AMHERST, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- Today, UMass Amherst welcomed coach Walt Bell to their squad.

Bell is the 30th head football coach in school history, replacing Mark Whipple.

Whipple was with UMass for the past five seasons before they mutually parted ways in November. 

The school is hopeful that Bell will bring more victories than Whipple did, whose teams managed just 16 wins in five seasons. 

For the last 12 years, Bell has worked his way up the coaching ladder in college football.

He spent some time with North Carolina, where he was the tight ends coach. The same year Eric Ebron, who now plays for the Indianapolis Colts, was a stand out in college football.

The past 3 years Bell has been leading the offenses of Maryland and most recently, Florida State.

The details of Bell's contract have yet to be released.

If it's anything like Mark Whipple, he could be making roughly half a million dollars, or the market at least dictates as such.

UMass is hopeful that hiring Bell will put UMass football back on the map, which the team has been absent from since making the jump to Football Bowl Subdivision.

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