A-State names Walt Bell Assistant Head Football Coach, Offensive Coordinator
From Arkansas State University
State head football coach Blake Anderson has announced that Walt
Bell has been named offensive coordinator for the Red Wolves and will
also serve as the team's assistant head coach while overseeing the
spent the last four seasons working with Anderson on the coaching
staffs at both Southern
Miss and North Carolina, but his ties to the Red Wolves' new head coach
date back to 2004 when he played wide receiver at Middle Tennessee and
was tutored under Anderson as his position coach.
who has been a part of eight bowl games as either a coach or player,
comes to Arkansas
State after spending the last two seasons as North Carolina's tight ends
coach and recruiting coordinator. Bell was part of an offensive staff
that helped North Carolina break over 35 school records, including total
time at North Carolina saw the Tar Heels claim 15 victories, including a
39-17 win over Cincinnati
in the 2013 Belk Bowl. Bell was responsible for calling the offensive
plays in North Carolina's bowl game after Anderson had accepted the head
coaching position at Arkansas State. North Carolina posted three
offensive touchdowns and 345 yards in the contest,
including 174 rushing and 171 passing yards.
alongside Anderson, Bell helped lead North Carolina to 432.4 total
yards per game during
the 2013 regular season. Coaching the tight ends position, he was part
of a passing game that ranked 28th in the nation with an average of
277.4 yards per game. Bell also helped lead UNC to the 2012 Atlantic
Coast Conference Coastal Division title, the same
year the Tar Heels ranked 14th nationally with 485.6 yards per game.
Bell's tutelage, tight end Eric Ebron was a two-time All-ACC pick and
named First Team
All-America in 2013. Ebron recorded a game-high seven catches for 78
yards to finish the season with 973 receiving yards, the most by any
tight end in ACC history. Bell's initial season at UNC saw Ebron triple
his output over the previous year, hauling in
40 receptions for 625 yards. In addition to Ebron, teammate Jack Tabb
recorded 19 receptions for 263 and two touchdowns during Bell's tenure
as tight ends coach.
also helped the Tar Heels build a pair of strong recruiting classes.
The 2012 class ranked
among the top five in the ACC despite a lack of available scholarships,
and this year's class is currently among the top four in the conference.
went to North Carolina after coaching wide receivers at Southern Miss.
He was part of a
Southern Miss offensive staff that helped the Golden Eagles establish
school records for total offense with 6,459 yards in 2011. USM was 17th
in the nation in total offense and 14th in scoring offense as the
Golden Eagles had the best season in school history.
Miss won the Conference USA championship over previously unbeaten
Houston and then won
its school-record 12th game of the year by beating Nevada in the Hawaii
Bowl. Bell's wide receivers were a big reason for USM's success. The
top four receivers all had more than 30 receptions and accounted for 21
of the Golden Eagles' 32 receiving touchdowns.
Kelvin Bolden led the team with 58 catches for 671 yards and had seven
touchdowns. Senior Ryan Ballentine led the team in yards (742) and
touchdowns (8) on 49 catches.
becoming a full-time assistant at USM, Bell spent one season as the
team's offensive graduate
assistant in 2010 when the team played Louisville in the Beef ‘O' Brady
Bowl. With his input, the Golden Eagles set new offensive records for
production that year, including a then-school record 5,894 yards and
453.38 yards per game.
to Southern Miss, Bell spent a season as a quality control coach at
Oklahoma State. His
lone season at OSU saw the Cowboys post a 9-4 record and play in the
Cotton Bowl. Before Oklahoma State, Bell worked two years as a graduate
assistant at Memphis following his playing days at Middle Tennessee.
The Tigers played in back-to-back bowl games
during Bell's tenure at the school, including the 2008 St. Petersburg
Bowl and the 2007 New Orleans Bowl.
Dickson, Tenn., native earned both his bachelor's degree (criminal
2005) and master's degree (sports management, 2006) from Middle
Tennessee, where he was a four-year letterman at wide receiver for the
Blue Raiders. Bell also worked at Louisiana-Lafayette for one spring
following his final season at MTSU.