Richard Bell
Biographical details
Born (1937-09-02) September 2, 1937 (age 83)
Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Georgia Tech (LB)
West Virginia (DC)
Texas Tech (DC)
South Carolina (DC)
South Carolina
Duke (DC)
East Carolina (DC)
Georgia (DC/S)
Navy (DC/LB)
Air Force (DC)
Prince Avenue Christian (DC)
Head coaching record
Overall4–7 (.364)
College Football Data Warehouse

Richard Bell (born September 2, 1937) is a high school and former college football head coach. Since 2010, Bell has served as the defensive coordinator at Prince Avenue Christian School in Bogart, Georgia. He previously served as head coach for the University of South Carolina Gamecocks for a single season in 1982.

After he graduated from the University of Arkansas, in 1962 Bell began his coaching career at VMI. From there he coached at Georgia Tech, West Virginia, Texas Tech and South Carolina as a defensive coach.[1] On January 9, 1982, Bell was formally introduced as the 27th head coach in the history of the South Carolina program.[2] Be had previously served for seven seasons as the Gamecocks defensive coordinator under previous head coach Jim Carlen. After a disappointing 4–7 season, Bell was fired by athletic director Bob Marcum on December 1, 1982.[3]

From South Carolina, Bell served as a defensive coach at several other schools. These schools included Duke, East Carolina, Georgia, Navy and Air Force.[1] Bell retired as a collegiate coach after the 2006 season, after 42 years as a coach.[4] After four years in retirement, Bell reentered the coaching world to serve as the defensive coordinator at Prince Avenue Christian School in Bogart, Georgia in 2010.[4]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Bowl/playoffs
South Carolina Gamecocks (I-A Independent) (1982)
1982 South Carolina 4–7
South Carolina: 4–7
Total: 4–7
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Player bio: Richard Bell". CBS Interactive. Retrieved August 7, 2012.
  2. Gaillard, Luther (January 10, 1982). "It's official: Richard Bell new USC football coach". Spartanburg Herald-Journal (Spartanburg, South Carolina: Google News): p. A1. Retrieved August 7, 2012.
  3. "South Carolina head coach Richard Bell loses his job". Spartanburg Herald-Journal (Spartanburg, South Carolina: Google News): p. A1. December 2, 1982. Retrieved August 7, 2012.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Schwab, Frank (April 22, 2012). "At age 74, former AFA coordinator Richard Bell finds happiness coaching preps". The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colorado: Retrieved August 7, 2012.
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