Whitmer Graduate Jerry Bell Leads Alma Mater to State Semis in First Year

Jerry Bell was just shy of his 16th birthday as a sophomore football player at Whitmer High School in 1988 when he first formulated his dream career.

Bell, who was a senior two-way starter for the Panthers two years later, made it a goal that sophomore year to one day become a teacher and Whitmer’s head football coach.

The first part of that goal was reached shortly after he graduated from the University of Toledo, and these days Bell is a social studies teacher at Jefferson Junior High, one of Whitmer’s two feeder schools.

The second part had to wait a while — 16 years to be exact — as Bell toiled faithfully as a loyal assistant.

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