It was a case of wedding bells in more ways than one at the weekend when a high school boys’ varsity soccer coach married his sweetheart.
You might remember when we exclusively reported last October on Silver Creek’s Colin Bell proposing to his girlfriend, Morgan Young, during the halftime break of the Dragons’ sectional win against Rock Creek Academy.
With his side up by four goals, New Albany graduate Bell made his way over to the bleachers at Providence with his players, each one carrying a rose. There sat Young, herself a Pioneer graduate, who had been asked to bring a “forgotten” polo top of Colin’s to the game.
“The first guy put the vase down in front of her and the rest set their roses in the vase,” recalled Bell at the time. “I can remember seeing her in complete shock. … I had this whole thing prepared, comparing soccer to love, but I froze up. All I said was, ‘I love you with all my heart. Will you marry me?’”
Young, a labor and delivery nurse at University of Louisville Hospital, said at the time, “Colin completely caught me off-guard. I thought the roses were for all the guys’ parents.”
It was a story that received quite a response. Following our Kick It feature, the proposal tale went international.
“I know some of my friends couldn’t believe that our story made Yahoo,” said Bell this week. “I had to show them the actual webpage so that they would believe me. Everyone has been real supportive and excited for both of us.”
On Saturday afternoon, the pair tied the knot at St Joseph Hill Church in Sellersburg.
Ahead of the wedding day, Bell said he was more excited than nervous.
“I tell (people) I have my one special person for myself and what’s there to be nervous about,” he said.
Unfortunately, Bell had to miss Silver Creek’s home game against South Ripley the morning of the wedding, but he will be around for the entire season as he and Morgan will wait until early next year to go on honeymoon.
“We figured when it is cold and snow is on the ground here, we could go and find some tropical weather somewhere else,” he said.
To matters on the field, Bell said he is feeling confident about the season ahead, one that kicked off last Thursday with a very encouraging 1-0 win over defending Class A sectional champion Christian Academy of Indiana.
He is assisted by Eric Stackhouse, a former teammate at Southern Indiana United and high school rival who went to Providence.
Bell said that he and Stackhouse are very encouraged by the progress they are seeing.
“We are returning eight starters from last year and we have 10 boys that are new to the Silver Creek soccer program,” he said.
“This shows that more boys are becoming interested in soccer and that our program is growing.”
Returning players to look out for are juniors Caleb Scarbrough and Noah Spencer.
“Caleb plays in our center midfield and excels both offensively and defensively,” he said. “Noah plays in one of our forward positions and has the ability to produce a lot of goals for us this season.”
One newcomer he is excited have is senior Trevor Spence.
“He’s what I call our ‘utility man’ in that he can play anywhere on the field and has a motor that does not stop,” said the Dragons’ coach.
Bell’s first game in charge as a married man will take place away to Mitchell HS this Thursday, followed by a home tie against Henryville on August 28.