Head coach Tim Bellew, the 2013 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Coach of the Year, is the second winningest coach in Bemidji State baseball history and has amassed a 218-448-1 overall record and 144-280 mark in the NSIC as the skipper of the Beavers. Entering his 15th season as head coach in 2020, Bellew took over the BSU baseball program in the fall of 2005.
Under Bellew, 19 student-athletes have been named to the NSIC All-Conference Team, including eight first team honorees. Four student-athletes have gone on to earn an all-region team nods, while catcher Zach Braun was Bellew’s first All-American in 2012 and Logan Kalis was named All-American in 2013 in the pitcher/utility category.
BSU has also found success in the classroom under the direction of Bellew, as 86 student-athletes have been named Academic All-NSIC. Highlighting that group is Josh Silvernagel, who earned the NSIC Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction Award and went on to become ESPN The Magazine College Division Academic Third-Team All-District V in 2010. In 2013, Lewis Baumann earned Capital One All-Academic All-District 7 College Division First-Team, en route to being the first BSU baseball player to earn Capital One Academic All-America Division II honors (second team). Nate Heisick, Ryan Rumpca and Jack Stigman also earned academic honors with the NSIC Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction Award.
The Beavers finished with their most wins in three seasons after going 19-31 overall and 16-22 in NSIC play during the 2017 season. BSU made a final push to reach the NSIC postseason tournament, needing four wins in the final week of action. Bemidji State traveled to and swept No. 25 St. Cloud State but came two wins shy of the postseason tournament. Three Beavers were named to the All-NSIC team for the first time since 2013, which including junior Scott Litchy (First Team), sophomore Gunner Olszewski (First Team) and senior Collin Eckman (Second Team).
The 2013 season was a benchmark year for not only the Bellew-era, but for Beaver program history. The squad finished the season 25-22 to tie for the second most wins in program history, while finishing above the .500 mark was the first since 2002 and the 11th in program history. BSU finished 13-13 in conference play to earn the No. 8 seed in the NSIC Tournament to return to the postseason for the first time since 2008. The Beavers made the most of their opportunity and made a run to the tournament championship game, where it fell to Minnesota State University, Mankato, a team that went onto its second consecutive NCAA Division II College World Series appearance.
In addition to Bellew earning the nod for NSIC Coach of the Year in 2013, five student-athletes were recognized as all-conference team members, which included seniors Lewis Baumann and Logan Kalis as All-NSIC First Team honorees. Kalis and Zach Braun were named all-region, while Kalis went on to be named Daktronics NCAA Division II Baseball All-America Third Team. At the conclusion of the season, the Beavers led the NSIC and finished 24th nationally in batting average (.323) and were second in the league and fifth in the nation in fielding percentage (.973). BSU also finished in the top 10 nationally in strikeout-to-walk ratio (3rd, 3.19), walks allowed per nine innings (6th, 2.43) and doubles per game (9th, 2.3).
In 2012, Bellew’s climbing success guided the Beavers to a 23-27 overall and a 16-20 NSIC record to finish eighth in the league standings. The 23 victories tied for third in program history for wins in a season. At the conclusion of the campaign, three players were named All-NSIC, including two First Team All-NSIC members, – the first time under Bellew two players were named first team – in Braun and Logan Kalis. Both players went on to become the first players under Bellew to earn all-region laurels, while Braun was selected as an All-American from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (second team) and Daktronics (second team). The 20-win season was just the sixth in 61 years of baseball at Bemidji State.
BSU went 17-36 overall and 8-22 in NSIC in 2009, then followed that season with a 16-37 overall and 7-25 NSIC record in 2010. The BSU skipper then tallied 18 wins in 2011 to record its fourth consecutive season with 16 or more wins in a season. The Beavers went 18-29 overall and 12-21 in NSIC play.
In 2008 Bellew led his Beaver squad to the best season in six years. The Beavers finished the season with a 16-25-1 record overall and a 13-13 mark in the NSIC. BSU’s 16 wins and 13 conference victories were the most since the 2002 season when the Beavers were 19-11 overall and 13-3 in conference play. The skipper of the Beavers also propelled them into the NSIC Tournament for the first time since the 2002 when they picked up just their fourth tournament win. The inaugural NSIC Tournament was at the conclusion of the 1996 season.
