DECATUR, Ga. – The Agnes Scott College Department of Athletics and Interim Athletic Director Beth Vansant announced today that veteran coach Clinton Bell will take the reins of the Scottie cross country program, as the Scotties prepare for their first season in the USA South Athletic Conference in the fall of 2016. Coach Bell will lead the Scotties in their final season as a member of the Great South Athletic Conference, and brings many years of experience as a collegiate coach and runner.
"I am very excited for the opportunity to coach at Agnes Scott College," commented Coach Bell, "and I want to thank Beth Vansant and the Agnes Scott community for giving me the honor to contribute to its growing success."
Bell, who joins the Scottie program after two years at the helm of Valdosta State University, has also had over a decade of experience at two different Big East programs, having coached at Seton Hall and The University of Pittsburgh prior to his stint at Valdosta State.
"We are elated to have Coach Bell join the Scottie family," commented Vansant, "We trust his proven recruiting experience will be a tremendous asset to the athletic department as well as the College."
Bell's experience in running goes back over twenty years, as he competed for Seton Hall as a distance runner, including being a member of the Seton Hall medley relay team which set an American record in 1994. He was also named as an All-American during his time with the Pirates.
"We are thrilled that someone with Coach Bell's experience will move us forward as our department continues to grow," continued Vansant. "I look forward to great success with Coach Bell at the helm of this growing Cross Country program."
Bell had exceptional success at both Seton Hall and Pittsburgh, as he recruited three high school national champions, two junior college national champions, 17 high school All-Americans and 26 state champions. At Valdosta State, he made an immediate impact, as he had four runners named to the All-Conference team in his first season.
"I believe he will develop the Cross Country team and take them to the next level as we look forward to competing in the USA South Athletic Conference in 2016," concluded Vansant.