Flo Bell – Honor Coach

“As an official and as a coach, Flo Bell was a living legend” is how the Howard County Times described Florence Bell at the time of her death in April 2000. Born in Brooklyn, New York, the former Florence Boerckel moved to Maryland when her father was transferred by Westinghouse. She attended Catonsville High School and East Carolina University, where she earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree. She married Tom Bell in 1951. The mother of six, Flo was actively involved in the various sports activities of her children. A coach of women’s lacrosse, tennis, field hockey, basketball, and of course, swimming Flo Bell was a pioneer in Maryland Scholastic women’s sports. A Red Cross volunteer for more than 45 years, she taught swimming, water safety and CPR. An official in multiple sports, Flo travcelled the country and even the world as a highly respected and much sought after referee and umpire renowned for fairness, accuracy and integrity. She coaches in the Central Maryland Swim League for over 25 years. As a coach, official, volunteer, and for her many contributions to women’s athletics in general and swimming specifically, Flo Bell is inducted into the Maryland Swimming Hall of Fame.