Corey Bell joined the UCF football staff as cornerbacks coach in December of 2017.
Bell played an integral role as the Knights completed an undefeated regular season in 2018, ultimately winning their second straight American Athletic Conference Championship and earning a bid to the 2019 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl.
The UCF defense had a stellar 2018 campaign, allowing just 22.7 points per game and ranking sixth in the nation with 28 forced turnovers on the year. The Knights racked up 8.2 tackles-for-loss per game, the fifth most in the nation, and had 29 sacks. Second-half adjustments were key to the Knights’ success, as opponents scored just 8.5 points per second half, including 3.3 points per third quarter.
Under Bell's leadership, both Knight starting cornerbacks earned all-conference honors in 2018, as Nevelle Clarke garnered First Team honors and Brandon Moore received Honorable Mention accolades. Clarke had 46 tackles, 4.0 TFLs, two interceptions, and led the Knights with 13 pass breakups on the season. Moore, meanwhile, added 43 tackles, one interception and 10 pass break-ups.
Bell came to UCF from the University of Florida, where he tutored two Gators to Second Team All-Southeastern Conference honors following the 2017 season. Bell also spent time in 2017 on the staff at South Florida.
From 2014-16, Bell served as Secondary Coach and Assistant Director of Player Personnel at FAU. Bell coached three Owls to four All-Conference USA honors (three honorable mention, one second team). One of Bell's protégés at FAU became just the sixth Owls player to be selected in the NFL Draft in 2015.
Bell has head coaching experience in the high school ranks. He led American High School in Miami from 2011-13, winning three straight district titles. He was also the head coach at Miami Edison from 1997-2007. He was the youngest head coach in the State of Florida when he assumed that role. Bell was the defensive backs coach at Edison in 1996. During his tenure at Edison, Bell coached 84 student-athletes to NCAA Division I scholarships and tutored six All-America performers.
Bell served as the Director of Football Operations at the University of Miami from 2007-10 under Shannon. He is a 1995 graduate of South Carolina and holds a master's degree from Nova (2000).