Mark Bellas New ENC Men’s Soccer Coach

Eastern Nazarene College Director of Athletics Dr. Brad Zarges announces the hiring of Mark Bellas head men’s soccer coach.

“It is truly incredible to consider the opportunity to add Mark to our staff. His success over the years is impressive, but the ways in which he has developed and challenged his players to live out their faith is even more astounding,” said Zarges. “The impact he will have on our men’s soccer program is much needed and will be very well received. We welcome Coach Bell to ENC and back to Boston and the South Shore!”

“We are pleased to welcome Mark Bell to the ENC community.  Mark’s rich collegiate coaching experience and history of utilizing soccer as a platform for ministry and student development will allow us to continue strengthening our efforts of preparing students for impactful lives on an off the field,” commented Jeff Kirksey, Vice President of Student Development and Retention.

Bell joins the Lions after a 17-year spell as head men’s soccer coach at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He led the Golden Eagles to three Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) regular season titles and two WHAC Tournament Championships.

Since Bell took the reins at Cornerstone in 1998, his program has produced 30 all-conference players, 25 all-academic student-athletes, 21 Academic All-Americans, 13 NAIA All-America honorable mention selections and one NAIA All-Region Player of the Year.

A five-time WHAC Coach of the Year and two-time WHAC Champions of Character Coach of the Year, Bell has also coached numerous players who went on to compete at the professional level, including one player drafted into the MLS by the Colorado Rapids.

“I am humbled and honored to have been chosen by Dr. Brad Zarges, the search committee and all those involved in the hiring process to lead the men’s soccer program at Eastern Nazarene College. My family and I are delighted to be joining the Eastern Nazarene family and return to the Boston area. I’d like to thank the search committee for giving me this exciting opportunity. Everyone from President Dr. Corlis McGee, Dr. Linda Scott, Kellee Birnstiel, Jeff Kirksey, Marion Mason and Keri Lewis, to the coaching staff, and to the players on the team made me feel welcome while I was on campus as well as showed me why Eastern Nazarene will be such a special place to work,” stated Bell. “I think it will be imperative that our program aligns with the mission of the college to develop men of character, scholarship and leadership as we strive to advance God’s Kingdom.”

At Cornerstone, Bell implemented “Night of Nets” which raised over $100,000 for the purchase of malaria prevention nets in Zambia. He also took groups of players on missions trips to Brazil, Ukraine, Dominican Republic and Zambia.

Prior to his arrival at Cornerstone, Bell served as an assistant coach at UMASS-Boston and North Park College in Chicago, Illinois.

A native of Hanover, Massachusetts, Bell graduated from the University of Illinois-Chicago after a four-year playing career at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He was a two-time All-Midwest Metropolitan Soccer Conference honoree and team captain for the Thunder. Bell went on to play professionally for Sparta ABA based in Chicago and LWFC/FC Bridges in Europe.

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Jim Aller Steps Down As ENC Men’s Basketball Coach

The Eastern Nazarene College Athletic Department announces Jim Aller has chosen not to return as the head men’s basketball coach and assistant athletic director at Eastern Nazarene College to pursue other opportunities. A search for his successor will begin immediately.

Aller served as the Lions’ head coach for seven seasons, compiling a record of 96-83 in seven seasons.

He guided Eastern Nazarene to four consecutive appearances in the Commonwealth Coast Conference Tournament in the last four years, including a pair of trips to the Commonwealth Coast Conference semifinals.

Aller has coached 12 All-Commonwealth Coast Conference selections and three 1,000-point scorers in his time with the Lions. In 2012-13, Aller was recognized as the Commonwealth Coast Conference Coach of the Year.

During the 2015-16 campaign, Aller coached Eastern Nazarene into the D3Hoops.com National Poll for the first time in program history as the Lions received votes after a 9-0 start.

“This has been a tough decision for me, but I am excited about the new opportunities. My 25 years of coaching have been very rewarding, having coached numerous good players and even more good people. I have enjoyed my time at ENC, especially the working relationships with the other coaches and the faculty,” said Aller.

“On behalf of ENC and ENC Athletics, I want to thank Jim for his service to the college. Jim’s career as a basketball coach can best be described as that of a builder of sustained excellence. The evidence of this can be seen in the lives of the men that have played for him and the success of the teams he has coached,” commented Director of Athletics Dr. Brad Zarges. “While we are sad to see Jim depart from ENC, he leaves behind a program that is poised to continue the tradition of winning he has developed. We wish Jim and his family the best as they pursue the next chapter of their personal and professional lives.”

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Mike Munroe 8th In Shot Put At All-State Championship

Quincy High senior Mike Munroe finished 8th out of 24 competitors at Saturday's MIAA Indoor Track & Field All-State Championship at the Reggie Lewis Track Center in Boston. Munroe's top heave was 49 feet, 11 and a half inches. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

Quincy High School senior Mike Munroe finished 8th out of 24 competitors at Saturday’s MIAA Indoor Track & Field All-State Championship at the Reggie Lewis Track Center in Boston. Munroe’s top shot was 49 feet, 11 and a half inches. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

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Kamalu’s 26 Points Power Presidents Past Hingham

Junior center Ugo Kamalu scored a career-high 26 points to lead the Quincy Presidents past Hingham 72-52 Thursday night. Quincy (14-5) hosts Malden Catholic Friday night at 7 p.m. Quincy Sun Photos Robert Bosworth

Junior center Ugo Kamalu scored a career-high 26 points to lead the Quincy Presidents past Hingham 72-52 Thursday night. Quincy (14-5) hosts Malden Catholic Friday night at 6 p.m. Quincy Sun Photos Robert Bosworth

Quincy's Dyreke Johnson had 18 points and 10 assists in the Presidents' 72-52 win over HIngham Thursday night.

