LAS CRUCES, N.M. – New Mexico State head football coach Doug Martin announced the addition of Brian Bell to the coaching staff on Wednesday.
Bell will coach the safeties for the Aggies, completing the defensive coaching staff. He will also assist with the special teams as well.
Bell has coached the last eight seasons at Minnesota State-Mankato, working with the secondary and serving as the Mavericks recruiting coordinator.
He was an integral part of Minnesota State’s three straight undefeated regular seasons over the last three years. He helped pace MSU to the 2014 NCAA Division II national championship game, the 2012 national semifinal and the 2013 regional semifinal as the Mavericks rolled up a 38-3 record.
“We’re excited about getting him at New Mexico State,” said Martin. “He’s coming from a very successful, winning program. He’s and excellent teacher and a fundamentals coach. He knows how to win and that’s how we make our program better.”
Bell helped Minnesota State record an eight-year record of 67-22, with five postseason appearances (four in the NCAA II playoffs) during his tenure.
His 2009 Minnesota State defensive backs hauled in 29 interceptions to lead NCAA Division II and establish a school record.
Bell spent the summer of 2014 with the San Francisco 49ers as part of the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship, and was selected to participate in the 2009 NCAA Football Coaches Academy.
“I’m looking forward to coaching and competing at the highest level,” said Bell. “We’re out to play a good brand of football at a high level. There are a lot of good things going on at New Mexico State.”
Bell graduated in 2003 from Bemidji State University with a bachelor’s degree in physical education. He added a master’s degree in educational technology from Dakota State University in 2007.
Bell started his coaching career at Aldine Eisenhower High School in Houston, Texas, then served as a secondary coach at Dakota State and at Iowa Central Community College before arriving at Minnesota State-Mankato.