Eastern Nazarene College Director of Athletics Dr. Brad Zarges has announced the hiring of Kameron Konert as head baseball coach.
“The opportunity to bring Kameron Konert to ENC to lead the baseball program will immediately allow us to move to new levels of success. The mentors he has had as a player and assistant coach have provided incredible growth personally and professionally,” said Zarges. “Coach Konert’s understanding of how faith informs his work as a coach is outstanding. We welcome Kameron to Eastern Nazarene College and to the ENC Athletic Department.”
Konert joins the Lions after serving as an assistant coach at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania for three years. He also served as the Recreation and Wellness Coordinator, Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach and Physical Education instructor during his time at Geneva.
A 2013 graduate of Houghton College, Konert holds the distinction as the first signee of the Highlanders’ newly-formed baseball program which began play in 2012. He served as a co-captain for two seasons at Houghton while also initiating several community service projects.
With the Highlanders, Konert pitched 89 innings and racked up 45 strikeouts in two years while also collecting 41 hits, 27 RBIs and scoring 25 runs.
“I am very excited to continue my coaching career as the head coach at Eastern Nazarene College: a place where I can serve Christ while influencing the lives of student-athletes on and off the field. I have big goals for the program and believe I am well prepared for this opportunity,” said Konert. “The ENC athletic department is heading in the right direction, so I feel blessed to be a part of the journey.”
Konert began his collegiate athletic career at NCAA Division I FCS member Davidson College as a fullback on the Wildcats? football team before transferring to Ithaca College to play running back.
A native of Bolivar, New York, Konert earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education from Houghton before completing his Master’s degree in Higher Education at Geneva.
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.
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.”