Men's Basketball - Head Coach
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Marty Bell continued to make strides as Quincy University’s head men’s
basketball coach last winter.
In his second year on the job, Bell coached the Hawks to an 18-11 overall
record and a 14-6 mark in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Quincy enjoyed
its most success since the 1996-97 season, tying for third place in the GLVC
and qualifying for a berth in the NCAA Division II Tournament.
That success and the exposure gained from performing on a national stage has
everyone, including Bell, excited for the 2006-06 season.
The 42-year-old Bell spent his entire career around basketball preparing for
the opportunity to be a head college basketball coach. That chance finally
came on April 10, 2003, when he was chosen to be the 14th head coach in the
history of the Hawks’ storied program.
Many of Bell’s lessons were learned from his mentor and close friend, Kurt
Kanaskie. He was Bell’s boss at Lock Haven University, Indiana (Pa.) and
Bell moved with Kanaskie, currently an assistant coach at Penn State
University, to Drake in Des Moines, Iowa, in the summer of 1996. Bell served
as an assistant coach until he was promoted to associate head coach prior to
the 1999-2000 season.
Before leaving Drake, Bell was the senior assistant on the coaching staff in
terms of coaching experience and tenure. Besides his on-floor coaching
duties and practice organization, Bell assisted in recruiting and was in
charge of team transportation and travel arrangements, opponent scouting and
gameplan preparation, all aspects of Drake’s basketball camps and coaching
clinics and even Kanaskie’s weekly television program.
Bell believes his past experiences prepared him well for the Quincy job.
“I was very attracted to this opportunity,” Bell said. “When I saw the
situation here at Quincy University, it had a certain appeal. The program
has great potential and the basketball community is outstanding. This is
definitely a town of basketball people and that makes this job attractive.”
Bell has also been grateful for the support he has received from the
university and administration.
“We have a great commitment to the program from the university in the form
of scholarships and facilities, coupled with community support and a solid
nucleus of returning players in the program,” Bell said. “Quincy University
embodies a lot of what I’ve experienced in my background, from NCAA Division
II success to a small private Midwestern institution in Drake.”
Bell is a native of Williamsport, Pa., home of the Little League World
Series. He was a 1981 graduate of Loyalsock High School, where he was a
two-year letterwinner in basketball and golf. After high school, he left
home for the University of South Carolina where he was a student coach and
manager under legendary coach Bill Foster.
After receiving his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1985,
Bell stayed on South Carolina’s staff and was a graduate assistant during
the 1985-86 season. Bell then followed Kanaskie, who was also a South
Carolina assistant coach, to Lock Haven (Pa.) University where he was a
full-time assistant during the 1986-87 and 1987-88 seasons.
Bell then moved to Indiana (Pa.) where he was an assistant under Kanaskie
from 1988-93 before being promoted as the associate head coach in 1994-95
and 1995-96. Bell helped lead Indiana (Pa.) to NCAA Division II Tournament
appearances in 1994, 1995 and 1996, including Elite Eight appearances in
1994 and 1995.
While at Indiana (Pa.), Bell completed his master’s degree in education at
Penn State University.
Bell’s objectives at Quincy haven’t changed much since he was hired 2 ˝
“One of the things we want to establish is a winning attitude through hard
work, unselfishness and execution,” Bell said. “We need to do all three
things. We want to focus on the things we can control, which are how hard we
play, how well we play together and our execution.”