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 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— TCU Soccer (@TCUSoccer) November 7, 2020 We did it!!— 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— 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— TCU Soccer (@TCUSoccer) November 18, 2020 TopBuilt with Shorthand Twitter Linkedin Oscar Saravia Oscar Saravia TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history 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

Soccer – Finn Harps confirm new management team

first_img Google+ WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Pinterest By admin – May 4, 2011 Previous articleTaoiseach hits out at people responsible for firesNext articleICSA back calls for compensation for those affected by fires admin Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Soccer – Finn Harps confirm new management team Donegal to get 50 tickets for Armagh but not for spectators Felix HealyThe Board of Directors of Finn Harps have confirm that Felix Healy and Peter Hutton will take over as Harps’ management team with immediate effect.  Felix Healy returns to the club he led to the First Division title in 2004 as Director of Football, while Peter Hutton arrives at Finn Park as Manager.  In addition,  ‘A’ Team Manager Paddy Foy will combine his current role by becoming Assistant Manager to Peter Hutton.Harps Chairman Joey O’Leary was delighted to welcome the pair to Harps. “I’m sure that news of Felix and Peter’s appointments as our new Management Team will receive a very positive reaction from our Supporters.  Both men are big names in Irish Football who will bring with a wealth of experience and knowledge to Finn Harps FC. “Peter HuttonFelix Healy is a former player and manager with the club.  He played the first seven games for Harps during the 1978/79 season, including both legs of the UEFA Cup 1st Round fixture against English side Everton, before leaving Finn Park to sign for Port Vale.  Healy returned to Finn Park in 2004 after Noel King’s resignation as Manager.  He led Harps to the First Division title in his first season in charge, recording a record haul of points in the process. Although he never played with the club, Peter Hutton has strong links to Finn Harps. His father, Peter senior, played 228 games for the club during it’s first decade in the League of Ireland, and was a member of the 1974 FAI Cup winning team. Twitter Facebookcenter_img Pinterest Facebook Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR O’Kane and McCarter take up coaching rules 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter NewsSportx Adverts WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegallast_img read more

UN Asks ICC to Investigate Destruction of Mali’s Mausoleums

first_imgThe UN’s cultural wing has reported the destruction of precious mausoleums during an Islamist takeover of northern Mali to the International Criminal Court, its head said on a visit on Saturday to witness their reconstruction.Al-Qaeda-linked insurgents seized Timbuktu – around 1 000km northeast of Mali’s capital Bamako – alongside the west African nation’s other desert towns and cities in 2012.They wrecked 16 of its shrines to Muslim saints that date back to the ancient caravan city’s 15th and 16th century golden age as an economic, intellectual and spiritual centre.“Unesco has involved the International Criminal Court with the destruction of the mausoleums,” Irina Bokova, the organisation’s general director, told reporters at the end of a visit to Timbuktu.“Two months ago I met the prosecutor and I believe they are progressing rapidly, and I hope they will be ready to present the case before the ICC,” she added, without giving details of what charges would be brought.last_img read more

Why the Lakers’ 2019 NBA playoff odds are next to impossible

first_imgDateTeamRecordMarch 9vs. Celtics40-26March 12at Bulls19-48March 14at Raptors47-19March 15at Pistons33-31March 17at Knicks13-52March 19at Bucks49-16March 22vs. Nets34-33March 24vs. Kings32-32March 26vs. Wizards27-38March 27at Jazz37-28March 29vs. Hornets30-35March 31at Pelicans30-38April 2at Thunder40-26April 4vs. Warriors45-20April 5at Clippers38-29April 7vs. Jazz37-28April 9vs. Trail Blazers39-26Meanwhile, the Clippers (18th-toughest remaining schedule) and Spurs (21st) travel relatively easy roads down the stretch. The latest projections show the last two teams in the West playoff field will finish around 44-45 wins, meaning the Lakers would need to go 14-3 for the mere possibility of reaching the first round. (And that’s without mentioning the Kings or the additional help the Lakers need.)Good luck with that.Vegas sportsbooks are already operating as though the Lakers have been eliminated.Yep, we’re all done here. Vegas knows.The dreaded triple-X odds for Lakers to make the playoffs.Westgate has taken the prop off the board after the Lakers’ loss to the Clippers last night.— David Payne Purdum (@DavidPurdum) March 5, 2019 The Lakers are still mathematically alive in the race for the 2019 NBA playoffs, but not even IMF agent Ethan Hunt would accept this mission. After losing to the Nuggets on Wednesday night, the Lakers are 6.5 games out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with only 17 games left on their regular season schedule. This latest blow came only days after a brutal defeat at the hands of the Clippers, one that prompted reporters to ask LeBron James what he expects the team to do when — not if — it is eliminated from postseason contention. MORE: LeBron, Lakers have one inexcusable reason for missing playoffs”Continue to be a professional, and be as great as you can be every single night, no matter the circumstances,” James said. “‘Cause someone is always watching.”Asked what he expects from the team’s motication if the Lakers get eliminated, LeBron said he doesn’t know, but said for himself: “Continue to be a professional, and be as great as you can be every single night no matter the circumstances. ‘Cause someone is always watching.”— Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) March 5, 2019Notice that James didn’t scoff at the question or shut it down by informing media members the Lakers will make the playoffs against all odds. He seems to be resigned to the fact that Los Angeles is already done, and well, he’s right.The Lakers are buried in the Western Conference standings.If we weren’t talking about the Lakers and LeBron, this team would have been written off before falling to the Clippers. That loss just reinforced what was already known.Los Angeles is now closer to the Grizzlies at No. 14 than the Spurs in the No. 8 slot. The Lakers are down to a less than one percent chance of reaching the postseason, according to FiveThirtyEight’s latest projections, the same odds as the Pelicans, a team that has placed its top-five player on a minutes restriction.Playoff seedTeamGames back1.Warriors—2.Nuggets23.Rockets54.Thunder5.55.Trail Blazers66.Jazz87.Clippers88.Spurs8.5—Kings12.5—Timberwolves15—Lakers15—Pelicans16.5—Mavericks18—Grizzlies19—Suns30.5The Clippers and Spurs already own tiebreakers against the Lakers.The battle for LA was important not only because the Lakers needed to rack up as many wins as possible, but also because of the tiebreaker implications.NBA tiebreakers are first determined by head-to-head records, then by division records. The Lakers could even the season series at 2-2 with one more head-to-head game remaining on April 5, but the Clippers (11-3) are far superior to the Lakers (7-6) within the Pacific Division.As for the Spurs, San Antonio already took three of the four matchups against the Lakers, so that head-to-head tiebreaker is gone.The Lakers’ remaining schedule is brutal.It’s a rough road ahead. The Lakers face the 10th-toughest remaining schedule, according to Tankathon, and only five of their final 17 games come against teams under .500. last_img read more