2017 Women's Soccer
Head Coach Kevin Gregory
Contact information for Coach Gregory
Office phone: 419-358-3020
Bluffton University has named Kevin Gregory as its head women’s soccer coach.
Gregory has four years of experience coaching in the NCAA, plus an additional four years of Division III playing experience. For the past four years, he has served as the assistant men’s soccer coach for Hendrix College, a Division III school in Conway, Ark. For two of those years, Gregory also served as an assistant coach for the Hendrix women’s soccer team.
“My goal is to provide a successful student-athlete experience for the players. Having coached and played at small, private colleges and universities, I’m committed to the development of the entire student-athlete,” said Gregory. “I am drawn to Bluffton because of its values of discovery, community, respect and service. All are important characteristics of winning programs and good people.”
As an assistant coach, Gregory’s responsibilities included coaching, recruiting, training, scouting and overseeing match preparation. He also has experience organizing soccer camps at Hendrix and coaching a boys U-12 team.
Gregory coached two All-Southern Athletic Association First Team selections and three honorable mentions on the men’s team and nine all-conference selections and three all-region players on the women’s team.
He was a four-year starter at Hendrix and was captain his senior year. Gregory holds the school record for most minutes played, was captain of a team that recorded the most shut outs in school history and was part of a class that earned the most wins in school history. Gregory is a lifelong soccer fan, having watched his father serve as head coach at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, since 1998.
He has a master’s degree in secondary education from Texas State University and a bachelor’s degree in history from Hendrix. In addition to coaching, he will teach in Bluffton’s health, fitness and sports science department.
Assistant Coach Cheryl Bell
Contact info for Coach BELL
Office phone: 419-358-3488
Cheryl Bell is in her second year as a graduate assistant for the Bluffton University Women's Soccer team. She graduated from Baldwin Wallace University in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts and Science Degree in Sport Management and a minor in public relations. Bell played striker for four years at Baldwin Wallace (NCAA DIII) where she was a two-year captain. While in her fifth year at BW, she was a student coach for the women’s team and procured a position as the assistant varsity girls soccer coach at Avon Lake High School.
A native of Piqua, Ohio, Cheryl graduated from Piqua High School in 2012. During her time at Piqua, she was a 4-year varsity letter winner in both soccer and track. While obtaining multiple all-conference accolades in both sports, she was the captain of both teams as well.
Bell has earned her NSCAA Goalkeeper level 1 & 2 diploma. She is continuing her education at Bluffton University in the Masters of Business Administration program.
Assistant Coach Mustaq Ahmed
Contact info for Coach Ahmed
Office phone: 419-358-3237
Mustaq Ahmed returns to the Bluffton University soccer program for his 13th year as a women's assistant coach in 2018. He is also the buildings and grounds supervisor at Bluffton University.
Ahmed played soccer for Bluffton from 1974 through 1977 after arriving in the United States as a foreign student through MCC from Dhaka, Bangladesh, so he is very familiar with the university and the community of Bluffton.
From 1983-93, Ahmed coached youth soccer for Bluffton Family Recreation in the Black Swamp Soccer League (BSSL) during both the spring and fall seasons, developing his love for teaching the game to young players. He started the Under-14 travel teams for boys and girls in Bluffton, directing squads in the Northwest Ohio Youth Soccer League. (NYOSL) His first girls' team took home the Spring Championship trophy in 1993.
In 1996, Ahmed started the girls' high school program at Bluffton and he led the team until 2002. While coaching at Bluffton High School, he was named the Division II Coach of the Year by the Ohio High School Athletic Association for District 4. Four times his squads competed in the district championship game and the Pirates were a regional finalist once during his tenure at Bluffton.
Recently, Ahmed led the Under-14 travel team for the West Central United based in Lima from 2004-07.
Ahmed resides near Bluffton with his wife of 36 years, Becki. They are the parents of Sarah, who lives in Columbus, and Sabrina, who was a two-time all-state selection from the Bluffton High School girl's soccer team and now lives in Findlay.