Ryan Wall joined the OLLU men's basketball team as assistant coach in July 2012. He came to OLLU from Ranger College, where he was the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. Under head coach, Larry Brown, Ranger College won the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference last season – the first time in more than 40 years.
Prior to Ranger, Wall was the graduate assistant for the University of South Alabama men's basketball team. Wall has also coached at basketball camps at his alma mater, Coppell High School, as well as at the University of New Mexico and Kansas University and at the Rolando Blackmon Camp and the Basketball Smiles Bahamas Camp.
In high school, Wall played on the Coppell varsity team for four years -- the team lost just one district game in those four years. He received the following honors: District 6-5A All-State Basketball (two years), District 6-5A All District Basketball (four years), District 6-5A All District MVP (three years), District 6-5A Basketball Champions (four years) and McDonalds Pre-Season All American Basketball (2003). Wall spent two years at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where he played on the Mountain West Conference Championship Team. The team lost to Villanova in the first round of the NCAA tournament during his sophomore year.
Wall received a bachelor's degree in communications and a master's degree in education administration from Texas Christian University. While at TCU, Wall was a standout point guard on the Horned Frogs squad. He led the team in steals and in free throw percentage. He also excelled in academics and was named to the All-Mountain West Conference Academics Team.
Wall is a native of Fort Worth, Texas. He is the son of legendary coach Jim Wall, who was assistant coach for Texas Tech University, West Texas University and Sam Houston State University. He is currently the head coach of women's basketball at North Forney High School.
William Eric Bell joined the staff of Our Lady of the Lake University's men's basketball team in 2010 as graduate assistant while pursuing a Bachelor of Science in New Media Arts at OLLU. He has an Associate of Applied Sciences in Computer Animation from the Art Institute of Houston.
His previous coaching experience includes three years as head coach at the AMBLP-Austin Chapter; one year as head coach for semi-pro SBL/XBL's R.R. Roughriders/Austin Cyclones; three years as athletic director and head coach for Shoreline Christian Center (boy's basketball and football); two years as vice president and head coach of junior high and high school boys, AAU CTX Heat; one year as an assistant with Summit Christian Academy; and three years as assistant coach with Huston-Tillotson University. His overall coaching record is 273-128.
Bell's teams have won three championships -- AMBLP; two junior high and one second place championships -- SCC; four tournament championships -- AAU CTX; and district champions -- SCA.
Bell attended L.B. Johnson Elementary School, three miles from OLLU. He played on the varsity basketball team of McCallum High School in Austin, Texas, and he played one year in college.
Bell now lives in Hutto, Texas. He and his wife Kimberley are parents to 20-year-old Kourtney, 18-year-old Gary, 9-year-old Kimani and 5-year-old Jacob.
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