Kelvin Bell, a former member of the University of Iowa football team, is in his second year as the director of on-campus recruiting. He assists in all aspects of prospect identification, assists the coaching staff in off-campus recruiting efforts and coordinates all aspects regarding on-campus recruiting activities. Bell previously served as a graduate assistant coach for two years (2012-13) with the Hawkeyes, assisting with special teams.
Iowa has participated in January bowl games the past two seasons, including the 2014 Outback Bowl and the 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl. Iowa posted an overall 8-5 record in 2013, including a 5-3 mark in the Big Ten to tie for second in the Legends Division.
Iowa's special teams were highlighted in 2013 by the KO and punt return units. Kevonte Martin-Manley ranked second in the Big Ten and eighth in the nation in punt returns (15.7), returning back-to-back punts for touchdowns in a win over Western Michigan. Jordan Cotton ranked fourth in the Big Ten with a 25.2 average on KO returns.
Bell joined the Iowa staff after serving as an assistant coach at Trinity International University, where he served as the offensive line coach and run game coordinator in 2011. Two of his offensive linemen earned all-conference honors in 2011.
Bell served two seasons (2008-09) as offensive line coach at Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb. He helped lead the Wildcats to their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division II playoffs in 2008 while posting a two-year record of 17-6. Bell coached five offensive linemen who went on to earn all-conference, all-region and All-American honors.
Before coaching at WSC, Bell coached the offensive line at Cornell College for two seasons (2006-2007). He gained his first coaching experience at Regina HS in Iowa City (2004-06), where he served as junior high coach, varsity weight room supervisor, and assistant varsity coach. Regina earned its first-ever state football championship in 2005 after reaching the semifinals in 2004.
Bell first joined the Iowa program as a defensive lineman in 2000. He redshirted in his first year at Iowa and later had his career cut short due to injury. As a prep he earned first team all-conference honors for three straight seasons as an offensive and defensive lineman. He earned all-district, all-region and all-county recognition as a senior.
Bell earned his B.A. in mathematics, with a computer science concentration, from the University of Iowa in 2005. He earned his master's degree in sports management in 2014.
Kelvin was born Aug. 24, 1982, and is a native of Olive Branch, Mississippi. His wife's name is Natalee.