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Significant Switch: Bell out, Hellenthal in at Quincy University

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QUINCY, IL. (WGEM) -- When Marty Bell was hired to take over as head coach of the Quincy University men's basketball program the Hawks were stuck in neutral and coming off their sixth straight losing season.

It only took Bell two years to turn things around.

14 seasons later and Bell is passing the torch.

The university athletic department announced Thursday morning that Bell has decided to retire as head coach but remain athletic director.

The move comes on the heels of Bell being a finalist for the athletic director vacancy at Missouri Western and during the interview process said there's never been a better time for a clean break from coaching.

Bell steps down with 240 victories and the second winningest coach in Hawks history.

He had five seasons of at least 20 wins and made the NCAA Tournament five times. But his most impressive QU stat?

All but one of his 56 players graduated.

Bell's successor will be his top assistant coach Ryan Hellenthal whose only season with the Hawks was this past winter when the team won 25 games and advanced to the NCAA Midwest Region semifinals.

Hellenthal has 16 years of collegiate coaching experience and he's the son of Quincy High School Hall of Fame coach Mike Hellenthal.

NOTE: Quincy University will hold a 9 a.m. press conference Friday in the Hall of Fame Room to address the coaching change.

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