Ryan Wall enters his first year as head coach for the OLLU men's basketball team. In July 2012, he was named assistant coach, and last season, he took over as interim head coach for the Saints. In May 2014, he officially became the head coach.
The Saints finished the 2013-2014 season under Wall with an overall record of 21-11 and 14-4 in the Red River Athletic Conference. They ended their season in the semifinals round of the conference tournament. Wall led the team to the following accomplishments: First in the NAIA in scoring offense/game (100.125), 3-pointers/game (13.031), assists/game (19.781), offensive rebounds/game (17), steals/game (14.406), total 3-pointers made (417), turnover margin (9.844) and total steals (461); Second in the NAIA in total assists (633); Third in the NAIA in total scoring offense (3204); Sixth in the NAIA in assist/turnover ratio (1.292); and Eighth in the NAIA in scoring margin (13.594).
Under Wall, his player Xavier Roberson led the NAIA in total scoring (803), points/game (25.1) -- the most in Saints history, 3-pointers/game (4.750) and total 3-pointers (152). Marcus Thompson led the NAIA in steals/game (4.094) and total steals. He was third in total assists (201), fourth in assists/game (6.281) and in assist/turnover ratio (3.190). And, De'Quentin Greer ranked third in the NAIA in field goal percentage (.605).
Five of Wall's players -- Xavier Roberson, Marcus Thompson, De’Quentin Greer, Brock Hunter and Christian Wood-Dvorak -- received All-Conference honors, while two -- Roberson and Wood-Dvorak -- received All-Tournament honors. Thompson broke the NAIA record for most steals in a game with 15. He was named Conference Defensive Player of the Year, while Roberson was named Co-Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year in the Red River Conference. Five of his players received Conference Scholar awards, as well.
In addition, Roberson received NAIA All-American Second Team honors and was runner-up in the NAIA's inaugural 3-Point Contest. He also played for the winning NAIA All-Star Team.
Wall 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 in 2012 – 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. While here, he mentored future OLLU standout Roberson, who became only the second Saint to earn NAIA All-American honors. Roberson became the Saints' all-time leading scorer and was the runner-up in the NAIA's 3-Point Shooting Contest and a member of the winning inaugural all-star team.
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. Early in July 2014, Wall married Krysti Waller.
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 22-year-old Kourtney, 20-year-old Gary, 11-year-old Kimani and 7-year-old Jacob.
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