Bell will be joining the staff as a full-time assistant and Bonner will serve as Director of Basketball Operations as he works toward a Master’s Degree in Arts & Communication.
"I'm thrilled to welcome Coach Bell to the Thunderbird program as an assistant coach,” Robinson said. “Having both coached and played at a very high level, he will have an immediate impact on our program both on the court and in recruiting.
"I'm also excited to welcome Coach Bonner to the Thunderbird family and I appreciate the support of our administration as we have added the Director of Basketball Operations/Video position to our program," Robinson added.
A 2006 graduate of the University of Nevada, Bell has spent the past two seasons on the Wolf Pack coaching staff, serving as a graduate assistant in 2011-12 and as director of basketball operations last season. He also spent a season as a graduate assistant at Wyoming. In 2011-12 he helped the Wolf Pack to a Western Athletic Conference regular-season championship and an NIT berth. As a player, Coach Bell spent two seasons at Nevada, helping the Wolf Pack to a pair of Western Athletic Conference championships and two NCAA appearances. He went on to play three years of professional basketball, in the NBA Developmental League and in Europe, before opting to join the coaching ranks.
“I’m very happy to be joining the Southern Utah Thunderbird basketball family,” Bell said. “I’m excited to get started and to work with Coach Robinson. He’s done a great job in his short time at Southern Utah and I can’t wait to help him continue to build the program.”
Bonner is making a homecoming of sorts as he lived in Cedar City for three years during his teens, playing varsity basketball as a sophomore at Cedar High School in 2002-03 before his family moved to Arizona. He went on to graduate from Mesa’s Mountain View High before moving on to Salt Lake Community College and then to the University of Northern Colorado. In 2009-10 he was named the Big Sky Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year as he helped UNC to a school-record 25-win season. Following his graduation with honors from UNC he spent the past three seasons on former SUU assistant Russell Beck’s staff at Western Nebraska Community College.
“I always wanted to play at Southern Utah but I didn’t get that opportunity so now it means a lot to be able to come back and be a part of the basketball team as a coach,” Bonner noted. “I appreciate the opportunity Coach Robinson has given me and I’m excited to be here.”
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