Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JU's Bell Finalist for Coach Award; Dolphins' Turnaround Season Included First Pioneer League Title

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JU's Bell Finalist for Coach Award; Dolphins' Turnaround Season Included First Pioneer League Title

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After leading the Jacksonville University football team to its first Pioneer League championship and a six-win improvement from a year ago, Kerwin Bell was named a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award - the national coach of the year honor for the Football Championship Subdivision.

Bell has guided the Dolphins to a 9-3 record and the first league championship in the 11-year history of the program. The six-win improvement is the biggest in the nation, with JU entering the Gridiron Classic against Albany on a seven-game winning streak, tied for the third-longest active streak in the country.

"To be considered for such a prestigious award is truly humbling," Bell said. "To even be a finalist is credit to our student-athletes and our administration because this has been a team effort to get our program to this level.

"We have accomplished a lot this season and our kids have worked so hard to become a championship team. This is a credit to them for their dedication to winning our conference and not giving up. …

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