Get To Know Coach Bellis:

WHAT IS YOUR COACHING EXPERIENCE?

Been coaching since 1978. 

Coach Bellis is a retired Physical Education teacher from Deer Park, New York. There he was head women's volleyball coach from 1978-2000, (2 years off 1991-92) where he was selected coach of the year 4 times, 3 division championships and guilding the Falcons to 7 playoff appearances. 

During that time he coached with the top Long Island Club, Long Island Power from 1994 thru 2004. During this time he coached levels from 14-18, leading a 15U team to Salt Lake City in 2002 Nationals and a 16U team to Houston in the 2004 Nationals. 

2006 in Arizona, Bill was a volunteer varsity assistant at Boulder Creek, and head 14's coach at Club Summit from Scottsdale. From 2007-2013 Bill was head coach at Sandra Day O'Connor (Div. 1) High School where he compiled a 185-91 record, twice being voted Coach of the year by his peers. 5 of the 7 years at OC, his teams qualified for the state tournament, 2 times making to second round and 2 times to the semi-finals. 5 of his players have received full VB scholarships. 

During those years Bill has coached different levels of club volleyball for AZ Fear and Fluid AZ. 

CURRENT: Bill has been with Fortitude Volleyball Club since it started. During the season 2015 team (15U) had strong showing in Los Angles and Phoenix will qualifying for Nationals in Spokane, Washington earning a trip to New Orleans. 

Bill was appointed Head Coach at Desert Edge H.S. in Goodyear in 2014. Taking over a program which had won only 16 matches in 3 years, he and his staff made great strides in the first season winning 13 matches, losing 19. Last season they made even greater strides winning 27 matches and losing 11 and qualifying for Desert Edges first ever trip to the state tournament, where they were eliminated in the second round. The program has continued to advance under his leadership. 

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A PART OF THE FORTITUDE FAMILY?

Since it started! 

WHAT IS YOUR PLAYING EXPERIENCE?

On the beach in 1990 in Virginia Beach.

WHERE ARE YOU FROM? WHAT STATES HAVE YOU LIVED IN? 

I am from Long Island, New York. Only there and Arizona. 

ARE YOU MARRIED? DO YOU HAVE ANY KIDS?

Married with 2 kids and now 4 grandkids. My son is a weatherman in Chicago and I have a daughter in San Antonio.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD? 

Any pasta with meatballs.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COFFEE DRINK?

Just coffee

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SPORT TO WATCH? (OTHER THAN VOLLEYBALL) 

Used to be football.... now I only watch and root for the Yankees. 

WHAT DO YOU DO BESIDES VOLLEYBALL? 

Hike, mountain bike and golf. 

WHY DO YOU LOVE VOLLEYBALL?

Sometimes I'm not sure why, but I do. It is very teammate orientated and I love teaching.