The Steelers have hired Akron cornerbacks coach Tre’ Bell as a intern through the Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship, he announced on his Twitter.
Thank You To Coach Tomlin & Coach Mitchell For Allowing Me To Participate In The Bill Walsh Minority Internship Program With The Pittsburgh Steelers. Extremely Humble & Extremely Thankful For This Opportunity. #TTP #SteelerNation #LLE🕊 pic.twitter.com/PeXAjWFAmv
— Tre' Bell (@Coach_TBell) June 14, 2022
Bell was hired by new Akron head coach Joe Moorhead this offseason to become the team’s cornerbacks coach. Prior to heading to Akron, Bell was a graduate assistant at Florida State for a season and at Mississippi State for two seasons. He started coaching as a quality control coach at Eastern Kentucky in 2018, where he worked with defensive backs.
Bell played his college ball at both Vanderbilt and Connecticut. He started 12 games in his senior season with the Huskies and graduated from Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in Communications. He would later go on to earn his Master’s from Mississippi State in education.
The Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship was first started to help increase the diversity amongst an NFL staff and the coaching ranks. It recommends the NFL teams keeping the coach through the entirety of training camp, including through the duration of the preseason games. Willing participants apply for the fellowship and list the five teams that would like to take their fellowship with. Front offices are then notified, and they can be hired. The fellowship encourages hiring multiple coaches in the fellowship. Some teams, such as the Packers, have hired as many as 12 coaches in the fellowship this offseason alone.
Bell could be one of many coaches in the fellowship program to come through Latrobe for the fellowship program. Regardless, it is designed to give ins to minority coaches with teams. Not only that, it is a great learning experience for the prospective coaches that are looking to make a career out of where they are going. It remains to be seen how long Bell will be in the fellowship with Mike Tomlin and his staff, but it is a great opportunity for the young Akron coach.