To nobody's surprise, Iowa fills their recruiting coordinator position with Kelvin Bell. Bell was promoted from his previous role, director of on-campus recruiting, to fill the void left by Seth Wallace. Wallace replaced Jim Reid as linebackers coach which left a vacancy on the Iowa football staff.
Bell gets the nod and deservedly so. When Jim Reid left the Hawkeyes for Boston College, the additional coach sent on the road was Kelvin Bell and he proved his worth while doing so. He was instrumental in securing all the signees from Detroit and hanging onto Indiana-based running back Toks Akinribade.
Bell will also be a defensive assistant for the Hawkeyes, much like Wallace was. The Iowa staff has thrilled to have him on board.
"Kelvin will be a very positive addition to our coaching staff," head coach Kirk Ferentz said in a statement provided by the university athletic department. "As a former player and an Iowa graduate, he possesses an extensive understanding of our Hawkeye football culture, which is built on character, academics, and player development."
Bell assisted with off-campus recruiting efforts in his previous position, and coordinated all of the on-campus recruiting activities as well. He also served as a graduate assistant at the University of Iowa for two years in 2012-2013, contributing to the special teams.
In his young career, Bell has interned with the Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, Miami Dolphins, and Cincinnati Bengals.
Bell joined Iowa in 2000 as an offensive lineman but had his career cut short soon after due to injury but graduated from the university with his B.A. in mathematics in 2005. His first coaching experience came as junior high coach at Regina in Iowa City. He later on went to become the varsity weight room supervisor and an assistant for the varsity football team.
"In 2012, Coach Ferentz gave me a chance to return to Iowa football as a graduate assistant," Bell provided in a statement. "I was thrilled to be able to work for one of the best men in this profession and contribute to the success of my alma mater. My experiences these past four years, both on and off the field, have been invaluable toward my development in the coaching profession. I'm thankful for the opportunity to continue my career as a member of the Iowa football coaching staff."