Eric Bell enters his fourth season as an assistant coach for the Fighting Illini. Bell serves as the recruiting coordinator for the Illini and assists with all aspects of the team. The incoming class of Illini fresmen was ranked 23rd in the nation by Soccer Buzz.
Before coming to Illinois, Bell spent 2001 as an assistant coach for Minnesota's women's soccer team. He organized and directed the soccer booster club for the Golden Gopher program in addition to his regular coaching and recruiting duties. Bell was also involved with the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association as the Olympic Development Program state team head coach in 2001. Prior to heading to Minnesota, Bell was the head coach at Indiana University of Pennsylvania for the 2000 season. That year, the team compiled the third best GPA (3.43) among NCAA Division II teams.
From 1997-2000, Bell was an assistant coach for both the men's and women's soccer teams at Ashland University in Ohio. While there, he helped the women's team to three consecutive conference titles from 1997-99 and to the NCAA Division II national semifinals in 1998. In addition, Bell is a coach on the Region II ODP staff.
Bell is a United States Soccer Federation `A' Licensed coach and a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. He attended the College of Wooster where he earned a B.A. in 1992. He led the soccer team to two NCAA Division III tournament appearances in 1989 and 1990 and to a North Coast Athletic Conference title in 1989. He was voted the team's best offensive player following the 1991 season. Bell and his wife, April, were married in May of 2001. They have two children, Malena, 3, and Cameron, 1.