HARROGATE, Tenn. — There will be a new face roaming the sidelines for the Lincoln Memorial University men’s basketball team for the third consecutive season as first-year assistant Keegan Bell has moved on to Shorter University to become the top assistant with the Hawks, head coach Josh Schertz announced on Tuesday.
Bell was installed into the assistant position with the Railsplitters prior to the 2013-14 season. During his one and only year in Harrogate, the Railsplitters ripped off a South Atlantic Conference single-season record 28 wins while capturing both the league’s regular season and tournament titles. It was the fourth regular season championship and second tournament title in a four-year stretch for Lincoln Memorial. The Railsplitters also claimed the SAC regular-season record for winning percentage (90.3 percent; 28-3) while making the program’s third-consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament’s round of 32.
“I’m excited for Keegan,” said Josh Schertz. “This is a really good opportunity for him for a variety of reasons. He did a great job here. All the players loved him, respected him, and his efforts in both recruiting and player development enhanced our program. He will definitely be missed.”
Bell will begin his duties with Shorter immediately. Located in Rome, Ga., Shorter is a provisional member in the final year of its transition from the NAIA to the NCAA Division II. The Hawks will compete in the Gulf South Conference, former home of the Railsplitters.
Bell is the third former assistant with the Railsplitters to continue in the coaching ranks as Lance Egnatz moved on to NCAA Division I University of Tennessee at Martin as an assistant prior to the 2012-13 season while Chris Cottrell was tabbed as the head coach at NCAA Division II member Davis & Elkins in time for the 2013-14 season.
For Bell, the move to Shorter University and the Gulf South Conference is a familiar one as he spent two seasons at GSC member University of Alabama-Huntsville before transitioning to the South Atlantic Conference with Lincoln Memorial. The Hawks will look to improve on a 9-17 overall record and a 6-14 GSC mark during the 2013-14 campaign.
Schertz and the Railsplitters will begin the search immediately to fill the assistant coaching vacancy left by Bell.