Hudson Valley Sports Report

BELL STEPS DOWN AT SPACKENKILL

Boys Basketball Coach Offered Assistant Position At SUNY New Paltz

By Rich Thomaselli
HVSR Staff

Spackenkill High School boys basketball coach Tom Bell, one of the deans of the local prep coaching community, has stepped down to pursue an offer at the collegiate level.

Bell was offered, and accepted, a position as an assistant on new coach Keith Kenney’s men’s basketball staff at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

The hire will become official when paperwork is completed by the college.

Kenney, who has been at SUNY New Paltz for 13 years, has been the assistant athletic director for the past four years. He previously was the JV coach at New Paltz High School. He was an All-American and the all-time leading scorer at SUNY Cobleskill.

“I am excited, very excited, to be working with him,” Bell said.

One of the most popular and well-respected coaches in the area, Bell took Spackenkill to the Section 9, Class B championship this past season and all the way to the state quarterfinals before a loss to Center Moriches.

Counting his time as the head girls basketball coach at Poughkeepsie, an assistant at Spackenkill under Terry Feeley, and then the head coach of the Spartans, Bell has been on the local scene for 27 years.

The opportunity to coach at the next level was too much to pass up.

“It was a goal of mine but I thought it was a goal that might have passed me by,” Bell said. “I love Spackenkill and love the opportunity they gave me. I met with the players last week and told them. Every single one of them – classic Spackenkill – they were like ‘We love you coach’, ‘Thanks for everything coach.’ It’s special. I’ll always cherish this time.”

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