Former Gonzaga goalie Gary Bell Jr. promoted to basketball administration coordinator with the Bulldogs

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In some ways, the trajectory of Gary Bell Jr.’s tenure with Gonzaga’s coaching staff mirrored his time as a player with the Bulldogs.

In the same way that Bell’s responsibilities and impact on the pitch have increased during his junior season, the former GU goalkeeper will have an expanded role with Mark Few’s coaching staff in his third year. since returning to Spokane in 2019 to relaunch his post-player career. .

After spending two seasons as a graduate assistant under Mark Few, the Tacoma native who played four years for the Bulldogs in 2011-15 will move to a new role with the basketball program in 2021-22. Bell will serve as the Bulldogs’ basketball administration coordinator, according to an updated coaching staff list released by the school two weeks ago.

Bell replaces TJ Benson, who served as GU’s basketball administration coordinator for a season before joining former Bulldogs assistant Tommy Lloyd in Arizona, where he is now special assistant to the head coach and coordinator. recruitment.

After playing professional basketball in Poland, France and Greece, Bell returned to the United States to be closer to his wife and children. The Bulldogs, looking for a graduate assistant, called Bell, who was looking for a high school coach in the Phoenix area, where his family lived at the time.

“When I was here before, Tommy thought I would be a good coach someday,” Bell told The Spokesman-Review in 2019. “To get him to call and ask me to do it, he sort of has it. sort seen from the jump. “

As a player, Bell was a 3-point shooter and lockdown defenseman for the Bulldogs, appearing in 135 games while starting in 124. He is eighth in program history with 219 3 points and in the top 30 on the list of career markers with 1219 career points. Bell was a career 41% 3-point shooter and was the 2015 WCC Defensive Player of the Year while helping the Zags reach Elite Eight.


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