HARROGATE, TN - Keegan Bell has been tabbed as the new assistant men's basketball coach at Lincoln Memorial University, head coach Josh Schertz announced on Wednesday morning. Bell was selected among a strong field of candidates to fill the vacancy left by Chris Cottrell, who took on the head coaching job at Davis & Elkins College after spending the last five seasons with the Railsplitters.
Keegan Bell comes to the Railsplitters boasting a strong resume with a plethora of playing and coaching experience against high-level competition. Prior to joining the LMU coaching staff, Bell served one year as the assistant basketball coach at the University of Alabama-Huntsville, a national powerhouse in the NCAA Division II. In his only season with the Chargers, UAH compiled a 25-6 mark, reaching the finals of the 2013 NCAA Division II South Regional. Among his many duties while at Alabama-Huntsville, Bell supervised offseason conditioning, assisted with scouting and weightlifting workouts, worked on player development and played a primary role in on-campus and off-campus recruiting.
Before becoming a full-time assistant at Alabama-Huntsville, Bell worked as a gym manager at the UAH Men's Basketball Camps from 2008-2012. Bell also assisted with team camp schedules, managed the camp money and facility, and assisted player's and coach's schedules as a part of his duties.
Bell's playing career has only recently ended, as he played professionally in Iceland from September to December of 2012. While in Iceland, Bell was an assistant coach for a KR Youth Team, where he assisted with nutrition and weight development, directed practices and worked primarily with the guards.
After graduating Hazel Green High School (Hazel Green, AL), Keegan made his way to Vanderbilt University in the fall of 2007 to continue his education and his playing career. Following a one-year stay with the Commodores, Bell transferred to the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga to complete his career. With the Mocs, Bell left an indelible mark, leaving the program as the all-time leader in assists. Bell capped his career with 538 total assists, shattering the previous mark by 124. While at UTC, Bell earned a B.A. in Business with a specialization in Government and Nonoprofit Management.
"I am excited to add Keegan Bell to our coaching staff," stated LMU head men's basketball coach Josh Schertz. "He will be an excellent recruiter, a tremendous coach on the floor as well as a great skill development guy. Our players will really enjoy him, as Keegan has a lot of personality, but is still extremely tough. He will work the guys the way they deserve to be worked in order to reach their potential on the court."
Keegan Bell is set to join the Railsplitters immediately, and he comes to a program that is in the midst of a prolific rise to national prominence. Since Josh Schertz's arrival in 2008, Lincoln Memorial has accumulated a 112-38 mark with four-straight 20-win seasons. Over that span, Lincoln Memorial has captured three South Atlantic Conference titles (regular-season championships in 2010-11 and 2012-13; tournament title in 2011) with three-consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional. Heading into the 2013-14 season, the Railsplitters will look to build on a South Atlantic Conference record of 42-straight weeks ranked in the NABC/Division II Coaches Poll.