Tigers name Jake Bell as boys basketball coach

Special to the Reporter
Jake Bell

Jake Bell has been named as the head boys basketball coach of Glen Rose High School’s Runnin’ Tigers.

Bell, who has a career record of 208-38 as a head basketball coach, guided his 2019-2020 Martin’s Mill team to a 39-0 season record of 39-0. His Mustangs were Class 2A co-state champions (due to COVID-19 state tournament cancellation) and ranked No. 1 in the state.

In 2018-2019, he led Martin’s Mill to the state semifinals with a 37-3 record and a No. 3 state ranking. From 2015-2018, Bell led the Mustangs to the regional tournament twice, and he had one area finalist team.

Owen Clifton had stepped down as the Tigers’ varsity boys head coach just before spring break. He had been named as the GRHS head coach in April 2015. Clifton will continue as the school’s head golf coach, as well as his classroom teaching duties.

Matt Garnett, a 2001 GRHS graduate, had signed a contract in early April to coach the team. But on May 22 he told GRISD officials he decided not to take the position, citing family reasons. Garnett is the owner and lead director of MGBasketball in Aledo, and his wife recently was offered a job in that area.

Prior to Martin’s Mill, Bell was head coach at Ector High School where he took over a program that had three wins the previous year and won 20 regular season games in 2015. As head coach at Crowell High School in 2012-2013, his team compiled a 27-6 record and a regional semifinal appearance.

Bell has been named district Coach of the Year five times and was named the Tyler Sportswriters East Texas Coach of the Year in 2019-2020. His teams have won the TABC 3-point championships in 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

He is a Brock High School graduate where he was a two-time all-state basketball player while playing for his father Jeff Bell. He was also named district offensive MVP, district MVP, and was the TABC 3-point champion for classes A through 4A.

Bell was a member of the 2009 Mary Hardin-Baylor recruiting class. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Studies Education from Abilene Christian University, Master of Education from Lamar University and will complete his Doctorate of Education in August 2020.

Bell and his wife Amanda are expecting their first child this fall.