The new head coach for Marion Giants football is a familiar face: James Bell, who served as an assistant coach under Coach Craig Chambers, is stepping into the top spot.
Bell steps into the role immediately, as high school athletics re-open July 6 under the guidance of the IHSAA and local, state, and national health officials.
He has been with Marion Community Schools since the 2017-18 school year, serving as a teacher, interim athletic director, and most recently Assistant Principal at Marion High School — which he will remain.
Bell earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from the University of Central Arkansas, and his master’s degree in health and physical education from Northwest Missouri State University. He has served as coach, teacher, athletic director, and administrator roles in several school districts over his career.
“It is with great excitement and anticipation that James Bell has been named as the next skipper of the Marion Giants football program,” said Marion High School Athletic Director Steve Moritz. “Coach Bell will lead this program with outstanding credentials. Not only has he been Marion’s Associate Head Coach, Offensive / Defensive Consultant, for the past three years under former Head Coach Craig Chambers, he has been a high school head coach as well as a college head coach at two different stops, including a stay at Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., where his team participated in the Motor City Classic Football Game in Detroit, as well as the Circle City Classic Football Game in Indianapolis. Bell also served as assistant football coach, defensive coordinator, at Indiana University under Head Coach Cam Cameron, and was the assistant football coach and defensive coordinator at Wake Forest University under then-Head Coach Jim Caldwell when the Demon Deacons won the Aloha Bowl vs. Arizona State University. While at Marion the past three years, Coach Bell’s offenses averaged 35.1 points per game and 326 yards per game in total offense. Although James Bell has big shoes to fill with the departure of Coach Craig Chambers, we have no doubt he will have GIANT success and keep our top-notch football program at a championship level. Coach Bell is a man of faith, integrity, and character. He has the unique ability to lead young men, not only on the football field, but through their daily lives as a high school student.”