Richard Bell (coach)

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Richard Bell
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1937-09-02) September 2, 1937 (age 79)
Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
Playing career
1956–1959 Arkansas
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1962–1963 VMI (AC)
1964–1967 Georgia Tech (LB)
1968–1969 West Virginia (DC)
1970–1974 Texas Tech (DC)
1975–1981 South Carolina (DC)
1982 South Carolina
1983–1987 Duke (DC)
1988 East Carolina (DC)
1989–1993 Georgia (DC/S)
1994 Navy (DC/LB)
1995–2006 Air Force (DC)
2010–present Prince Avenue Christian (DC)
Head coaching record
Overall 4–7 (.364)

Richard Bell (born September 2, 1937) is a high school and former college football head coach. Since 2010, Bell has served as the defensive coordinator at Prince Avenue Christian School in Bogart, Georgia. He previously served as head coach for the University of South Carolina Gamecocks for a single season in 1982.

After he graduated from the University of Arkansas, in 1962 Bell began his coaching career at VMI. From there he coached at Georgia Tech, West Virginia, Texas Tech and South Carolina as a defensive coach.[1] On January 9, 1982, Bell was formally introduced as the 27th head coach in the history of the South Carolina program.[2] Be had previously served for seven seasons as the Gamecocks defensive coordinator under previous head coach Jim Carlen. After a disappointing 4–7 season, Bell was fired by athletic director Bob Marcum on December 1, 1982.[3]

From South Carolina, Bell served as a defensive coach at several other schools. These schools included Duke, East Carolina, Georgia, Navy and Air Force.[1] Bell retired as a collegiate coach after the 2006 season, after 42 years as a coach.[4] After four years in retirement, Bell reentered the coaching world to serve as the defensive coordinator at Prince Avenue Christian School in Bogart, Georgia in 2010.[4]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Bowl/playoffs
South Carolina Gamecocks (NCAA Division I-A independent) (1982)
1982 South Carolina 4–7
South Carolina: 4–7
Total: 4–7


  1. ^ a b "Player bio: Richard Bell". CBS Interactive. Retrieved August 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ Gaillard, Luther (January 10, 1982). "It's official: Richard Bell new USC football coach". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. Spartanburg, South Carolina: Google News. p. A1. Retrieved August 7, 2012. 
  3. ^ "South Carolina head coach Richard Bell loses his job". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. Spartanburg, South Carolina: Google News. December 2, 1982. p. A1. Retrieved August 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Schwab, Frank (April 22, 2012). "At age 74, former AFA coordinator Richard Bell finds happiness coaching preps". The Gazette. Colorado Springs, Colorado: Retrieved August 7, 2012.