Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Heisman Trophy.
Bell hired as Diamond Hogs' strength coach
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas has hired Hunter Bell to oversee its baseball strength and conditioning program.
Bell spent the past year working primarily with the Elon baseball and women’s lacrosse programs, and assisted with the school's football team. He replaces Blaine Kinsley, who spent five seasons at Arkansas before he resigned this summer to take a job in the Chicago Cubs’ organization.
“We’re excited for Coach Bell to join our staff,” Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said in a statement. “After a thorough and extensive search, his passion for working with student-athletes and his innovative approach to strength training and development stood out the most. He’ll be a great asset to our program.”
Bell played college baseball at Hinds (Miss.) Community College from 2015-16 and Arkansas-Monticello from 2017-18. He earned a degree in exercise science from UAM.
Hinds was ranked No. 1 nationally and UAM won two conference championships during Bell’s playing career. At Warren Central High School in Vicksburg, Miss., Bell was an all-district baseball player and all-state football player.
From 2018-20, Bell had internships with the football programs at Mississippi State, Ole Miss and TCU, as well as the TCU basketball and baseball teams.
He has also served as a graduate assistant at Missouri State, and worked with various programs at Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) Community College and Tennessee-Chattanooga before he was hired at Elon last October.
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