Men’s soccer head coach Thiago Pinto is in his tenth season at the helm of the Bethel men’s soccer program in the fall of 2018 and his 11th season overall. He has amassed a 114-75-19 record in his eleven years at two different stops at the collegiate level. Prior to joining the Pilots, Pinto spent one season at Holy Cross (Ind.).
Pinto, a 2006 graduate of Bethel College, played soccer for the Pilots from 2001-05 and helped the Pilots to four straight NAIA National Tournament appearances. As a senior, he was named an NCCAA Scholar Athlete. A native of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Pinto played in the Brazilian first division for powerhouses Cruzeiro Esporte Clube and Athletico Mineiro.
The men’s soccer program has risen to new heights under Pinto, finishing his inaugural season in 2009 as the first team at Bethel to ever finish a regular season undefeated. In addition, the Pilots reached the highest ranking in program history in 2009, climbing all the way to No. 9 in the NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 poll.
Coach Pinto has led the program to two NCCAA National Runner-Up finishes in 2014 and 2015, earning NCCAA National Coach of the Year in 2015. He has coached two NCCAA Kyle Rote Jr. award winners, given to players that exemplify Christ-like characteristics in every area of their life. Pinto has also earned the prestigious NCCAA Frank Jewell Award, presented to an individual who has displayed Christian character and integrity while coaching soccer within the NCCAA.
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