Q&A: Meet New Secondary Coach Lamar Bell

Two months ago, Greenville College hired Lamar Bell as the new defensive backs coach. Bell, 22, most recently served as a defensive intern at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC. Recently, EMAP Nation sat down with Coach Bell to learn more about the him.

Q: Where are you from?
A: I always struggle with this question because I never know where to start [laugh]. I was born and raised in New York. I lived in Brooklyn, Queens, and on Long Island where I graduated from Bay Shore High School. The past five years I have resided in North Carolina, where I attended High Point University and served as an intern at Methodist University.

Q: What interested you about Greenville College?
A: The idea that there are programs whose main focus is on winning in life rather than winning on the field quickly caught my attention. At times, many of us get so caught up in sports and fail to realize that the few who make it to the pros, end their careers at the age of 33. Then what's next? The thought of being on a staff who are seeking to positively impact lives of young men in other areas than just football, encouraged me to apply for the position.

Q: How do you like Greenville so far?
A: It love it! Greenville is much different than what I am used to (growing up as a city boy). It's a very small town but close enough to bigger cities that I can drive to if I get the craving. I have not met one faculty or staff member who I do not like. The people at Greenville College have been very welcoming. It is much easier to move 13 hours away from home when you move into a welcoming community. The best thing about being here are the football coaches. I could not ask God for a better situation! I feel blessed beyond measure to spend almost every day with these coaches and grow as a Christian football coach.

Q: Now that spring practice is complete, what are your impressions?
A: I don't want to coach against our offense [laugh]. I had to learn quickly that coaching in between plays is a very tough task because of the fast-pace offense we run. After about the fifth or sixth practice, I finally made the adjustment to the speed of our offense and learned how to coach around it [laugh]. I feel good about the guys we have coming back. Although I did see progression from the first practice to our last, we still have a lot of room for improvement. I believe the class of incoming freshmen will make this fall an exciting and highly competitive camp in the secondary. 

Q: What are some things you enjoy doing outside of football?
A: I love to play sports. I truly love running, whether it's sprinting or long-distance. I enjoy hearing God's Word, so going to church and listening to sermons excite me. Every Thursday, there is a college-age ministry at Metro Community Church in which I enjoy going to. This ministry gives me an opportunity to meet new people my age and expound on God's Word in our small groups. I am the type of guy who can spend all day in the house studying and watching movies. But can also go out with a large group and enjoy every minute of it. 

Q: What kind of music do you listen to?
A: I enjoy listening to contemporary christian, gospel, and christian rap. Some of my favorite singers/groups are Chris Tomlin, David Crowder Band, Jeremy Camp, Tye Tribbett, Deitrick Haddon, Lecrae, Trip Lee, & 116 Clique. I listen to KLOVE radio everyday in the office and at home. I also have a large collection of music in my itunes if there are songs I don't hear on the radio. For the most part, I can listen to anything that's clean and has purposeful lyrics.

Q: Do you have any special plans for the summer?
A: I will be working a couple basketball camps here at GC. Then, I plan to spend about a month in North Carolina visiting friends and family. One of my college roommates will be getting married this July so I am pretty excited about that day. As one of my best friends, I am looking forward to standing as one of his groomsmen. I plan to meet with new coaches and learn more football before I head back this way to prepare for fall camp!

Q: Are you a backpedal or shuffle-glide guy?
A: [Laughs]


Class of 2016: Part 8

Nicholas Cisneros
Hometown: Stockton, CA
High School: Robert E. McNair High School
Position: OL
Awards: 2012 Lions All-Star
1st Team All-League
Lineman of the Year (2010 & 2011)
2nd Team All-League (2010)
Major: Engineering
Coach Mingo: “Nick Cisneros is a player who I believe can make an immediate impact on our offensive line. He is a very physical player who possesses great size and power. His ability to move people at the line of scrimmage will be a great asset for us. I expect big things for Nick in his career here at GC!”

Anthony Gonzalez
Hometown: Downey, CA
High School: Downey High School
Position: WR
Awards: 1st Team All-League DB
Team’s Most Outstanding WR
Major: History/Biblical Studies
Coach Mingo: “Anthony is a dynamic player who will look to compete for playing time early in his career. He is a great open field runner and is also a very physical blocker. Anthony is a guy who possesses great character and work ethic, and I am excited to see what he will accomplish in his time here.”

Brandon “Heath” Thomas
Hometown: North Port, FL
High School: Riverview High School
Position: OL
Major: Sports/Business Management
Coach Rode: “Heath will be a great addition to the offensive line. He brings a solid work ethic, athleticism, and size to the offensive line. He has a very bright future and can accomplish some great things for us academically and athletically here at Greenville.”

Marian Brammeier

Hometown: Coulterville, IL
High School: Pinckneyville High School
Position: TE/P
Awards: 4-Year Letterman in Football
All-Conference Punter
Major: Criminal Justice
Coach Walker: “I’m so excited that Marian will be joining the Panthers. He is tough, determined and a very hard worker. These are exactly the traits we need at the Tight End position in our offense. Marian will also compete to help our special teams with his punting skills.”

