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Michael Pantalione –
Head Soccer Coach

Michael Pantalione

Michael Pantalione (621-59-30) completed his 30th year in 2018 as the first and only head soccer coach of Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona. Under his direction, Yavapai developed the most successful Junior College soccer program in the nation, capturing 77 championships including seven national championships, 19 final four finishes, a combined 43 region and district championships along with 27 conference titles. He currently has the best winning percentage (90%) of any collegiate men’s soccer coach and is the all-time leader in JUCO wins (621).

In 1995, he was selected as the recipient of the NSCAA/NISOA National Merit Honor awarded to one college coach (2-year or 4-year/men’s or women’s) whose reputation is recognized as praiseworthy, and reflective of the highest standards of professional and ethical behavior. In 2006, he was the first active coach elected to the NJCAA Soccer Hall of Fame. In 2012, he received the NJCAA National Service Award given to those who have made significant contributions to junior college athletics. In 2015, he was awarded the NSCAA Letter of Commendation, presented for unusual achievement that clearly exceeds performance requirements, expectations and contributions beneficial to the NSCAA and soccer in the United States. In 2016, he was the recipient of the prestigious NSCAA Bill Jeffrey Award recognizing long-term service and contribution to collegiate soccer. Also in 2016, he was the first active coach in a men’s sport elected to the ACCAC Hall of Fame. Additionally, honors include seven NJCAA and five NSCAA National Coach of the Year Awards along with being named NSCAA West Region Coach of the Year 18 times.

A native of Philadelphia and a former goalkeeper, Pantalione previously coached soccer at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, University of Montana, Kenyon College in Ohio, Jesuit High School in Portland, Oregon and Archbishop Wood High School in Philadelphia.

He graduated from the University of Montana and earned his international soccer coaching license in England. Pantalione founded, developed, and directed youth soccer in Montana, including the first state program in Missoula. In addition, Pantalione has directed and coached various summer soccer camps across the nation. In 1980, he was named national soccer coach of the year by Special Olympics, Inc. of Washington, D.C. He is a 40-year member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and served 21 years as National Chair for the NJCAA and NSCAA Soccer Rankings.

Head Soccer Coach
1100 East Sheldon Street
Prescott, AZ 86301-3297
Office: (928) 776-2242
Fax: (928) 776-2243
philly@yc.edu

Hugh Bell –
Assistant Soccer Coach

hugh_bellHugh Bell was selected as Yavapai’s first assistant soccer coach in 1992, the year the Roughriders won their second national championship. The position gained full-time status at the college in 2017. In 2008, Bell was inducted into the NJCAA Soccer Hall of Fame. He was honored with the AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the Year award in a 2003 ceremony held at the America West Arena in Phoenix and was selected as a finalist for the 2004 NSCAA National Assistant Coach of the Year award. He became the active head coach midway through the 2018 season due to a family medical leave by the long-time head coach.

Bell previously coached several clubs, three different high school programs in Arizona and at Scottsdale Community College. He came from Belfast, Northern Ireland where he played on numerous clubs as an attacker. He was a graduate of Arizona State University and holds a national coaching license. In addition, he has directed and coached various summer soccer camps across the nation and is a long-time member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Assistant Soccer Coach
1100 East Sheldon Street
Prescott, AZ 86301-3297
Office: (928) 776-2241
Fax: (928) 776-2243
hugh.bell@yc.edu

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