UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – Two former Spider standouts were added to the women’s basketball staff as announced by head coach Michael Shafer Thursday.
Danielle Bell, a former four-year member of the Richmond women’s basketball team, joins the staff after stints at Georgia and Auburn. A native of Virginia Beach, Bell earned her degree in Business Administration from the heralded Robins School of Business in 2010.
“It is a pleasure to be able to bring back a former player to the University,” said Shafer. “Danielle is a Virginia native and has had experiences in the SEC at both Georgia and Auburn. We are truly excited to be able to bring back Danielle as a Director of Basketball. This is a new position for us and we feel like we truly got a great person to initiate this role. Danielle will help with many aspects of our program, but certainly will be valuable with helping present the values of our university to our current and potential Spiders. We have really seen Danielle grow from a freshman to a young professional. We can’t wait for her to get started.”
Bell was a four-year letter-winner and two-year starter for the Spiders from 2006-2010. She helped guide the Spiders to consecutive 20-win seasons and two postseason appearances. Bell ranks seventh in the record books with 133 career three-pointers and was tabbed the A-10’s top 3-point shooter as a freshman, connecting on 51.9 percent of her shots from behind the arc. Bell finished with 801 career points and started 66 consecutive games dating back to her junior year.
Natalie Lewis was the Interim Director of Basketball Operations for the 2012-13 season and was promoted to the full-time position at the end of the year.
“We are excited to have Natalie working with us as a full-time Director of Basketball,” said Shafer. “She came in early in the year and did a terrific job. She has a contagious, positive personality and is a joy to work with. Her dedication to Spider athletics and the success she had as a swimmer here should give our current student-athletes another person with Richmond experience they can lean on during the year. We are truly excited to have another Spider remain on staff in Natalie.”
Lewis, a former standout swimmer, graduated in 2011 with a degree in Art History and minor in Elementary Education. Lewis was a four-year varsity letter-winner on the swim team, and a two-time captain (2009-2010, 2010-11). Lewis was the 2010 A-10 Champion in the 400 free relay and helped achieve an NCAA 'B' cut qualification. Lewis graduated a Spider Scholar Athlete and earned a Virginia Teaching License through the school of Continuing Studies in December of 2011.