Former Minnesota Standout Belk Named Head Coach
Riverdale, NY – Manhattan College Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Marianne Reilly has announced that former University of Minnesota standout Molly Belk has been named Head Coach of the Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving programs.
“Manhattan welcomes Molly Belk to the Jasper Family,” said Reilly. “She had an excellent career as a Division I student-athlete at the University of Minnesota and received both her bachelor's and master's degrees in education. She has a contagious enthusiasm and brings a wealth of experience as a student-athlete, coach and instructor."
Belk spent the last two years working with Asphalt Green Unified Aquatics, serving as the Lead Coach of just under 100 athletes while also assisting the National Group. Additionally, she worked directly with the program's Silver Medal Club and was the coordinator of the Parent Education of Sport and Nutrition group.
"I'm honored that Marianne Reilly has given me the opportunity to work with such high caliber student-athletes at Manhattan College,” said Belk. “I can't wait to join the Jaspers and continue to develop the program."
She also served as an assistant swimming coach for a season at the renowned 92nd street YMCA after moving to New York City in the summer of 2014.
Belk began her coaching career as a volunteer assistant coach for the University of Minnesota during the 2011-2012 school year, helping the Golden Gophers to the Big Ten Championship and a top-15 finish at the NCAA Championship.
She then moved to the high school ranks and was the head coach of the North St. Paul program for two seasons, training over 60 athletes while creating and implementing all swim workouts, weightlifting exercise plans and team activities.
During her time as a student-athlete at Minnesota, Belk qualified for the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Trials while also representing the Golden Gophers at three NCAA Championship meets. A Big Ten Sportsmanship Award recipient as a senior, she also served as a recruiting coordinator for prospective student-athletes.
Out of the pool, Belk has served as a board member for the Challenged Athletes Foundation and volunteered at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games with the organizing committee. Additionally, she established the Ra'ey Youth Soccer Organization, which has helped to empower Ethiopian youth through academics and soccer.
Belk graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education in 2011 before later earning her Master of Arts in Elementary Education in 2014 from the institution.