SAN ANTONIO (Feb. 20, 2017) – CoachStat.net announced recently the selection of the Top Small College Assistant Coaches in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Receiving recognition as the fifth best assistant coach in the NAIA was Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) men's basketball Assistant Coach William Bell.
Head Coach Ryan Wall commented, "He has been here with me since the beginning when I was hired. I kept him on staff when there was a change. I knew I saw something in him. He is very loyal to me. He does a great job with this program on and off the floor. He is a man of God and I like to try to surround myself with men like this. He does everything I ask him to do, and he also does the things needed without me having to ask him. He works hard and is one of many reasons why this program is good."
At OLLU, Bell has coached eight NAIA All-Americans, 23 All-Conference recipients, and NBA Development League, ABA and other international professional league student-athletes. In addition, Bell has guided 43 scholar athletes. The Saints coaching staff and the team have captured three Red River Athletic Conference Championships, plus two NAIA National Championship Sweet 16 and one Elite 8 appearances.
Bell joined the Saints coaching staff in 2010, one year after the team began competing in the NAIA. During his time at OLLU, the Saints continually ranks at the top in scoring, steals, assists, forced turnovers and offensive rebounds. The Saints are perennially listed in the NAIA Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll.
Bell has also assisted Saints student-athletes become leaders in scoring, assists and steals in the NAIA and in the Red River Athletic Conference.
CoachStat.net is a comprehensive ranking of men's college basketball coaches in a variety of categories throughout the basketball season. The site utilizes analytical data, as well as a voting panel consisting of national college basketball media, scouts, former/retired coaches and other individuals whith a pulse on the profession and the coaches who serve it.
These assistants have a huge impact on their programs while demonstrating success in athletics development, coaching, professional and ethical conduct, academic development, recruiting, practice/game planning, management and more. For NAIA consideration, equal emphasis was placed on character driven athletics.
The complete list of the Top 25 assistant coaches included in the Top Small College Assistant Coaches of the NAIA is as follows:
- Julious Coleman – Biola
- Ethan Faulkner – Cumberlands
- Trey Hendon – Langston
- Denver Cobb – Rocky Mountain
- William Bell – OLLU
- Mac McConnell – Wiley
- James Hays - WIlliam Woods
- Matt Garnett – Texas Wesleyan
- Rodney Clarke – Cumberlands
- Demetrius Moore – Stillman
- Brandon Dunn – Graceland
- Adam Hepker – Grand View
- Jonathan Stanley – Bethel
- Landon Hughey – Wayland Baptist
- Jay Smith – LSU-Alexandria
- James Jackson – Georgetown
- Tomas Brock – Columbia
- Kevin Smith – Great Falls
- Drew Wilson – Faulkner
- Robbie Harman – Oklahoma City
- Brad Davis – Vanguard
- Scott Day – Arizona Christian
- Chris Starks – Lindsey Wilson
- Rob Goodrow – Westmont
- Rick McCormick – Southwest Christian