Steve Belles

Steve Belles (born November 21, 1966) is a former American football quarterback with the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League. He subsequently became a high school football coach in Arizona, amassing five state championships at Hamilton High School in Chandler.

Steve Belles
No. 7
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1966-11-21) November 21, 1966 (age 55)
Phoenix, Arizona
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school:Phoenix (AZ) St. Mary's
College:Notre Dame
Career history
Career Arena statistics
Comp. / Att.:24 / 60
Passing yards:212
TDINT:6–5
QB rating:40.42
Rushing TDs:3
Player stats at ArenaFan.com

Playing careerEdit

Belles attended St. Mary's High School in Phoenix, where in 1984 he won a state championship and was named Arizona High School Player of the Year. He played college football at the University of Notre Dame.[1]

After college he played one season with the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League.[2] He was also offensive coordinator of the Rattlers in 1993 and played in Europe for the Ravenna Chiefs [it] in 1991.[1]

Coaching careerEdit

Belles has been a head coach at three Arizona high schools: Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, Mountain Ridge High School in Glendale, and most recently Hamilton High School in Chandler. He was at Desert Mountain from 1995 to 2000 with a 26-25 record.[3][4] At Mountain Ridge, where he was head coach from 2000 to 2006 with a 47-13 record,[4] his team advanced to the state finals in 2004 against his future team, Hamilton High School, losing 37–7.[5]

Belles became the head football coach at Hamilton in 2006 after John Wrenn left to become Arizona State University's running backs coach.[6][7] He was instantly successful there with a 13–1 record, Fiesta Region Title, and an Arizona State Championship in his first season.[5] Belles amassed a 131–18 record as coach, including five State Championships at Hamilton, and Arizona's big school state record 53-game win streak.[8] During his tenure, Hamilton was ranked as high as fourth in the nation by the USA Today Super 25.[5] As a head coach, Belles has a 204–56 record.

As a result of a hazing scandal at Hamilton becoming public in 2017, Chandler Unified School District suspended Belles as coach before the start of the football season.[9][10] He remained at the school as a teacher[11][12] until September, when he was reassigned to the district offices,[13] and in December the head coach position was advertised with the Arizona Interscholastic Association.[14]

On June 25, 2018, Belles announced he would become an assistant coach at Juan Diego Catholic High School in Draper, Utah responsible for the quarterbacks and defensive back positions.[15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Steve Belles: Head Coach". mychandlerschools.org. Retrieved 2014-10-31.
  2. ^ "Rattlers All-Time History" (PDF). Arizona Rattlers. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 26, 2016. Retrieved October 31, 2014.
  3. ^ "Belles, Steve / Overview". www.cusd80.com. Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  4. ^ a b "Steve Belles". AZ Elite Sports Camps. Retrieved 2018-06-30.
  5. ^ a b c "Hamilton High School 04-05 Football Schedule". MaxPreps.com. Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  6. ^ "Wrenn named assistant athletic director for football operations". ASU Now. 2010-05-10. Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  7. ^ "ASU Hires Arizona High School Coaching Legend John Wrenn To Be Running Backs Coach: Former Hamilton High Head Coach to join Koetter's staff in 2006". CSTV. Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  8. ^ Ardaya, Fabian (2016-11-04). "Hamilton Is Highest". The Battle For Arizona Avenue. Retrieved 2018-06-30.
  9. ^ "Hamilton HS football coach 'reassigned to home' indefinitely, district says". KPNX. Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  10. ^ "Hamilton High School head football coach 'reassigned to home'". KSAZ. Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  11. ^ "Steve Belles will not coach Hamilton football next season". azcentral. Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  12. ^ "Hamilton High School names new football coach as hazing investigation continues". KTAR. 2017-05-11. Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  13. ^ "Hamilton High School administrators reassigned in wake of sex-assault investigation". The Arizona Republic. 2017-09-22. Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  14. ^ "Hamilton High School posts head varsity football coach job". KPNX. Retrieved 2017-12-14.
  15. ^ "Steve Belles lands football coaching, teaching job at Utah high school". azcentral. Retrieved 2018-06-30.

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