What's the Word: An Interview with Vaughn College's Rob Bell
by Nigel Chiwaya
Oct 01, 2009 | 1773 views | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Rob Bell, a senior at Vaughn College, has been with the Men’s basketball team since its days in the New York Urban Professionals league. Last season, Bell was on hand as the team began playing other college clubs, and this season Bell and the rest of the Warriors will take on new challenges as a member of the Hudson Valley Men’s Athletic Conference. Bell sat down with the Queens Ledger/Brooklyn Star to speak about life on a relatively new basketball team.

Question: What’s it like playing on such a new squad?

Bell: It’s great. My freshman year we played as a club team in the New York Urban League, so it’s a great for me because I’m one of the guys that started the club. It’s great to see the end result of what we were working for.”

Q: How big of a difference is it to go from playing accountants and old guys to playing college teams?

Bell: It’s a big difference. Before, we played like we were in the park, now we’re playing against college guys, guys who trained and practiced all summer. It’s different from playing a stock broker. These guys are overall more relentless, and it’s made us play better as a team.

Q: What’s it like having Amy Mulligan as a head coach?

Bell: It’s an advantage, because she coached at the highest level [Division I at Dartmouth]. She also played her high school ball at the highest level [Christ the King]. She gives an advantage that other teams don’t have.

Q: What’s the difference between the guys you played with freshman year and the guys you’re playing with now?

Bell: The guys I’m playing with now are more organized. We’ve got guys that played high school basketball now. I didn’t play high school ball, I played AAU ball, and all of the guys from my freshman year are gone, so it’s different now.

Q: What would make this a good season?

Bell: A good season for us would be to win it all. We don’t have any other goals except for winning the division this year.

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