Bell resigns as athletic director

LEDGER – After six years at the helm, Mitchell High School Athletic Director Jamie Bell Friday, June 1, announced his resignation from the position.

Bell announced via email and indicated it was not an easy decision.

“It is with a heavy heart I inform you that I am resigning as the athletic director today,” he wrote. “I wanted to thank each and every one of you for helping me during my tenure. It’s been a good run, but I feel like it’s time for me to step away and let someone else take the reins. I have enjoyed working with each of you over the past six years, and I wish you the best in whatever you do.”

Ending also is Bell’s 18-year run as a member of the Mitchell football coaching staff. He more recently was the team’s defensive coordinator. 

He will continue teaching in the career and technical education department at Mitchell. 

“Coaching is a way to make a difference in the lives of our student-athletes,” he said. “While it is about building relationships and helping them out, it is also about holding them accountable and encouraging them to be disciplined. I have enjoyed coaching the past 18 years, and I plan to do it again the first opportunity I get. 

“As for now, I plan on spending more time with my wife and my boys. My family and friends have supported me from start to finish, and I really am thankful for that.”

Mitchell Principal Mark Woody is in charge of appointing the athletic director since it is a school-specific position. 

Mitchell County Schools Superintendent Chad Calhoun said the vacancy would likely be filled on an interim basis.

“We don’t know anything about personnel for next year,” Calhoun said. “We don’t know about our funding yet from the state or the county. When we do, we’ll know more about filling it on a more permanent basis.”

Bell said he values the tie he spent as athletic director and offered words of encouragement to former coaching colleagues.

“I’m glad I had the opportunity to lead the athletic department, and I have learned a great deal about accountability, loyalty – what loyalty really is and what it is not – ethics and leadership,” he said. “I encourage you to keep coaching and to keep growing as a coach. Never be satisfied, stay hungry, outwork your opponent, strive for perfection and win and lose with class. I wish you all the best in the future.”

Calhoun praised Bell as a person and as an athletic director.

“He did a fantastic job, and I hate to see him leave,” he said. “He is very professional and always went above and beyond as athletic director.”

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