American Football Database
Alexander F. Bell
Biographical details
Born(1915-08-12)August 12, 1915
New Kensington, Pennsylvania
DiedFebruary 3, 1986(1986-02-03) (aged 70)
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Playing career
Head coaching record
Overall35–30 (college)

Alexander Frank Bell ( Alexander Edward Belli; August 12, 1915 – February 3, 1986), also known as Frank Bell, was an American football player and coach.[1][2] He served as the head football coach at Villanova University from 1960 to 1966. He compiled a record of 35–30 and took the Wildcats to two bowl games—the 1961 Sun Bowl and 1962 Liberty Bowl. Villanova won the Sun Bowl, 17–9, over [[{{{school}}}|Wichita]], but lost the Liberty Bowl, 6–0, against Oregon State.


Bell was a native of New Kensington, Pennsylvania.[3] He played college football at Villanova from 1935 to 1937 as an end. Three years later he played for one season (1940) for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL) as a halfback. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1942–45.[4]

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Villanova Wildcats (NCAA University Division independent) (1960–1966)
1960 Villanova 2–8
1961 Villanova 8–2 W Sun
1962 Villanova 7–3 L Liberty
1963 Villanova 5–4
1964 Villanova 6–2
1965 Villanova 1–8
1966 Villanova 6–3
Villanova: 35–30
Total: 35–30
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.


  1. U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014
  2. U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947
  3. Haney, Kevin (February 5, 1986). "Alex Bell, 70; Coached 'Nova Football In '60s". Philadelphia Daily News. Retrieved December 22, 2014.
  4. U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010