NFL alumnus Kerwin Bell led his Valdosta State (Ga.) Blazers to their first undefeated season in 2018 and won the NCAA Division II championship in his third –and final—season as the school’s head coach.
Bell, who is a Florida native and was a four-year starting quarterback at the University of Florida in the mid-80s, returned to the Sunshine State earlier this month when he was named offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the University of South Florida.
“We had a plan three years ago when I got to Valdosta,” says Bell, “and we stuck to that plan. We found some players who became champions on the field. We knew we were talented but you don’t win championships without character. We had that last season and I couldn’t be prouder of our D-II title.”
Bell was drafted by the Dolphins in 1988 and later played with the Bucs and Colts. He also had some outstanding seasons in the CFL before retiring in 2002.
“I have known Kerwin for more than 30 years and have great respect for what he has done both as a player and coach,” says USF head coach Charlie Strong. “We are very excited to have him join our staff.”
The collegiate coaching scene is oftentimes a difficult way to make a living. We at NFL Alumni hope that Coach Bell finds continued success in his return to his home state. (See link here for more info on Bell’s career.)