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.
MSOC Virginia Tech (Ex) 1 Johnson City, Tenn.
Aug 22 ETSU 2
WSOC ETSU 3 Radford, Va.
Aug 24 Radford 1
VB ETSU 0 Blacksburg, Va.
Aug 28 Virginia Tech 3
WSOC Tennessee Tech 0 Johnson City, Tenn.
Aug 28 ETSU 1
MSOC ETSU 1 Clemson, SC
Aug 28 Clemson University 3
VB ETSU 0 Radford, Va.
Aug 29 Washington St. 3
VB ETSU 3 Radford, Va.
Aug 29 LIU Brooklyn 1
WSOC NC State 2 Johnson City, Tenn.
Aug 30 ETSU 0
MSOC High Point University Johnson City, Tenn.
Sep 1, 7:00 p.m. ETSU
WSOC Eastern Kentucky Johnson City, Tenn.
Sep 2, 7:00 p.m. ETSU
FB Kennesaw State Home
Sep 3, 7:30 p.m. ETSU
VB ETSU Troy, Ala.
Sep 4, 4:00 p.m. Alabama St.
VB ETSU Troy, Ala.
Sep 5, 10:30 a.m. CSU Bakersfield
VB ETSU Troy, Ala.
Sep 5, 3:30 p.m. Troy
MSOC ETSU Radford, VA
Sep 5, 7:00 p.m. Radford University
WSOC Navy Johnson City, Tenn.
Sep 6, 1:00 p.m. ETSU
MSOC ETSU Boone, NC
Sep 9, 7:00 p.m. Appalachian State University
FB Maryville College Home
Sep 10, 7:30 p.m. ETSU