. Brett lives in Grand Haven, MI with his wife Beth (Everitt CU '84) and their two daughters Summer and Shelby. Summer will be a freshmen at CU this fall.