Former Florida quarterback Kerwin Bell has made a variety of pitstops throughout his soccer profession. He’s ventured from walk-on, to starter, skilled soccer participant, graduate assistant to a school head coach.
Bell was just lately tabbed April 27 as the brand new soccer coach for Western Carolina College. He sat down with The Athletic’s G. Allan Taylor to replicate on his profession in soccer up to now.
He initially walked on to the Gators 1983 and have become the eight-string quarterback. The subsequent yr he labored his method as much as a backup the place he finally received thrust right into a beginning position after Dale Dorminey suffered an ACL harm. He led Florida to its first SEC Championship in 1984.
Bell moved on to play a number of seasons as an expert quarterback in a number of leagues just like the NFL, CFL and the World Soccer League. He then endured his personal ACL harm in a pickup basketball the place he developed an curiosity in teaching after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers minimize him.
Steve Spurrier added Bell to his employees as a graduate assistant in 1990.
“Studying underneath him was the rationale I needed to grow to be a coach,” Bell mentioned, in response to The Athletic. “I went by highschool and went by faculty and by no means thought one time about being a coach. However seeing the precision of the routes and the spacing that Spurrier taught, that was nearly perfection on the sphere. The best way we coach it with quarterbacks and receivers now so far as spacing, timing and rhythm, a variety of that comes from Steve Spurrier.”
Bell labored his method up the ladder as a coach at the highschool, FCS, NCAA Division II and FBS soccer stage for one yr at USF.
He has additionally nearly joined the teaching employees of his alma mater twice. Former Florida head coach Will Muschamp thought of Bell as a alternative for his former offensive coordinator Charlie Weis. He was handed over for Brent Pease.
“I used to be actual enthusiastic about having the chance as a result of Will is a superb coach with what he brings to the desk defensively,” he mentioned. “He needed to interview and I believe he was recruiting when he flew into Jacksonville to fulfill me. It was a protracted interview, in all probability three hours, and I felt superb about what was offered. We did some board work and talked philosophically about what I needed to do as an OC, actually stepping into the playbook and seeing precisely what we do to assault individuals.”
Present Gators coach Dan Mullen and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham mentioned the potential of hiring Bell as a senior analyst. The place by no means materialized.
After a yr off from teaching, Bell returns to guide the Catamounts who haven’t earned a playoff berth in since 1983. They’ve additionally gone 7-25 the previous three years. He shared what he thinks it’ll take to show WCU right into a winner.
“We’ll construct this factor the fitting method, and I believe everyone might be happy with what we do,” Bell mentioned. “I do know we will construct a program that’s strong for the following few years. You’ve gotta construct a championship program in your constructing first earlier than you are worried about profitable championships on the sphere. I’ve little doubt we’re going to win championships. I understand how to do it and we’ll do it once more.”