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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.
2017: Daniel Armstrong (indoor/outdoor HJ), Will Ford (indoor PV)
"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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