Sports

Athletics department welcomes full-time assistants, new trainers

Mike Belmonte returns as a full-time assistant tennis coach for both the men’s and women’s teams. (credit: Celia Ludwinski/Photo Editor) Mike Belmonte returns as a full-time assistant tennis coach for both the men’s and women’s teams. (credit: Celia Ludwinski/Photo Editor) Jessica Pope is a new addition to the sports medicine staff.  (credit: Celia Ludwinski/Photo Editor) Jessica Pope is a new addition to the sports medicine staff. (credit: Celia Ludwinski/Photo Editor)

With the fall season just around the corner, the Carnegie Mellon athletics department welcomes back some returning members and congratulates five new full-time members: Jeff Simmons, an assistant football coach for the running backs; Mike Belmonte, the assistant men’s and women’s tennis coach; and Jessica Pope, Lisa Andrews, and Adam Hindes on the sports medicine staff.

Simmons returns for his fifth year on the football staff as an assistant for the running backs, promoted from part-time last year. Before joining the Tartans, Simmons coached high school teams and helped run summer football camps with his grandfather. He also played as a quarterback for Slippery Rock University for three years during his college days. In 2006, Simmons was named among Carnegie Mellon’s University Athletic Association Coaching Staff of the Year.

The tennis teams welcome back Belmonte, who in addition to being assistant coach was also hired as the assistant intramurals director. “I put myself in this position to learn more and surround myself with like-minded people,” Belmonte said of his new title. Now that Belmonte is full-time instead of part-time, he said, “I hope to have a better understanding of college varsity recruiting and coaching and the little things that I wasn’t able to see from exposure on a part-time basis.” Belmonte has coached both the men’s and women’s tennis teams for the past two years, and he won the ITA Atlantic South Regional and National Assistant Coach of the Year awards for 2008–09.

“I am happy to be part of the department full-time,” Belmonte said. “I feel I have lots to offer and I am anxious to see how much of a difference I can make.”

Pope received a master of science degree in health and human performance and joins the Tartan staff after a one-year stint at St. Mary’s College as an athletic trainer.

Hindes is also anxious for the season to begin. “I would like to develop a strong performance team and utilize all our resources in sports medicine, strength and conditioning, nutrition, and counseling so that our athletes will have the best chance of competing on the field.” As a new trainer and sports medicine organizer, he is most looking forward to building relationships and working with the athletic staffs and the athletes.

Hindes added, “If we all work as a cohesive unit, our strengths will [complement] each other, aid in preventing injuries, and [help] the return of our injured athletes to the field.”

These new faces will help the Tartans bring home the Ws and pull off another successful season of fall sports.