aron Bell is in his third year as assistant swimming coach for the men’s and women’s programs. In his first season with the H2Okies, Bell helped the squads to 18th-place finishes for both the men and women at the 2012 NCAA Championships and assisted the men’s squad to a program-best second-place finish in the ACC.
He mentored All-American Erika Hajnal to a top-16 finish in the 500 freestyle at last year’s NCAAs and has helped bring in 14th-ranked men’s and 18th-ranked women’s 2012 recruiting class in just one year at Tech.
Bell joined the Tech staff after spending four seasons as head assistant and recruiting coordinator at the University of Buffalo.
During his tenure at Buffalo, the Bulls had 20 Mid-American Conference Champions, 74 school records and four NCAA diving qualifiers. The men’s squad placed first in the MAC last season, while placing second in 2009 and 2010.
Prior to joining the Buffalo staff, Bell spent time on the coaching staff at Ohio University and the University of Miami. At Ohio, Bell was an assistant for both squads where he assisted in all facets of the program and worked primarily with the mid-distance swimmers. Bell oversaw weight training and dry land routines for the Miami Hurricanes as an assistant.
Bell had a stellar college career at Clarion University, where he was a 20-time NCAA Divison II All-American and a seven-time Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference champion. During his senior season with the Golden Eagles, he qualified for the Senior National Championship and received the Scholar-Athlete Award.
He received his undergraduate degree in liberal studies in 2004 from Clarion and later earned his master’s degree from Ohio in 2007.
Bell resides in Blacksburg with his wife Courtney and newborn son Brody.