Panthers look to build off strong performances from last season
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Clinton Bell enters his fourth season with the University of Pittsburgh Track and Field programs, overseeing the distance events as well as assisting with the cross country teams. In his first season at Pitt, Bell guided Sam Bair to the 1000 meters title at the IC4A Championships and an All-American fifth place finish in the 1 mile run at the Indoor NCAA Championships.
Bell arrived at Pitt after coaching at Seton Hall University for seven seasons where he served as an assistant cross country and track and field coach. He was also in charge of day-to-day activities such as the budget and meet management, athlete evaluation and supervision of the team. Bell also assisted in organizing and training student-athletes for successful competition and knowledge of the NCAA rule and regulations.
While at Seton Hall, Bell recruited and signed 17 athletic award winners, two of which were High School National Champions, one was a Junior College National Champion and seven won State Championships. Of those athletes, two have earned Big East and IC4A titles and one ran the fastest time in the nation in the 500 meters. Bell also coached an Irish Olympic trial finalist in the 1500 meters.
Bell graduated from Seton Hall with a B.A. in Communications. As a student-athlete, he earned NCAA All-American status, won a Big East Championship and an Athletic Award for the Pirates Track and Field team. He has accumulated 18 years of competitive experience in track and field. In addition to his collegiate accomplishments at Seton Hall, Bell has been honored as a High School All-American, an American record holder (1994) and a USA Olympic Trial Qualifier in the 1500 meters.