Local community, ETSU family remember John Robert Bell

Saturday, January 03, 2009

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 3, 2009) -- The local community and the ETSU family were in mourning on Saturday, as the life of former ETSU football coach and athletic director John Robert Bell was remembered during a memorial service at Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church.

 

In particular, the Buccaneer athletic program lost one of its greats.

 

"John Robert Bell stood for what is great about college athletics," said ETSU Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Dave Mullins. "What we do everyday is develop student-athletes both on the field of play, in the classroom and in life. Coach Bell understood that better than most."

 

Bell, who passed away on Christmas day following a long illness, served as head football coach and AD at ETSU from 1966 to 1973. He led the Bucs to the only undefeated record in school history in 1969, as that team went 10-0-1, capturing the OVC Championship, and later winning the NCAA Mid-East regional crown with a 34-14 win over the Terry Bradshaw-led Louisiana Tech team in the Grantland Rice Bowl.

 

Bell's 1969 and 1970 teams combined for a 17-1-3 record, the best two year mark ever by an ETSU team. For his efforts, Coach Bell was inducted into the ETSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1986.

Follow ETSU Athletics on Twitter Twitter and become a fan on Facebook Facebook.
MBB UNC Greensboro 80 F
Dec 13 ETSU 79
WBB Eastern Kentucky University 49 Final
Dec 13 ETSU 64
WBB ETSU 86 Final
Dec 15 Morehead State University 77
MBB ETSU 63 F
Dec 16 Eastern Kentucky 60
WBB ETSU 48 Final
Dec 19 University of North Carolina Wilmington 61
WBB ETSU 56 Final
Dec 20 Jacksonville State University 57
MBB ETSU Richmond, Va.
Dec 22, 7:00 p.m. VCU
WBB Iona College Johnson City, Tenn.
Dec 29, 7:00 p.m. ETSU
MBB ETSU Knoxville, Tenn.
Dec 31, 1:00 p.m. Tennessee
WBB ETSU Chapel Hill, N.C.
Jan 2, 2:00 p.m. University of North Carolina
MBB VMI Freedom Hall
Jan 2, 7:00 p.m. ETSU
MBB ETSU Birmingham, Ala.
Jan 5, 8:00 p.m. Samford
MBB Mercer Freedom Hall
Jan 8, 7:00 p.m. ETSU
WBB ETSU Greenville, S.C.
Jan 10, 2:00 p.m. Furman University
MBB Chattanooga Freedom Hall
Jan 10, 4:00 p.m. ETSU
WBB ETSU Spartanburg, S.C.
Jan 12, 11:30 a.m. Wofford College