Bell reflects on his journey in soccer after championship season

first_imgA fox’s tail: the story of TCU’s campus foxes Facebook + posts Oscar Saraviahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/oscar-saravia/ Alcohol violations on opening game day remain low Volleyball swept twice by No. 2 Baylor in season openers Oscar Saravia Previous articleHoroscope: December 6, 2020Next articleOU’s Reaves too much for TCU in Big 12 opener Oscar Saravia Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Calls to the TCU Police Department drop this semester FeaturesNewsLiving LegacySportsSoccerTop StoriesBell reflects on his journey in soccer after championship seasonBy Oscar Saravia – December 6, 2020 2041 Life in Fort Worth ReddIt printLoading 50%TwitterBell reflects on his journey in soccer The championship-winning coach is focused on more than just short-term results By Oscar SaraviaTCU’s women’s soccer coach will go down in university history as the man who brought the Horned Frogs to their first championship season.The road has never been easy for Eric Bell. He has coached across the country and traveled many miles for soccer. He arrived in Fort Worth in 2012 when he was hired as the TCU women’s soccer head coach. He is married to April Bell and has two children, Malena and Cameron. Since he arrived, his fingerprints are all over the program’s rise. However, choosing soccer as a lifestyle was never an easy decision for the current Big 12 champion. Eric Bell poses as new TCU women’s soccer head coach back in 2012. (TCU 360)Eric Bell poses as new TCU women’s soccer head coach back in 2012. (TCU 360)His journey started as a skinny kid who didn’t weigh enough – under 100 pounds – to make the freshman football team in high school. Instead, Eric Bell went out for soccer and from there, he began a journey with the game that still persists. From a young age, Bell’s approach to life has been to give 100 percent in any situation. His desire and hunger for achieving the best has been one of the key aspects that motivates himself and his players. “Back in high school I wasn’t the best player in the team at first, but I worked my butt to become the best player in the team,” Bell said. During his high school years, his outstanding performances in the field led him to the College of Wooster in Ohio, where he was recruited to play Division III soccer. He shone on the pitch in college. Bell guided his team to two NCAA DIII tournament appearances in 1989 and 1990, a North Coast Athletic Conference title in 1989 and was voted the team’s best offensive player after the 1991 campaign. He knew in college that he didn’t want his journey in the sport to end after graduation. “Probably by my junior year at college I figured out I wanted to keep doing something in the sport and the only thing I could think of was coaching,” he said. Bell during a warm-up session prior to a game against Texas Tech. (Photo courtesy of @TCUSoccer)Bell during a warm-up session prior to a game against Texas Tech. (Photo courtesy of @TCUSoccer)Bell’s first coaching opportunity came after graduation. He was given the role of part-time assistant coach for the women’s team at his alma mater. He sees coaching as an opportunity to give back to the game he loves so much. “It’s a labor of love, it’s a passion of mine. It’s an opportunity to respect the game, get back to it and help other people be successful,” he said. “I guess I consider myself a teacher so it’s an opportunity to teach and get back.” Bell also expressed gratitude for the people the sport has brought into his life. “Soccer has given me so much,” he said. “It has given me the opportunity to live a comfortable lifestyle, opportunities to travel and most importantly the opportunity to meet new people,” Bell said. Those people that have come along Bell’s way have now become close friends and mentors to him. A clear philosophy Two of the biggest influences on Bell’s coaching philosophy come from Mark Krikorian, the head coach at Florida State, and Janet Rayfield, the head coach at the University of Illinois. “They have influenced me a lot,” he said. “I talk to Mark [Krikorian] during the week to bounce ideas back and forth so I still have a close and healthy relationship.” With the help of mentors like Krikorian, Bell has molded a unique philosophy that guides his players on the field. The key is for his players to always have a purpose with the ball. “For me it’s possession with a purpose. I want my players to feel comfortable with the ball and make good decisions at the right time and score a lot,” he said. “When we defend I like to be aggressive and smart, hard on the tackle and organize defensively to make it hard for other teams to break us down.” Another coaching figure Bell looks up to is former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. “I loved and learned from watching them play when they had players including the likes of Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry, especially in the final third of the field where it’s very hard to do,” he said. Another key aspect of the game is handling circumstances where the pressure is extremely high, such as the recent Big 12 championship match.Bell seemed unfazed.  “I don’t really feel the pressure. I think for me it’s handled throughout the course of the week,” he said. “If I’m prepared, my feel is that I’ve done everything possible for the team to be prepared.” Bell said he prepares each game by “scanning teams and figuring out their tendencies, weaknesses and strengths.” This method has worked well and came to fruition this season when the Frogs claimed their first Big 12 conference title. The team went 8-0-1 on the season and defeated West Virginia 1-0 in the conference championship. Goalkeeper Emily Alvarado credits the success to the hard work done by Bell with the program in recent years. “We’ve been fighting for this in the last three or four years so it has been years in the making,” she said. “It definitely didn’t happen overnight.” A dream realized. #Big12Champs | #GoFrogs pic.twitter.com/8nURbInn1C— TCU Soccer (@TCUSoccer) November 7, 2020 We did it!! https://t.co/QD2HibR2DH— Coach EB (@CoachEricBell) November 7, 2020 While it’s cool to be recognized individually, we all know that we can’t do it alone. It takes a team effort. Thanks to my team for all they did to help us achieve success pic.twitter.com/d2bwEK2JFu— Coach EB (@CoachEricBell) November 19, 2020 Bell arrived at TCU shortly before the team’s first season in the Big 12 conference. Bell is also the first African American soccer coach at TCU. “The most challenging thing during my time here has been the process of building a program that wasn’t very successful to one that is pretty successful,” Bell said. The team had not had a winning season since 2008 when Bell arrived. This year, they defeated three other top 10 teams. “It speaks about the volume of this program,” Alvarado said. “Ever since I got here we’ve gone forward so beating top teams is now the standard that we [seniors] leave.” Growing the game beyond TCUJust as he has helped the TCU soccer program grow, Bell is helping the sport grow around the entire metroplex. He runs the Eric Bell Soccer Academy annually, which helps kids improve in areas such as technical and tactical abilities, physicality and mentality. “We want to give back to Fort Worth,” he said. “It’s an opportunity for players to become better, which is of interest to me.” Bell also sees the camp as a way to keep developing soccer, and its diversity, in America. “[Soccer] has to continue to become more diverse,” he said. “We have to continue seeing people of color playing and not only playing but in administrative positions as well.” Bell’s soccer academy attempts to develop young players for the future. (Photo courtesy of Eric Bell Soccer Academy) Bell’s soccer academy attempts to develop young players for the future. (Photo courtesy of Eric Bell Soccer Academy) In the midst of his pursuit to leave a legacy, Bell said he’s fully committed to further developing the TCU program. In the short term, he is focused on preparing the team for the NCAA tournament that is set to take place in the spring. “The goal is to get as far as we can go,” he said. “The goal is to compete and to win a national championship.” Congrats Eric Bell – Big 12 𝒞𝑜𝒶𝒸𝒽 𝑜𝒻 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝒴𝑒𝒶𝓇 Led program to its first-ever conference championship TCU is only the 10th team in league history to go undefeated en route to the title First honor of his coaching career#GoFrogs pic.twitter.com/bQvaUGbsVo— TCU Soccer (@TCUSoccer) November 18, 2020 TopBuilt with Shorthand Twitter Linkedin Oscar Saraviahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/oscar-saravia/ Oscar Saraviahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/oscar-saravia/ TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Oscar Saraviahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/oscar-saravia/ Strong effort not enough as volleyball swept in series with West Virginia Twitter World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution ReddIt Linkedin Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Huntington Hospital Named America’s 100 Best for Cardiac Care and Coronary Intervention Two Years in a Row by Healthgrades

first_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week 16 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News Huntington Hospital is one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for cardiac care and coronary intervention according to new research released by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions using Medicare data, and outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 16 states.“Now more than ever, consumers understand the importance of hospital quality and starting to become more diligent when researching where they receive care,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “When selecting a hospital, consumers can feel confident in the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for cardiology for their commitment to quality care and exceptional outcomes.”Huntington Hospital is currently expanding its care capabilities with its new Huntington Heart and Vascular Center, creating state-of-the-art facilities to provide cutting edge, compassionate care to our cardiology patients. The new facility is set to open late 2020.“I’m so proud our hospital has been named one of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best for Cardiac Care and Coronary Intervention, now for the second year in a row,” said Lori J. Morgan, MD, MBA, President and CEO, Huntington Hospital. “These designations are a testament to the world-class care our entire cardiovascular services team offers our patients.”“While the pandemic continues, our number one priority is caring for our community,” shares Azhil (Alex) Durairaj, MD, medical director, cardiovascular services, Huntington Hospital. “Our cardiovascular team works hard every day to provide excellent and safe care to our patients. Heart disease impacts so many of our friends and family members. I encourage you to make your physical and mental well-being your first-priority during this challenging time – please see your doctor and don’t delay the vital care you need.”Huntington Hospital was also recognized by Healthgrades for the following clinical achievements:• Recipient of the Healthgrades Cardiac Care Excellence Award™ for 2 Years in a Row (2020-2021)• Recipient of the Healthgrades Coronary Intervention Excellence Award™ for 2 Years in a Row (2020-2021)• Named Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Cardiac Services for 2 Years in a Row (2020-2021)• Named Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Cardiology Services in 2021• Named Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Coronary Interventional Procedures for 2 Years in a Row (2020-2021)• Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Cardiology Services for 2 Years in a Row (2020-2021)• Five-Star Recipient for Valve Surgery for 2 Years in a Row (2020-2021)• Five-Star Recipient for Coronary Interventional Procedures for 3 Years in a Row (2019-2021)• Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Attack for 2 Years in a Row (2020-2021)• Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure for 4 Years in a Row (2018-2021)For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures, and evaluated outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 16 states.Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected) and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected). The complete Healthgrades 2021 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found at https://partners.healthgrades.com/healthgrades-quality-solutions/healthgrades-quality-awards/.About Huntington HospitalHuntington Hospital, www.huntingtonhospital.org, is a 619-bed nonprofit hospital in Pasadena, California. The hospital offers the full spectrum of care for every need, in a variety of settings and through community partnerships. From primary care to urgent care, and from emergency care to trauma care, Huntington Hospital and its partners, ensure that community members receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time. The hospital has received six consecutive ‘A’ grades by The Leapfrog Group, a national distinction recognizing Huntington Hospital’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. Learn more about us on Facebook www.facebook.com/huntingtonmemorialhospital and on Twitter @huntingtonnews. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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Limerick Flooding Update

first_imgPrint Limerick City and County Council has received confirmation from the ESB of its decision to increase the spill rate at Parteen Weir by 30 cubic metres per second (cumecs) to 470 cumecs during today (Friday), the highest spill rate reached since November 2009.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Castleconnell – At the centre of a broad community Flooding advice is available on www.flooding.ie. Information included on the website includes advice on identifying flooding risks, protecting property against flooding, necessary steps to be taken if a property is flooded, and assessing and repairing property damaged by flooding. Linkedin TAGScastleconnellMontpelierParteen Weir Advertisement While water levels at Castleconnell and Montpelier did not increase overnight, the Council says it has additional pumping capacity available to respond to any water level increases arising from the increased spill rate. Email Family home in Castleconnell #LimerickPostProperty Castleconnell – There’s no messing about on the river Facebook NewsBreaking newsLimerick Flooding UpdateBy Guest Writer – January 1, 2016 686 Previous articleLimerick teen rescued from Shannon in early hours of 2016Next articleUnconscious man rescued from Limerick house fire Guest Writerhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Two Limerick primary schools reach final of Our World Irish Aid Awards WhatsApp Limerick Senator welcomes €116,725 boost for new Castleconnell Community Centre Headrace: A cautionary tale from Theme Tune Boy Twitter Council staff are continuing pumping operations in Castleconnell and Montpelier while flood defences are being maintained at other flood prone locations along the river. The Council is also monitoring water levels on the Mulkear River, which enters the River Shannon downstream of Annacotty.Limerick City and County Council says staff remain on alert to ensure that the necessary responses can be immediately activated where the need arises. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Suarez focused on Confederations Cup

first_img Suarez added that “for now there is nothing” in relation to any potential transfer and there was no deadline, although he admitted “family issues” – his wife Sofia moved to Barcelona to study as a teenager which was followed by his transfer to Europe to play for Dutch side Groningen – meant he had an affiliation with Spain aside from the language. Liverpool have yet to be informed by the player or his agent of a desire to leave but it is likely they are waiting for Real to make their approach in order for loyalty bonuses not to be sacrificed by making a transfer request. Suarez, who has six matches of a 10-match domestic ban still to serve for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic in April, has spoken at length of his unhappiness at the way he is treated by the British media. He apologised for his previous misdemeanours and revealed he just wanted to be appreciated for his footballing qualities. “I had wrong attitudes, I recognised my mistakes, I apologised and would love to be valued more for my game on the field,” he added. Press Association Liverpool striker Luis Suarez insists he is not thinking about using the Confederations Cup as a means to enhance his chances of leaving Anfield.center_img The 26-year-old striker will lead the line for Uruguay in the tournament in Brazil over the next fortnight. World champions Spain, who contain many of the Real Madrid players Suarez has previously spoken publicly of wanting to join at the Bernabeu, are Uruguay’s first opponents this weekend. “Here I come to play for Uruguay and not thinking what I can do to benefit a transfer,” he told reporters at a press conference ahead of the match against Spain. “My only goal is to win the cup.” last_img read more