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SEC hires Dr. Jake Bell as coordinator of men’s basketball officials

SEC Basketball Tournament - Ole Miss v Florida

NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 17: Jarvis Summers #32 of the Ole Miss Rebels celebrates their 66 to 63 win over the Florida Gators in the SEC Basketball Tournament Championship game at Bridgestone Arena on March 17, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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The Southeastern Conference announced Monday that they’ve hired Dr. Robert “Jake” Bell as the new coordinator of officials for men’s basketball.

Bell, who previously worked in the same capacity in the Atlantic Sun Conference, replaces Gerald Boudreaux, whose contract was not renewed.

“We are pleased to have someone of Jake’s experience and background to lead the SEC’s men’s basketball officiating program.” Slive said in a release. “His experience as an official and a coordinator will help guide an already solid officiating program. His appointment has the unanimous support of the conference’s 14 athletic directors and 14 head men’s basketball coaches.”

SEC announces A-Sun coordinator Jake Bell as men’s basketball coordinator of officials, replacing Gerald Boudreaux.

— Jon Solomon (@jonsol) June 10, 2013

Bell previously worked as an official in the conference and had been with the A-Sun since 2006. He earned a doctorate from Kentucky in 2003.

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