April 19, 2012

RAM NATION LOSES A LEGEND WITH PASSING OF FORMER GOLF COACH JACK BELL

RICHMOND, Va. – The VCU Athletics family lost a legend yesterday with the passing of former golf coach Jack Bell.

Bell served as the head coach of the Rams from 1982-1999 and established the Black & Gold as one of the premier golf programs on the East Coast. During his tenure, VCU won 10 regular season championships, five conference tournament championships, numerous top-40 rankings and three CAA Coach of the Year awards.

"Other than my parents, there was no one that did more for me to get me where I am today in the golf world than Jack Bell," VCU Head Coach Matt Ball said. "He loved the game and was willing to move heaven and earth to work with anybody who really wanted to improve their golf game."

With the Rams, he coached three All-Americans in Jerry Wood, John Rollins and Reg Millage. Rollins has been on the PGA TOUR for over 10 years and has made over 16 million dollars in career earnings.

A native of Ohio, Bell's legend doesn't stop at VCU. He was a giant in the golfing world. He was the golf pro at three of the most prestigious golf courses in the country, Medinah Country Club (Ill.), La Jolla Country Club (Calif.) and The Greenbrier (W.Va.). He golfed among some of the greatest the game has ever seen, as well as Presidents, movie stars and many more.

As a player, Bell played in the U.S. Open three times and was the winner of the Illinois State Open three times (1959, 1963, 1964).

Funeral services will be held in Ohio, but a memorial service for Bell will take place in Richmond. Details for that memorial service will be released as soon as they are available.

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