Nicholas Wolosz
Hometown: Sarasota, FL
High School: Riverview High School
Position: OL
Awards: All-Area
Lettered in Baseball
Major: Undecided
Coach Rode: “Nick is an incredibly personable and social young man. He will bring a dynamic personality and a lot of power to the offensive line. He has a lot of great intangibles like competitiveness and charisma. We are very excited to watch him develop as a man, a student, and as a football player.”


Class of 2016: Part 7

Ralph Regalado
Hometown: Downey, CA
High School: Downey High School
Position: LB
Major: History/Leadership
Coach Mingo: “Ralph is another great California LB commitment for us. He showed us a lot of great fundamental techniques in his high school film and I am excited to see how great he can become at OLB for us. He is a great tackler in the open field and also is a pass rush threat coming off the edge. He fits into our biblical football philosophy well and expresses the same beliefs that we do as a program.”

Joseph Plank
Hometown: Stockton, CA
High School: Robert E. McNair
Position: K/P
Awards: 1st Team All-League Kicker (2010 & 2011)
1st Team All-League Punter
Major: Pre-Therapy
Coach Mingo: “I am real excited about Joey’s potential here at GC. He has the ability to both kick and punt for us. He possesses real good accuracy and also has very good leg strength. Joey also gets it done in the classroom. I look forward to seeing how well Joey can do during his time here.”

Jonathan Uperesa
Hometown: Modesto, CA
High School: Johansen High School
Position: LB 
Awards: 1st Team All-League RB
2nd Team All-League LB
Most Valuable Sophomore
Honorable Mention All-League LB (Sophomore)
Major: Undecided
Coach Mingo: “Jonny Uperesa is a great commitment for us. He will fit into our EMAP philosophy well and embodies the principles that our program focuses on. He is a tremendous athlete who has the ability to read what offenses are doing well and can make tackles both inside the box and out in space. I expect Jonny to grow into a leadership role during his time here at GC.”

Calvin Owens
Hometown: Centerville, IL
High School: Cahokia High School
Position: OL
Major: Graphic Design/Marketing
Coach Rode: “Calvin is a young man that has worked very hard to put himself in a position to be successful in college. He has a lot of drive and will bring a strong persevering attitude to the classroom and the field. We are very excited to name Calvin Owens as a Panther this fall.”

Walter “Scott” Boutwell
Hometown: Anniston, AL
High School: First Assembly Christian School
Position: LB
Major: Education
Coach Schomaker: “Scott will be a pleasure to have on our team. He is a physical young man, who has a knack for getting to the football. His impact will not only be limited to the field, as he has an attractive personality that will shine throughout the community. Scott is an excellent fit for our program.”


Class of 2016: Part 6

Troy Smith
Hometown: Hanford, CA
High School: Hanford High School
Position: DB
Awards: 1st Team All-Conference FS
1st Team All-County FS
Major: Kinesiology/Sports Medicine/Physical Therapy
Coach Schomaker: “Troy is a ball hawk. He had eight interceptions his senior year and when watching his film he is always around the football on both run and pass. He will make a big impact on the field for us. He is also great in the classroom posting a 3.5 GPA at Hanford. He is a great addition to our team.”

Jacob Stull
Hometown: Mount Gilead, OH
High School: Northmor Local High School
Position: RB
Awards: 2nd Team All-District
1st Team All-Conference (Football & Track)
National Honor Society
Letterman in Football (2 Years) & Track (3 Years)
Major: Undecided
Coach Mingo: “Jacob will be a great addition at running back for us. As a person, Jacob is very selfless and is a strong follower of Christ. As a player, Jacob’s style of play fits in nicely with our zone and trap schemes. He runs very physical and has the ability to break arm tackles. I am very excited to see how Jacob will thrive in this program.”

Jonathan Cook Jr.
Hometown: Veedersburg, IN
High School: Fountain Central High School
Position: OL
Awards: All-Conference (Football & Wrestling)
Bi-County (Football & Wrestling)
Academic Athlete Award
Most Improved Player
Major: Criminal Justice
Coach Rode: “We are very excited to have Jonathan as a member of the EMAP Nation. He is a great young man and will bring a great work ethic and attitude to the offensive line. We are very glad Jonathan has chosen to continue his career at Greenville College.”

Alonso Ellis
Hometown: Farmersville, CA
High School: Farmersville High School
Position: DL
Awards: 1st Team All-League
Coach’s Award
Most Improved Player
Scholar Athlete
Major: History
Coach Schomaker: “The thing I have noticed about Alonso through the recruiting process is how hard he works at everything he does, in the classroom, on the football field and in his job. He is always doing something to make himself or his family better. His work ethic will set the tone not only for the incoming freshman class.”

Jacob Thompson
Hometown: Turlock, CA
High School: John H. Pitman High School
Position: LB
Awards: 2nd Team All-CCC
2009 Team MVP
2008 Most Improved Player
Major: Pre-Law
Coach Schomaker: “Jacob is a smart football player. He has the ability to make his teammates better by getting them in the right spots all the while making sure his assignment gets done. He should follow well in the footsteps of the great California linebackers before him.

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