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]

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