Mark enters his 13th season as the men's soccer
coach at Cornerstone University. In 12 seasons with the Golden Eagles, Coach Bell
has compiled a 124-92-25 record while coaching one Major League Soccer draft
pick, 10 National Intercollegiate Athletic Association (NAIA)
All-American-Honorable Mention selections, 12 All-Region selections, 3 Wolverine-Hoosier
Athletic Conference (WHAC) Players of the Year, 25 All-Conference honorees and
10 Academic All-Americans. Coach Bell has been named WHAC Coach of the Year on
three occasions (2000, 2003, and 2006) and Champions of Character Coach of the
Year one occasion (2007).
Prior to coming to Cornerstone, Coach Bell
spent three seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Massachusetts/Boston
(1995-‘97). He helped the Beacon's to their only Eastern College Athletic
Conference (ECAC) New England Tournament appearance with a 13-5-2 record. Bell
also served as an assistant coach for North Park College(Ill.) (1987-‘90).
Highlights include helping the program go from a 2-14 season to two winning
seasons and appearances in College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW)
Conference playoff finals.
Bell attended Wheaton College (Ill.) (1979-‘83)
where he made two NCAA tournament appearances and played under 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 for the kinesiology department at
Cornerstone. He has also taken the men's program on mission trips to the
Ukraine, Brazil and most recently to the Dominican Republic.
Mark and his wife Catherine have two sons (Zack and Josh). Catherine is a
professor at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.
Assistant Coach - 2nd Season
Assistant Coach - 3rd Season
Coach Duckworth will be in his second
season as coach for the Junior Varsity program. Jerry is a graduate of Northern
Michigan University with a B.A. in education. He received his M.A. from Grand
Valley in secondary education. He currently teaches social studies and physical
education for NorthPointe Christian High School in Grand Rapids. He has been
teaching for 24 years. Jerry brings 23 years of coaching experience to our
staff this season. He has coached the last 12 years at NorthPointe Christian
High School. Highlights during that time include 141 wins, making the State Finals
in 2000, three District Championships, and three River Valley Conference
Championships. Jerry has earned his NSCAA Regional Diploma and his E License.
He has been married for 25 years to his wife, Kathleen, and has three kids:
Josh, Joy, and Anna. Jerry enjoys bow hunting, kayaking, fly-fishing and
camping when he is not on the soccer field.
Assistant Coach - 6th Season
Steve begins his fifth 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 was traded to Columbus Crew. Steve retired after the 2005 season and
returned to Grand Rapids with his family, wife Betsey (Cornerstone alum and
women's soccer team member) and daughter Lindsey. Steve is also currently coaching
for Grand Rapids Crew Juniors.
Assistant Coach - 6th Season
Brett has been involved in either
playing or coaching soccer for the last 28 years. He played college soccer here
at Cornerstone University (1983 to ‘86). In 1983 and 1984, Brett was part of
the national qualifying teams that placed third and seventh overall in the National
Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). Brett had the privilege of
playing under Dr. John Bratcher, who has the fourth most wins out of the
nation's college soccer coaches. Brett
has served as an assistant coach at Western Michigan Christian High School.
During his tenure, the boys' program produced three state championships for the
Warriors. Brett holds an Advanced National Diploma from the National Soccer
Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), and is currently the president of
Shoreline Indoor Soccer Club in Spring Lake, Mich. Brett lives in Grand Haven,
Mich. with his wife Beth (Everitt CU
'84) and their two daughters Summer and Shelby.