Dee Bell has been named assistant coach with the Tennessee Tech women's basketball team. Bell comes to Tech after serving the past three years as head women’s basketball coach at Martin Methodist College, and has also been head coach at Maryville College and Reinhardt College.
A native of San Antonio, Texas, Bell graduated from Dawson
Springs (Ky.) High School in 1993 and is a 1997 graduate of
Maryville College. Bell was a four-year starter for the Scots,
garnering numerous honors including 1,000 career points and
first-team All-South Region as a senior. He ranked in the Top 10
nationally in field goal percentage.
Bell, 34, has compiled an impressive list of success as a coach, beginning in 2001 at his alma mater. He led the Lady Scots to five straight conference titles and built a 107-37 record, leading the squad to the NCAA Division III National Tournament five times. He was chosen the Great South Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2005.
After a brief stint at Reinhardt College, Bell joined the Martin Methodist staff in 2007. He led the team to a 16 wins in his first season at the helm and took the Redhawks to back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in school history including a school record 19-12 mark last winter.
Bell will assist in coaching Tech’s post players, and will also coordinate Tech’s scheduling.
“Tennessee Tech has a long tradition of outstanding women’s basketball, and that was one of the things that was most appealing to me about this position, and I hope to be able to help in adding to that tradition,” Bell said. “I was convinced from coach Messer’s energy and enthusiasm that we can get things going in the right direction and be competing for a conference championship very quickly.”
In addition to his collegiate head coaching positions, Bell has worked at numerous college and high school basketball camps, including Hoops Stars at Eastern Kentucky, the Kyle Macy Camp and the University of Tennessee Camp. His coaching experiences also include several years on the AAU level. Most recently he was head coach of the Tennessee Tigers in 2008 and the Tennessee Flight in 2009. In 2004, he was chosen head coach of the USA National Team, leading the team to a Gold Medal in Barbados.