Quincy senior Dyreke Johnson had 18 points and 10 assists in the Presidents’ 72-52 win over HIngham Thursday night.

Senior guard scores two of his 15 points for Quincy against Hingham.

Senior guard scores two of his 15 points for Quincy against Hingham.

 

 

 

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Quincy Girls, Boys Down North In Hoop Doubleheader

Quincy senior captain scored 17 second-half points to lead the Presidents to a 48-29 win over North Quincy Friday night. Jorgensen now has 1,152 points for third-place in in Quincy High's all-time scoring list. She also added 20 rebounds, seven blocks and three steals in the win. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

Quincy senior captain scored 17 second-half points to lead the Presidents to a 48-29 win over North Quincy Friday night. Jorgensen now has 1,152 points for third-place on Quincy High’s all-time scoring list. She also added 20 rebounds, seven blocks and three steals in the win. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

Quincy senior Mark Munroe had a career-high 28 points and 16 rebounds to power the Presidents past North Quincy, 78-54, in the second game of a basketball double-header Friday night at NQHS. The victory was the 100th win of coach Dave Parry's coaching career. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

Quincy senior Mark Munroe had a career-high 28 points and 16 rebounds to power the Presidents past North Quincy, 78-54, in the second game of a basketball doubleheader Friday night at NQHS. The victory was the 100th win of coach Dave Parry’s coaching career. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

By BILL GRIFFIN

After being held scoreless in the first half, senior center Nicole Jorgensen exploded for 17 points to lead Quincy to its 16th straight victory,  a 48-29 win over North Quincy to clinch at least a tie for the Keenan Division of the Patriot League before a capacity crowd in the first game of a doubleheader at the North Quincy gym Friday night.

In the boys game, senior center Mark Munroe had a career-high 28 points and 16 rebounds, and Quinlan Evans added 20 on spot-on three-point shooting to lead Quincy past North, 78-54 and give coach Dave Parry the 100th win of his eight-year coaching career.

Jorgensen passed Kerrie Connolly and took third place on the all-time Quincy High scoring list with 1,152 career points. She added 20 rebounds, seven blocked shots and three steals.

The Red Raiders were within 17-15 at the half thanks to excellent defense from junior center Remy Aucoin who did a great job denying Jorgensen the ball. Aucoin had nine points and 10  rebounds while captain Marissa McGue added 11 points,11 rebounds, five assists and three steals.

Sophomore  Liana Cunningham had eight assists for Quincy. Five of her assists came in the third period. She got the ball inside to Jorgensen who scored 11 points in the third to spark an 18-4 Quincy run which gave the Presidents a 35-19 lead entering then fourth period.

North started quickly in the boys game and was tied 16-16 after one. Center Conor Pound blocked six shots in the first half and finished the game with eight points and 10 rebounds.

Evans had five threes for the night and drained three deep threes in the first half to open up the game for Quincy. Scott Mele added 13, seven in the second period, as Quincy opened a 42-30 lead at the half. Munroe scored 18 of his points in  the second half as the Presidents built  comfortable lead.

Senior point guard Dhaaky Drake had 13 points and seven assists for North. Aidan Golden had nine while Andrew Huang and Will Ortiz added eight apiece.

North Quincy senior captain Marissa McGue scored 11 points and added 11 rebounds, five assists and three steals against Quincy.

North Quincy senior captain Marissa McGue scored 11 points and added 11 rebounds, five assists and three steals against Quincy.

Quincy's Gabriela Jerahian puts up a shot for the Presidents as North Quincy's Jill Hallisey defends. Quincy Sun Photos/Robert Bosworth

Quincy’s Gabriela Jerahian puts up a shot for the Presidents as North Quincy’s Jill Hallisey defends. Quincy Sun Photos/Robert Bosworth

North Quincy junior captain  Remy Aucoin scored nine points for the Red Raiders against Quincy Friday night.

North Quincy junior captain Remy Aucoin scored nine points for the Red Raiders against Quincy Friday night. Defending at right is Quincy’s Maeve Hernon.

North Quincy senior guard Will Ortiz goes up for 2 of his 8 points. Defending for the Presidents are Ugo Kamalu (right) and Dyreke Johnson (middle).

North Quincy senior guard Will Ortiz goes up for 2 of his 8 points. Defending for the Presidents are Ugo Kamalu (right) and Dyreke Johnson (middle).

North Quincy senior captain Conor Pound and Quincy junior Ugo Kamalu battle for a loose ball.

North Quincy senior captain Conor Pound and Quincy junior Ugo Kamalu battle for a loose ball.

North Quincy senior captain Dhaaky Drake goes up for a shot at Quincy's Scott Mele defends the Presidents' basket. Drake had 13 points for the Red Raiders and Mele contributed 13 in the Presidents 78-54 win over the Red Raiders.

North Quincy senior captain Dhaaky Drake goes up for a shot as Quincy’s Scott Mele defends the Presidents’ basket. Drake had 13 points for the Red Raiders and Mele contributed 13 in the Presidents 78-54 win over the Red Raiders.

North Quincy's Will Ortiz (left) and Quincy's Mark Munroe (center) battle for a rebound as North's Conor Pound also defends his basket.

North Quincy’s Will Ortiz (left) and Quincy’s Mark Munroe (center) battle for a rebound as North’s Conor Pound defends.

Cheerleaders from North Quincy and Quincy cheer the Red Raiders and Presidents basketball teams Friday night. More photos, stories in the Feb. 18th issue of The Quincy Sun.

Cheerleaders from North Quincy and Quincy cheer the Red Raiders and Presidents basketball teams Friday night. More photos, stories in the Feb. 18th issue of The Quincy Sun.

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