|Phone Number:||(203) 582-5320|
|Previous College:||CCSU '10|
Steve Belanger enters his sixth year with the Bobcats women’s program as an assistant coach for the 2015-16 season. Belanger brings five years of coaching experience and has a Connecticut State Coaching Certification.
Belanger primary serves as the assistant to the Indoor and Outdoor track teams but also assists with the women’s cross country team in the fall.
The 2014-15 season was a banner year for the Bobcats as Belanger's focus with the team's sprinters reached heights unapproached in program history. At the 2015 MAAC Indoor Track & Field Championships, Shameal Samuels swept all three sprint events (100m, 200m, 400m) on her way to earning the MAAC Most Outstanding Women's Track Performer, the first Bobcat to ever take home the MAAC's highest individual honor. Samuels went on to break a 27-year-old meet record on her way to capturing her second straight New England 400m Championship. In the outdoor season, Belanger guided Samuels to the NCAA East Regionals in Jacksonville, Fla. where she became the first sprinter and just the second Bobcat in program history to compete at an NCAA Regional event.
In his first year as the Bobcats sprints and jumps coach Belanger guided the sprinters to breaking 11 school records between the Indoor and Outdoor seasons. The Bobcats took a huge leap forward in 2012-13 as they recorded an astonishing 47 record-breaking events between the indoor and outdoor track seasons. That progression continued into 2013-14 as the Bobcats finished with their first ever New England Individual and Relay Championships as well as the first MAAC Champion in program history.
Prior to coming to Quinnipiac, Belanger was the head coach for the indoor track and field team at Newington High School. While at Newington, he worked with over 100 athletes and developing several conference champions and two all-state jumpers. Before starting his coaching career Belanger competed for Central Connecticut State University where he earned All New England honors in 2008.
In addition to 10 years of track experience, Belanger also worked as a volunteer firefighter between 2008 and 2010 for the town of Newington, Conn. and is a State Certified Firefighter.
Belanger received a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology with a specialization in Environmental and Occupational Safety in December of 2010 from Central Connecticut State University.
Belanger currently resides in Meriden, Conn.