Walt Bell begins his first season as the wide receivers coach for the Golden Eagles after spending one season as the offensive graduate assistant at Southern Miss.
With Bell's input, the Golden Eagles set new offensive records for production in 2010 including a school record 5,894 yards and 453.38 yards per game.
The first-year coach will have the benefit of an experienced receiver group as 11 players who caught a combined 189 passes (65-percent) return for the 2011 campaign.
Highlighting the wide receiver group is senior Kelvin Bolden, who got 46 passes for 722 yards in 2010, and redshirt junior Quentin Pierce, who racked up 454 yards on 38 catches. Between them, they accounted for 10 of the 24 touchdown passes caught in 2010.
Prior to coming to Southern Miss, he spent a season as a quality control coach at Oklahoma State. Before OSU, Bell worked two years as a graduate assistant at Memphis following his playing days at Middle Tennessee.
The Dickson, Tenn., native earned both his bachelor's degree (criminal justice administration, 2005) and master's degree (sports management, 2006) from MTSU.
Bell also worked at Louisiana-Lafayette for one season.