Dec. 19, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State Women’s Soccer associate head coach Eric Bell has been named the next head coach at TCU. The announcement was made on Saturday by the TCU Athletics Department.
Bell, who recently completed his sixth season at Florida State, will become the third head coach of the TCU women’s soccer program. He inherits a Horned Frog team that finished 7-11-1 in their final season in the Mountain West Conference in 2011. TCU will begin play as a member of the Big 12 Conference for the 2012-13 season.
Bell was a fixture on Mark Krikorian’s staff for six years serving as an assistant his first two seasons before being promoted to associate head coach in 2008. He also served as the program’s recruiting coordinator since arriving in Tallahassee in 2006.
“I would like to thank Mark and the administrative staff for affording me the opportunity to work at this wonderful institution,” said Bell. “I can’t explain in words how grateful I am to have had this opportunity. I could not have asked for a better boss than Mark. He has been great to me and my family from day one.”
“Eric did a tremendous job at Florida State in helping maintain our position as one of the elite soccer programs in the nation,” said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. “He was exceptional in leading the team defending as well as serving as our recruiting coordinator during his time in Tallahassee. TCU has landed an outstanding coach and leader in Eric. He will do wonderful things for the Horned Frogs as they begin play in the Big 12 next year. We thank Eric for all his hard work and dedication to the Seminole soccer program these last six years. We wish Eric, April, Malena and Cameron all the best at TCU.”
At Florida State, Bell helped guide the Seminoles to three College Cup appearances (2006, 2007 and 2011) including a berth in the school’s first national championship game in 2007. In his six years, the Seminoles compiled an overall record of 106-31-13 while finishing no lower than second place in the Atlantic Coast Conference five times during that span.
He guided the Garnet & Gold to their first ACC Championship in 2011 and a share of the conference regular season title in 2009. During his time at Florida State, Bell coached Mami Yamaguchi, the 2007 MAC Hermann Trophy Winner, a pair of national Freshman of the Year, 18 All-Americans, the 2008 ACC Freshman of the Year, the 2007 & 2009 ACC Offensive Players of the Year and a handful of student-athletes who have competed internationally.
In overseeing the team defending, Bell led the Seminoles to a sub-1.00 goals against average five times, while the backline averaged over 12 shutouts a season. In 2008, FSU set the school record for the fewest goals allowed (15) and the lowest goals against average (0.63). In 2010, the Seminoles gave up a league-low five goals during conference play, while leading the ACC with 13 shutouts.
As recruiting coordinator, Bell brought in two of the highest rated classes in school history in 2007 and 2008. The 2008 class was named the top class in the nation by Soccer Buzz.
“My family and I have thoroughly enjoyed our time here in Tallahassee,” added Bell. “We have met and got to know a lot of great people that we look forward to keeping in contact with as we begin this new chapter in our life.
“I am positive that Mark and Mike (Bristol) will continue their commitment to excellence as well as surround themselves with people that share the same values and philosophy about the game that I do. I believe we will see this group at the Final Four in San Diego next fall.”
Krikorian will begin an immediate search for Bell’s replacement.