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BCS Remembers Wenonah Coach Emanuel Bell

coach bell BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – (Feb. 1, 2019) – Birmingham City Schools is saddened by the death of longtime Wenonah High School girls’ basketball coach Emanuel Bell. 

Bell, who won five championships as Wenonah’s coach, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, at the age of 64 following a battle with lung cancer. 

He served as Wenonah’s coach since 1996 with an overall record of 530-194 that included six championship appearances, 19 winning seasons, 14 area championships and nine final fours. Additionally, he won the Frank “Pig” House Award from the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, and he was named the 2013 Metro Girls Coach of the Year. 

Reflecting back on her first meeting with Coach Bell, Birmingham City Schools Superintendent Lisa Herring said “One of the first things that I noticed when I met Coach Bell was the bracelet that he was wearing that said ‘Faith Not Fear’.”  “Ironically, those were the exact words that I had used during my interview for this Superintendency. I knew that we had made a special connection that I could feel every time I was in his presence, and I knew that he also had a special connection to the students and this community that he served so bravely during his battle with cancer.”

More than 50 counselors are on-site today to provide comfort and care to students and staff members. Additionally, several local pastors are on-site to provide assistance.


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