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Bianka Bell Hired to Be Assistant Coach at Embry-Riddle

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LSU great Bianka Bell has her first full-time coaching job as Bell was hired to be an assistant coach at DII Embry-Riddle.

Bell who is from Tampa, Florida will now be working in Daytona Beach, Florida for former Alabama Crimson Tide All-American great Kelsi Dunne who has been the head coach at Embry-Riddle since June 2014.

“I am extremely humbled to have been given this opportunity to begin my coaching career with Embry-Riddle,” Bell said in press release. “I am excited to work with the talented student-athletes we have in our program, and even more excited to coach alongside one of the greats I grew up watching when I was younger, Kelsi Dunne. I love everything this school stands for and am thankful that God led me to this program. I am ready to get to work! Go Eagles!”

Bell spent the 2017 season as a student coach at LSU while she completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology, and was part of the Tigers third consecutive run at the WCWS. She also served as an assistant coach at Chamberlain High School in Tampa for the 2018 season

Bell had a stellar four-year career with the Tigers, leading LSU to back-to-back Women’s College World Series appearances in 2015 and 2016. Touted as one of the best hitters to wear the Tiger uniform, she started in 253 games and became the fastest player in LSU history to reach 100 career RBI. Her first year at LSU saw Bell take home SEC Co-Freshman of the Year honors and that was the first of many accolades she would garner in her collegiate career. She was a four-time All-SEC selection, earning first-team recognition in 2015 and 2016, was an NFCA All-Region pick four times and was a two-time NFCA All-American. A two-time espnW Player of the Week, she was named a Louisiana Sports Writers Association first-team honoree three times and appeared on the NFCA All-Region listing in each of her four seasons.

Bell joined the USA Junior Women’s National Team in 2015 and helped Team USA win gold at the 2015 World Cup of Softball and the 2015 Japan Cup. The following year, Team USA took Silver at the World Cup of Softball and won gold at the WBSC Women’s World Championship and the Japan Cup.

After exhausting her eligibility at LSU, Bell was selected by the Pennsylvania Rebellion as the 36th pick in the National Pro Fastpitch draft in 2016. A year later, she signed with the USSSA Pride and led the Pride to consecutive regular-season titles. In 2018, the Pride took home the Cowles Cup, and Bell was named to the All-NPF team after leading her team to a 45-5 overall record.

Bell joins Embry-Riddle program that is coming off a 33-15 record making NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.

 

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