aron Bell is in his first season as associate head coach for the men and women’s swimming and diving programs after a recent promotion from assistant coach, where Bell served for the previous three seasons. He has been an instrumental part of Virginia Tech’s recent success as the men’s team won its first ACC title and both programs finished in the top 25 at the NCAA Championships last season.
During his years as an assistant, he has helped elevate Virginia Tech swimming and diving to three-consecutive top-25 finishes for both the men and women’s teams. He has coached six All-Americans and nine ACC Champions and signed four top-20 recruiting classes.
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 won 20 individual Mid-American Conference Championships, broke 74 school records and had four NCAA diving qualifiers. The men’s squad placed first in the MAC in 2011, 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 aided 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 son, Brody.