On June 12, 2018 The National High School Coaches Association (“NHSCA”) announced Coach Dave Bell, as its National High School Wrestling Coach of the Year.
Over the past 20 years, Bell has built Bergen Catholic into one of the best wrestling programs in the state of New Jersey and nationally. This past season, Bell and his Crusaders, who finished ranked No. 2 in the nation as a team, set a new standard with nine wrestlers finishing in the top eight of their weight class, which gave BC its seventh straight NJSIAA team title. Three BC wrestlers captured individual state titles. In the last two years, BC has seven state champs, giving Bell a total of 14 during his illustrious career.