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.