Rick Bellford
Rick  Bellford

Position:
Assistant Coach

Alma Mater:
Wisconsin (2006)

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Rick Bellford recently completed his fourth season with the Marquette University track and field program in 2016-17, where he coaches the jumpers and multi-event athletes.

Bellford has elevated the program since his arrival in 2013, guiding Marquette jumpers and multi-event athletes to 28 BIG EAST titles during indoor and outdoor competition combined, which has led to four-straight BIG EAST champoinships for the women and a 2016 men's outdoor championship to go along with three runner-up finishes. The men's side has won each of the last four outdoor and three of four indoor high jump crowns.

Wally Ellenson ('16) competed for two seasons under Bellford, sweeping the 2015 indoor/outdoor BIG EAST high jump titles en route to two All-American honors after taking third at indoor nationals and fifth during the outdoor NCAA Championships. After he claimed his second-straight outdoor title in 2016, Bellford recruited Daniel Armstrong, who swept both indoor/outdoor crowns in the event in 2017.

On the women's side, Monique Felix has dominated her field in her first two seasons, claiming back-to-back pentathlon and heptathlon titles at the BIG EAST meets, to go along with a 2017 outdoor high jump title. She was named BIG EAST Field Performer at both the 2016 indoor and outdoor meets as well as the 2017 indoor champioships. After claiming two event titles at the 2017 BIG EAST Outdoors, she earned High Point Scorer of the Meet (28.0 points). Terica Harris emerged as the league's top long and triple jumper after sweeping both events at indoors and outdoors and earning Field Athlete of the Meet honors at the 2017 outdoor championships.

List of BIG EAST Champions under Bellford (jumpers only):

2017:    Daniel Armstrong (indoor/outdoor HJ), Will Ford (indoor PV)
             Monique Felix (pentathlon, heptathlon, outdoor HJ), Terica Harris (indoor/outdoor LJ, indoor/outdoor TJ),
             Gemma Tedeschi (outdoor PV), Omo Tseumah (indoor HJ)
2016:    Joel Swanberg (heptathlon, indoor PV), Wally Ellenson (outdoor HJ)
             Monique Felix (pentathlon), Gemma Tedeschi (indoor PV), Omo Tseumah (indoor HJ)
2015:    Joel Swanberg (heptathlon, indoor PV), Wally Ellenson (indoor/outdoor HJ)
             Tatyana Pashibin (outdoor HJ)
2014:    Joel Swanberg (pentathlon, outdoor PV), Michael Saindon (outdoor HJ)
             Tatyana Pashibin (pentathlon, heptathlon), Carlye Schuh (indoor/outdoor LJ)

"I am very happy to have Rick on board as our new jumps coach," said head coach Bert Rogers upon Bellford's arrival. "The jumpers are a very talented group and will greatly benefit from Rick's coaching knowledge and his personal experience as a former All-American. He brings a wealth of energy and enthusiasm."

Bellford has coached BIG EAST champions in the pentathlon, heptathlon, decathlon, high jump and long jump. He’s coached NCAA Regional qualifiers in the long jump and high jump and NCAA qualifiers in the high jump.

He guided high jumper Wally Ellenson to a third place finish at the 2015 NCAA Indoor Championships and a fifth place finish at in the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Ellenson advanced to the USA Outdoor Championships where he closed his season with a 12th-place finish. Bellford oversaw Ellenson as he won both the indoor and outdoor BIG EAST Conference titles, broke the conference's indoor record and set the Marquette school record in the 2015 season.

Bellford previously worked for American Family Insurance before his entry into coaching, while working with jumpers locally at Pius XI High School and Cardinal Stritch University. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor's degree in 2006 and a double major in economics and political science.

The West Allis, Wisconsin native left the Badgers as a multiple All-Big Ten performer in the long jump, triple jump, 100m dash and 4x100-meter relay, while earning All-America honors in the triple jump as a junior in 2005.

He was also a member of a Big Ten championship 4x100-meter relay squad while serving as team captain as a senior in 2006. Bellford was Wisconsin Track Coaches' Association Hall of Fame inductee in 2017. 

He currently resides in Brookfield with his wife, Desiree, and daughter, Brynn.

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