Thiago Pinto enters into his 5th season at the helm of the Pilots with an overall record of 52-23-6.
As a player, Pinto appeared in four NAIA National Tournaments as a midfielder for the Pilots from 2002-2005. A native of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Thiago played in the Brazilian first division for powerhouses Cruzeiro Esporte Clube and Athletico Mineiro.
Off the field, Pinto embodies all that Bethel College represents. He is passionate about providing an extraordinary experience to his student athletes and helping them grow on and off the field. Pinto believes that the game is a great platform to change lives and make the difference and has led his teams in outreaches, clinics, and events both locally and internationally. In the last few years, Coach Pinto has been involved with the game in many countries across the globe and has taken the Pilots to several international trips (Niger 2009, South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2011).
Most importantly, Pinto strives to build a championship team that glorifies God through excellence in playing, serving and celebrating. Commitment, passion, proper perspective, and honoring God with our gifts will always be the keys to success in the teams he leads.
Pinto takes pride in leading a strong program. BC Soccer has set a high standard for the teams to follow. The Pilots have been nationally ranked in 10 out of the past 12 seasons, while winning nine conference championships in those same 12 seasons.
Pinto’s Pilot Profile:
- NAIA Scholar Team in 2010 & 2012
- Conference Champions in 2009 & 2010
- Conference Tournament Champions in 2009 & 2010
- Conference Coach of the Year in 2009 & 2010
- NCCAA Regional Champions in 2012
- Highest National Ranking in Program History in 2009 (NAIA No. 8)
- Best Record in Program History in 2009 (18-1-1)
- Undefeated Regular Season in 2009 (15-0-1)
Player Accolades under Coach Pinto:
- 3 NAIA All-Americans (3 – Honorable Mention)
- 9 NCCAA All-Americans (4 - First Team, 3 - Second Team, 2 - Honorable Mention)
- 1 Co-SIDA Capital One Academic All-American (1 – First Team)
- 11 NAIA Scholar-Athletes
- 11 NCCAA Scholar-Athletes
- 2 Conference Player of the Year Awards
- 3 Conference Offensive Player of the Year Awards
- 1 Conference Defensive Player of the Year Awards
- 21 All-Conference Selections
- 12 Conference Player of the Week Awards
In addition to his role as the men’s head soccer coach, Pinto also teaching in Bethel’s Kinesiology Department and serves as a game day supervisor for other Pilot home events.
Thiago and his wife, Kristie, reside in South Bend with their daughter, Jennifer.