Robert "Jake" Bell of Lexington is the new Coordinator of Southeastern Conference men's basketball officials.
SEC Commissioner Mike Slive made the announcement Monday from the league office in Birmingham, Ala.
Bell, a veteran SEC (1977-92) and college official, has worked several conference tournaments as well as multiple NCAA and National Invitation tournaments.
He has served as coordinator of basketball officials for the Atlantic Sun Conference since 2006 and of the Southern Atlantic Association since 2012. He also worked in that role for the Mid-South Conference from 1996 through 2000.
"To be a part of the SEC again is a dream opportunity for me," Bell said in an SEC press release. "I feel so pleased to be part of such a great organization. My experience with the SEC dates back to the 1970s when Cliff Harper (former SEC associate commissioner) hired me to officiate in this league. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I look forward to getting started."
Bell earned his bachelor's degree in education (1965) and master's in education/counseling from Georgetown College. He received his doctorate in administration/supervision from the University of Kentucky in 2003.
He taught biology at Henry Clay High School (1969-93) and coached the Blue Devils to a 4A state football championship in 1981 and a runner-up finish in 1979. He was associate principal at Tates Creek High from 1993 through 1997, and principal at Henry Clay from 2000 through 2004.
Bell also served as interim athletic director at Eastern Kentucky University (2004-05) and athletic director at Georgetown College (1998-2000).
"We are pleased to have someone of Jake's experience and background to lead the SEC's men's basketball officiating program," Slive said. "His experience as an official and a coordinator will help guide an already solid officiating program. His appointment has the unanimous support of the conference's 14 athletic directors and 14 head men's basketball coaches."