It took a couple of months but the Syracuse Orange officially named Brien Bell as the next Head Coach of the Cross-Country/Track & Field programs. Bell has been at Syracuse for 13 years and was instrumental in the program’s rise to the 2015 National Championship. As we talked about this summer when it was announced that Chris Fox was leaving Syracuse to coach Reebok’s new professional team, Bell getting the HC position was the right call and Fox certainly agrees.
When you talk with current and former Syracuse athletes what stands out to them is Bell’s commitment to their development. It’s not uncommon to see him out on early morning runs with the team and the athletes know he’s not afraid to push them to excel. His passion for the program is visible and Bell is ready to keep the team pushing towards ACC and NCAA Championships.
“I’m excited and honored to continue the legacy of success of Syracuse University cross country and track and field and understand the responsibility to continue making the Syracuse University community proud of the programs that we have built here. Now we can continue to TCB – Take Care of Business”
We also learned that Dave Hegland will continue to lead the sprint/hurdle/field events for the Orange track and field programs. Hegland’s success has helped Syracuse develop a reputation for excellence in the hurdles and he’s been named Northeast Regional Assistant Coach of the Year three times by the USTFCCCA. Hegland will be joined this year by former Ole Miss Rebels All-American Holland Sherrer. Sherrer will likely work with the sprinters/middle distance runners this year.
The Orange return to action this weekend at the Coast to Coast Battle hosted by the Boston College Eagles.