Anthony Torres // Bruin Alumni ’16
Men’s Soccer Assistant Coach
Head coach David Costa has promoted former Bruin defender Anthony Torres to assistant coach of the Belmont University men’s soccer program as announced by the athletics department May 2nd. Torres has spent the last six seasons as a volunteer assistant coach for the Bruins where he served as director of player development from 2019-21.
“Anthony has played a significant role in the program as a player, active alumnus and staff member for many years,” said coach Costa. “We are excited to promote him as assistant coach. His work rate, character, and passion for Belmont will serve our student-athletes as we pursue championships.”
A 2016 graduate of Belmont, Torres immediately returned to the pitch at E.S. Rose Park to begin his coaching career from behind the touchline. Over the past six years Torres has been instrumental in the Bruins’ player development and he has played an integral role in Belmont’s recent success.
Since assisting the program as a coach, Torres has been a part of 37 match wins, including 25 victories over the last three seasons following coach Costa’s arrival in the Music City. Twelve different players under the mentorship of Torres have earned All-Southern Conference honors, including first-team honoree Niccolo Dagnoni. Additionally, Torres worked with 2017 Horizon League Freshman of the Year Matteo Bennati and three different Bruins garnered United Soccer Coaches All-Region accolades this past fall.
With Torres’ help, Belmont has reached back-to-back SoCon Championship title matches and earned notable results against nationally-ranked opponents such as Furman, Lipscomb and UNC Greensboro twice. The Bruins are currently on a program-best 10-match home win streak and have gone 18-7-3 at Rose Park since the start of the 2018 season.
Outside of his dedication to Belmont, Torres has been a staple as a youth soccer coach in the Nashville metropolitan area. Coaching U11/U12 teams all the way up to U19 teams, Torres has served as head coach of various Aris FC, Nashville United Soccer Academy and Nashville FC Youth travel teams. Since August of 2019, Torres has coached at Tennessee Soccer Club in Franklin, Tennessee, where he has led the U12-U19B squads and coached the U16-17 girls Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) team and the U15 boys ECNL team.
Torres also worked as a personal trainer at Chadwick’s Fitness and Performance Training in Franklin for over five years and completed a strength and conditioning internship at Belmont as a senior where he worked with the men’s and women’s soccer, men’s tennis and baseball programs.
A 2015 All-Horizon League Second Team selection, Torres was a captain as a senior and a leader both on and off the pitch. Providing a calming and veteran presence for a young Belmont backline, Torres put together gritty performances against Georgia State and Milwaukee en route to Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week honors in his final campaign as a player. The four-year Bruin letter winner started 53 matches and made 63 appearances. He logged 1,731 minutes in 2015 for the second-most on the team and helped lead Belmont to a 2-1 win at the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Virginia Tech.
After graduating with his bachelor’s degree in exercise science with a concentration in strength and conditioning and a minor in nutrition, Torres played for Nashville FC of the National Premier Soccer League in the summer of 2016.
Working towards a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) ‘C’ License, which he will attain in August, Torres holds a U.S. Soccer ‘D’ License.
A native of Batavia, Illinois, Torres lives in Nashville.