Concordia-St. Paul Athletics
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Concordia-St. Paul athletic director Tom Rubbelke has announced that Steve Bellis has accepted the head women’s soccer coach position for the Golden Bears. Bellis comes to Concordia from St. Catherine University and has over 15 years of soccer coaching experience.
“I’m very excited to announce that Steve has accepted the position with our athletic department,” explained Rubbelke. “We are very fortunate to land a coach with his experience, enthusiasm and background in the sport of soccer. I know he’s eager to get started and we are all looking forward to his service to Concordia.”
Bellis commented on joining the Golden Bear athletic department, “I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to coach the CU soccer program. I would like to thank the athletic director and the search committee for entrusting me with this endeavor. I was very impressed with the wonderful facilities and the vision that the administration has for the student-athlete experience. I look forward to working with the great staff, students, alumni and parents that make Concordia such a fantastic university.”
Bellis joins the Golden Bear sidelines from St. Catherine University where he has served as head women’s soccer coach for the NCAA Division III program since 2006. He led the Wildcat soccer program to new heights in the 2008 season, leading them to a 9-7-2 overall record and a program record four victories in MIAC play. Due to increased recruitment efforts under Bellis’ tenure, the Wildcats have been able to start a Junior Varsity team.
Bellis added, “I’m thrilled to be working in the Northern Sun conference and being part of the NCAA Division II experience, as well as being able to provide a balanced student life to the athletes.”
He has already achieved such goals at the Division III level as his previous three Wildcat soccer teams have achieved the NSCAA Team Academic Awards. He’ll inherit a Golden Bear roster that also achieved the most recent NSCAA Team Academic Award.
One thing is clear about Coach Bellis, he has a passion for the game of soccer, “Firstly, I would hope that my teams have always enjoyed the game as much as I do, and my love for the game is infectious! Soccer is in essence a simple game and I like to keep it that way when I coach. My teams are organized, determined and show character when required. Additionally, I expect my teams to be creative and be able to adapt accordingly.”
In addition to his head coaching duties at St. Kate’s, Bellis spent three years as Technical Director for Minnesota Thunder Academy. He has been a Minnesota Youth Soccer Association (MYSA) Olympic Development Staff Soccer Coach since 2000 and is a Staff Soccer Coach for Coerver Coaching, also since 2000.
Prior to his most recent and current coaching opportunities, Bellis was the full time Director of Coaching and Player Development for Wings Soccer Club (1998-2007) and spent two seasons as Academy of Holy Angels Head Girls Soccer Coach.
He made his splash in the collegiate ranks in St. Paul, Minn. at Macalester College, where he served as Assistant Soccer Coach from 1998 to 2004 where he helped coach the Scots to a 1998 NCAA Division III National Championship and a 1999 NCAA Division III National Runner-Up finish. He was the Scots’ Junior Varsity Head Coach during his time at Macalester, as well.
With his extensive experience in coaching, Bellis remarked on his career path, “I’ve been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with and alongside some fantastic coaches over the years. From the highest professional level in England to the top youth organizations and collegiate level coaches in the U.S., it is from those experiences that I have been able to develop my own coaching philosophies and ideas on the beautiful game.”
Bellis received his Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Applied Sport Studies and Social Science from Lancaster University in Lancaster, United Kingdom in 1995. After receiving his degree, he coached with Manchester United Football Club from 1995-98 working with the development program as he coached some of the current Manchester United professional players.
The Manchester, England native reflected on his U.K. background, “Growing up in a country where you eat, breathe and drink the game from a very young age, I have naturally learned to love playing and then eventually coaching soccer.”
Steve Bellis resides in Minneapolis with his wife, Sarah, and their daughter, Pippa.
Coach Bellis added, “I know that I have some large shoes to fill and appreciate the work that coach (Joe) Alianiello has done over the last few years. I am super excited to get started with the players, staff and develop a very successful soccer program at CU for years to come.”
The Concordia University Golden Bears are an NCAA Division II women’s soccer program competing in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). Concordia is the only private Division II institution in the state of Minnesota and the only Division II athletic program in the Twin Cities metro area.