Bell, who will be just the third women's soccer coach in TCU history, spent the last six seasons at Florida State. After arriving as an assistant coach in 2006, he was promoted to associate head coach in 2008. Bell was Florida State's recruiting coordinator during his entire tenure in Tallahassee.
"We are very excited to welcome Eric Bell to the TCU family," Del Conte said. "Eric has done an unbelievable job at Florida State and is a rising star in the collegiate soccer coaching ranks."
As recruiting coordinator, he made school history when the 2007 class earned its highest national ranking. The Seminoles were recognized by Soccer Buzz with the nation's second-best recruiting class, while grabbing the top spot in the Southeast Region. In 2008, Soccer Buzz awarded Florida State with the top recruiting class in the nation.
"I'm thrilled to be the new coach at TCU," Bell said. "I would like to thank Chris Del Conte and the rest of the search committee for affording me this wonderful opportunity. I believe everything is in place to take TCU to the next level of women's intercollegiate soccer. I am very excited and can't wait to get started."
Since his arrival in Tallahassee, Bell helped guide the Seminoles to three College Cup appearances (2006, ‘07 and ‘11), including a berth in the school's first national championship game in 2007. In his time at FSU, the Seminoles compiled an overall record of 106-31-13, highlighted by the 2011 ACC Tournament title. Bell coached the 2007 MAC Hermann Trophy winner, a pair of national Freshmen of the Year, 18 All-Americans, the 2008 ACC Freshman of the Year, 2007 and 2009 ACC Offensive Players of the Year and a handful of student-athletes who have competed internationally.
In overseeing the defensive scheme, Bell led the Seminoles to a sub-1.00 goals against average in five of his six seasons en route to a 0.83 GAA during that span. The Seminole backline has averaged over 12 shutouts a season under Bell, reaching double digits all six years while posting a school-record 14 shutouts in 2006 and 2008. FSU set the school record for the fewest goals allowed (15) and the lowest goals against average (0.63) in 2008.
Prior to his arrival in Tallahassee, Bell spent four years as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Illinois. In 2005, he was named NSCAA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year while working at one of the top soccer programs in the Big Ten.
Bell also served as head coach at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2000 in addition to being an assistant at Ashland University in Ohio.
Bell is a United States Soccer Federation A Licensed coach and a member of the NSCAA. He attended the College of Wooster where he earned a B.A. in 1992. As a player, he led his team to two NCAA Division III tournament appearances in 1989 and 1990 and to a North Coast Athletic Conference title in 1989.
Bell and his wife, April, were married in May 2001. They have two children, Malena and Cameron.