During his time at Bemidji State Bellew has also become an active member of the Bemidji Youth Baseball organization. He has also put on baseball camps and clinics for the youth. The director of facility maintenance at the field, Bellew played a large role in the renovation process of the BSU Baseball Field in the fall of 2007.
Bellew joined the Bemidji State coaching staff after orchestrating the most-successful baseball era in the history of Kansas Wesleyan University. He took the reigns in 1995 after two years as an assistant coach and his hire began to pay dividends almost immediately. He earned Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors in 1996 and in 1997 he led KWU to a National Small-College Athletics Association National Championship and was named NSCAA National Coach of the Year.
KWU repeated as NSCAA National Champions in 1999 and Bellew was again named NSCAA National Coach of the Year. He qualified KWU for a berth in the NAIA Region IV tournament and in 2001 he directed KWU to its first KCAC championship in 27 years. In 10 seasons at KWU, Bellew coached 38 First-Team All-KCAC honorees, seven NAIA All-Americans and 11 NSCAA All-Americans. He also had one player drafted and two signed as free agent acquisitions. KWU recorded 20 or more wins seven times during Bellew’s stint.
Bellew, an Arizona native, began his collegiate playing career at Central Arizona Junior College in 1980. He played second base and shortstop for the Vaqueros until 1982. He transferred to Kansas Wesleyan in 1985, where he earned the President’s Leadership Award in 1986. In 1987, Bellew was named Second-Team All KCAC as middle infielder and helped lead KWU to an NAIA playoff berth.
Bellew graduated from Kansas Wesleyan with a bachelor of arts degree in health in 1987, and received a master of business administration degree from KWU in June of 2002.
Along with his duties as head baseball coach, Bellew is head of games management at BSU.
Bellew currently resides in Bemidji with his wife Pam, his son Mason, who is a former member of the BSU baseball team, and his daughter Claudia.
|Tim Bellew Collegiate Coaching Record|
|1993-94||Kansas Wesleyan||Ass't Coach|
|1995||Kansas Wesleyan||Head Coach||14-24 (7-11 KCAC)|
|1996||Kansas Wesleyan||Head Coach||20-20 (11-9 KCAC)|
|1997||Kansas Wesleyan||Head Coach||27-19 (12-8 KCAC)|
|1998||Kansas Wesleyan||Head Coach||11-26 (7-11 KCAC)|
|1999||Kansas Wesleyan||Head Coach||27-18 (10-10 KCAC)|
|2000||Kansas Wesleyan||Head Coach||28-19 (14-6 KCAC)|
|2001||Kansas Wesleyan||Head Coach||29-15 (21-3 KCAC)|
|2002||Kansas Wesleyan||Head Coach||26-22 (16-8 KCAC)|
|2003||Kansas Wesleyan||Head Coach||9-31 (3-21 KCAC)|
|2004||Kansas Wesleyan||Head Coach||22-28 (8-16 KCAC)|
|2005||Kansas Wesleyan||Head Coach||14-36 (7-17 KCAC)|
|2006||Bemidji State||Head Coach||10-35 (3-15 NSIC)|
|2007||Bemidji State||Head Coach||9-41 (7-22 NSIC)|
|2008||Bemidji State||Head Coach||16-25-1 (13-13 NSIC)|
|2009||Bemidji State||Head Coach||17-36 (8-22 NSIC)|
|2010||Bemidji State||Head Coach||16-37 (7-25 NSIC)|
|2011||Bemidji State||Head Coach||18-29 (12-21 NSIC)|
|2012||Bemidji State||Head Coach||23-27 (16-20 NSIC)|
|2013||Bemidji State||Head Coach||25-22 (13-13 NSIC)|
|2014||Bemidji State||Head Coach||21-22 (15-15 NSIC)|
|2015||Bemidji State||Head Coach||14-33 (11-21 NSIC)|
|2016||Bemidji State||Head Coach||14-36 (11-23 NSIC)|
|2017||Bemidji State||Head Coach||19-31 (16-22 NSIC)|
|2018||Bemidji State||Head Coach||8-36 (6-22 NSIC)|
|2019||Bemidji State||Head Coach||8-38 (6-26 NSIC)|
Some information courtesy of:
Kansas Wesleyan University Sports Information
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Sports Information
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics