"Val is a visionary leader with an outstanding executive background who is fully committed to academic excellence and the welfare of students. He is an excellent relationship-builder who clearly understands the challenges ahead and is prepared to work with the organization’s faculty, staff and Board to take The Bancroft School to greater heights," stated Bancroft Chairman of the Board, Stephen Tober.
"The Bancroft School has established itself as a strong private school for students with autism and an academic institution with tremendous growth potential. I relish the opportunity to lead The Bancroft School into the next phase of excellence and I look forward to working with existing and new stakeholders joining me in that endeavor,” said Belmonte.
Belmonte has served as the CEO at USA Fencing, a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee. Prior to that, Belmonte was a Vice President at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn.; Executive Director of U.S. Figure Skating in Colorado Springs, also a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee; Director of Athletics at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y.; and Director of Coaching Education at USA Hockey in Colorado Springs. He has also served on several committees with NCAA conferences, the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Hockey. A distinguished college hockey coach, Belmonte is a member of the University of Illinois-Chicago Athletic Hall of Fame, Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame and a USA Hockey Walter Yaciuk Award Recipient.
Belmonte is a 1973 graduate of the University of Illinois-Chicago with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education. He also holds a Master of Education degree from the University of North Dakota. Belmonte and his wife Rita, reside in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, have two married sons and four grandchildren.
BOARDS – COMMITTEES DISTINCTIONS
- NCAA DIII Football Committee
- ECAC Hockey, President
- Liberty League Conference, President
- Ice Hockey Rules Committee, USA Hockey
- USA Hockey, Secretary, Executive Committee
- USA Hockey Foundation, Board of Directors
- USA Ultimate, Board of Directors
- International Ice Hockey Federation Committee Member
- United States Olympic Committee – Coaching Committee, Chair
- United States Olympic Committee / NCAA Grants
- University of Illinois-Chicago Athletic Hall of Fame
- Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame
- USA Hockey Walter Yacuick Award
- Central Collegiate Hockey Association Coach of the Year