King University

King University Athletics
1350 King College Rd Bristol, TN 37620
Division 2 Tennessee Southeast
Private Small Competitive team


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Mark Bell

Mark joined the Tornado staff on March 1, 2022 following six seasons at Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Mass. In total, he brings 25 years of collegiate head coaching experience to the Tornado.

Men's Soccer Year-By-Year Coaching Records

Athlete Honors

3 College Sports Communicators Academic All-District selections

5 Academic All-Conference Carolinas honorees

King Highlights

First win came in his third game, a 2-0 home triumph over Emory & Henry College on September 3, 2022

2022: The Tornado posted a 2-11-2 overall record, going 1-9-1 in Conference Carolinas play in Bell's first season. Joshua Bessinger, Riley Moore and Marcell Szekeres all earned College Sports Communicators Academic All-District honors.

Prior to King

In 2021, Bell led Eastern Nazarene to the program’s first ever New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) regular season championship. That success came on the heels of the 2019 season, when Bell led the Lions to a 16-4 record and an NECC postseason championship. He earned NECC Coach of the Year honors following the 2019 season, which also included the program’s first-ever berth in the NCAA Division III National Championship.

In his final two full seasons at Eastern Nazarene, Bell led the Lions to a total of 29 wins. Prior to Bell’s arrival in 2016, the Lions managed just 26 wins in the previous five years.

Prior to his time at Eastern Nazarene, Bell spent 19 seasons as the head coach at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Mich., where he amassed 180 wins and a .560 winning percentage. He led Cornerstone to 13 winning seasons, including five Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) championships, and was a five-time WHAC Coach of the Year.


Bell earned his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of Illinois-Chicago, and his Master of Education in Athletic Administration from Endicott College. He holds his National and Advanced coaching diplomas from the United Soccer Coaches Association.

Mark’s wife, Dr. Catherine Mueller-Bell is a Professor of Counseling and a Missionary of Counselor Education. They have two adult sons, Zachariah, who lives in Australia and Joshua who lives in California.

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Louis Sharp

Sharp joined the Tornado staff prior to the 2021 season as a graduate assistant coach. He is working on his Master of Education at King while working with the men's soccer team.

Year-By-Year Season Recaps

2021: The Tornado took a pair of shutout wins early in the season over Concord and Emory & Henry. However, the Tornado struggled the remainder of the season, finishing with a 2-11-2 overall record, including a 0-10-1 mark in Conference Carolinas play. King had seven individuals earn academic All-Conference Carolinas.

Prior to King

Sharp comes to Bristol from Bethel University (Tenn.) where he played soccer and graduated with a degree in physical education. Prior to that, Sharp attended Pratt College in Kansas under a FuturePro USA scholarship. While there the learned about the many areas of coaching, including nutrition, first aid and personal health. Sharp coached the Eltham Town U12 football team and earned his FA level 1 goalkeeping and outfield badges. He graduated from Bethel University (Tenn.) in 2020 with a degree in physical education.

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