December 6th, 2018 | by CollegeAD

“Walt won the job,” UMass AD Ryan Bamford said. “He just came in and he had me convinced the first time I started talking to him. “That was arguably one of the best conversations I’ve had with a coaching candidate as an AD,” Bamford added. “It really led me to believe in him.” New football coach Walt Bell will be paid $625,000 annually over the term of his five-year contract, which also includes a retention bonus that will be paid after each of the first four years on July 1. As part of the agreement, UMass will be increasing its salary pool for Bell’s 10 assistant coaches and two strength coaches from roughly $1.2 million to $1.5 million. “He had the absolute best plan of attack for us,” Bamford said. “He was one of the only people that came in and said I don’t care that we’re independent, I’ve looked at your schedule, I’ve looked at your roster, I looked at where you get kids from.’ He had it broken down by ratio of so and so is from here and we’re getting so much percentage from … all these different areas. The fact he said within a six-hour radius of this place, we need to recruit and it needs to be a good portion of our talent base. “Those things and the opportunity for him to come in and establish a plan and tell me what that plan was … that was what won it.” -Josh Walfish, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Read More

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