Bethel College women’s soccer coach Anthony Turini and men’s soccer coach Mario Felix announced his resignation Wednesday after five seasons leading the team.
Turini also served as co-sports information director until the hiring of Josh Booth as the full-time SID. Turini then served as assistant SID.
In five seasons, Turini was 20-64-3, 6-41-1 in KCAC play.
Turini came to Bethel from the University of Maine-Machias, serving as head men's and women's soccer coaches, “athletic operations coordinator and an admissions counselor.”
A native of Carbondale, Ill., Turini played for Gannon University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. He played on the 1993 NCAA Division II national semifinal team.
He holds a master’s degree from Edinboro University.
Turini cited personal issues for his resignation.
"I hope I can help transition to the next coach, and help the program continue to grow and be successful,” Turini said.
"I would like to thank Tony for his dedication and commitment to Bethel women's soccer," BC athletic director Tony Hoops said. "He was an amazing person to work with who displayed great vision and commitment to his program on a daily basis.
"He will be missed greatly within our athletic department. I wish him the best as he moves forward in life."
“The growth Bethel Athletics has seen this past year in terms of social media, local media, and the marketing of the product in general would not have been possible had Tony not done all he could to help me take over this role,” Booth said. “I would not be half as successful at this position had it not been for his guidance during my early stages at Bethel."
Felix was 4-13, 3-8 in KCAC play, in his sole season as Bethel coach.
Felix came to Bethel from Denver, where he served as general manager for the Colorado Rush Soccer Club. He also served as assistant women’s soccer coach at MidAmerica Nazarene and was director of operations for the University of Kansas women’s soccer program.
"I am proud to have been a part of Bethel College soccer … and I wish you continued success,” Felix said.
"Mario has decided to move back home to California to be closer to family," Hoops said. "I'd like to thank him for his commitment to Bethel this past year."
Felix’s resignation came just as the program announced the signing of 13 new players.
"We are working on securing replacements for both of these positions immediately," said Hoops, "to help secure and sustain the quality recruiting classes that are coming for both programs."
Both the men’s and women’s soccer teams are to open the season Aug. 26 at Saint Gregory’s in Shawnee, Okla.