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Linda Bell - USW Athletics Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance Services & Business Operations

October 09, 2017

Linda Bell Introduced as USW Athletics Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance Services & Business Operations

HOBBS, N.M. – University of the Southwest Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is excited to announce the addition of veteran administrator Linda Bell as the Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance Services and Business Operations.

“Linda Bell is a seasoned athletic administrator who brings a wealth of experience in the field of athletic compliance and business operations to USW,” commented Vice President for Institutional Development and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics William Weidner. “Her commitment to student-athlete welfare and student-athlete success in the classroom as well as on the field of play will be a great fit with our athletic department core values as well as our University Mission Statement in this regard.”

Bell is excited to join USW and be an active member of Lea County and the Hobbs communities.

“I enthusiastically appreciate the great opportunity Mr. Weidner has given me to join the Mustang athletic staff,” Bell said. “I am excited and eager to work for someone who has such exemplary experience within intercollegiate athletics. The campus has seen so much growth and I’m thrilled to come aboard and contribute to the progress and excellence of Mustang Athletics.”

Bell comes to USW from University of Wisconsin – Parkside, an NCAA Division II institution in Somers, Wisconsin where she served as the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance and the Senior Woman Administrator. At U-W Parkside, Bell was responsible for overseeing athletics compliance and internal operations for the athletic department as well as having sport supervision for wrestling, men's soccer and softball.

Prior to serving at UW-Parkside, Linda Bell spent 11 years at NCAA Division II Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina. Bell was the assistant athletic director during her 11-year stint at ECSU, coordinating all aspects of athletic compliance for the 11-sport department. She additionally served as the head women’s volleyball coach from 2004-12, winning the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Championship in 2008 while securing Eastern Division titles every year from 2007 to 2010. Bell was the 2008 and 2009 CIAA Coach of the Year and guided the Vikings to their first NCAA Division II Tournament Appearance during the 2008 season.

Prior to Elizabeth City State, Bell spent six years at Livingstone College in Salisbury, N.C., where she served in a variety of roles, including Senior Women’s Administrator, head women’s volleyball coach, and head softball coach.

Bell began her career in intercollegiate athletics at Division III Emory & Henry College in Emory, Va., where she served as the head women’s volleyball coach.

Bell was a three-sport athlete in college, attending Saint Paul’s College in Lawrenceville, Va., where she played volleyball, basketball and softball. She served as team captain in all three sports while securing All-CIAA accolades in all three sports as well. Bell finished her collegiate career with over 100 service aces in volleyball, was the second leading scorer in the CIAA as a senior in basketball while leading the nation in steals as a member of the softball team in 1995. She graduated from Saint Paul’s College in 1996 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.

Bell earned her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in 2004. In 2010 she obtained her Graduate Certificate in Sports Management. In addition, Bell graduated from the D2 ADA Mentoring Program and is a graduate of the NCWAA Hers Institution for Women in Administration.

Some of her current professional memberships and prior NCAA committee involvement include the NCAA Division II Volleyball Championship Committee, Chair for the NCAA Division II Volleyball Atlantic Regional Ranking Committee, NCAA Division II Softball Championship Committee, Chair for the NCAA Division II Softball Atlantic Regional Ranking Committee, member of the AVCA Head Coaches Committee, AVCA Atlantic Regional Awards Committee, President of the CIAA Volleyball Coaches Association, member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association, member of NACDA, NAAC, and Advocates for Athletic Equity.

“Linda, along with her daughters Nia and Lani will be wonderful additions to our athletic department, the University and the Hobbs community,” continued Weidner. “On behalf of our USW Athletic Department and the University of the Southwest, we welcome Linda Bell as the newest member of our Mustang Family.”