Gar-Field promoted assistant coach Jason Bell to be its new boys’ basketball head coach on Tuesday. A former Gar-Field standout in the early 1990s and assistant coach for the last 13 seasons, Bell replaces Andy Gray, who resigned in June after 20 years at the helm.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to come back and coach at my alma mater and have the opportunity to give back,” Bell said. “Being on the sidelines the last few years and literally growing up here as a kid and player under my dad makes it that much more special.”
Bell’s father, Larry, served as the Indians head coach from 1983-1992. After graduating from Gar-Field in 1994, Bell played at Virginia Military Institute. The world history teacher was chosen from about 20 applicants and five finalists, according to Gar-Field athletic director Michael Payne.
“Any vacancy we have, we always want to choose the best candidate, and in this case, it just so happened that our best candidate was right here in our building,” Payne said.
The Indians graduated four starters, including leading scorers Zach Fong and Curtis Lovitt, from a team that went 22-5 last season and finished No. 14 in The Post rankings.