SAINT MARY OF THE WOODS, Ind. – Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College athletic director Deanna Bradley announced that Bob Belf, a successful veteran coach at both the high school and collegiate level, has been named the new women's basketball head coach.
"We are excited to have Bob Belf joining our staff." said Bradley. "Bob is a veteran coach with a great passion and enthusiasm for the game. He has been successful at each of his coaching stints, and we look forward to him continuing those successes at the Pomeroy helm."
As the new head coach for the basketball program, Belf will step-in immediately. In his first meeting with the team, he experienced an indescribable excitement. "I felt such sheer energy and desire among the players during our team meeting." stated Belf. "I am truly excited to get to the gym and continue the positive direction of the program."
With over 21 years of coaching experience, Belf will become the third head coach in SMWC women's basketball history since athletic scholarship began in 1994. He will replace Deanna Bradley who resigned on March 14.
"I am honored to be chosen as the next head coach of the women's basketball at SMWC." stated Bob Belf. "I want to thank Coach Bradley and the interview committee for having the confidence to allow me to come on board to direct the basketball program."
Belf comes to the Woods after spending the last two seasons as assistant men's basketball coach at Grinnell College (Iowa), an NCAA Division III institution. He helped guide the Pioneers to an overall record of 29-18 during those two years while he served as team's primary recruiting contact.
Prior to him assuming the position at Grinnell, Belf devoted three years as the athletic director at St. Mary Catholic High School (2013-16) in Royal Oak, Michigan. Over the years, Coach Belf has seen six seasons at Henry Ford Community College, six seasons at Bishop Foley Catholic High School, three seasons at Madonna University, two seasons at the University of Louisville, and one season at Kentucky Wesleyan University.
Belf earned his double Bachelor of Arts in Education and Economics from Albion College and his Masters of Education from Marygrove College. He will work in the admissions department as well.
Prospective and interested student-athletes in women's basketball at SMWC can fill out this form to receive more information.
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