After graduation from Akron East High in 1928 as an All-City and All-Ohio gridder, William M. "Bill" Bell was the first member of his race between 1897 and 1929 to make the Ohio State University football team. He was voted All-Big Ten tackle and landed on several All-American teams in 1931 including that of the Associated Press. His first coaching job was as a Howard U assistant. Then followed head coach positions at Claflin College and Florida A. and M. where his teams won conference titles. Later his Tuskegee Army Air Field gridders won 15 of 16 games which earned him his postwar job as professor and director of physical education and varsity athletics at North Carolina A. and T.