In 1963, Russell accepted a job at William Penn High School in High Point as a history teacher and assistant basketball coach. In 1965, Russell returned to William Penn to serve as Dean of Students and Director of Athletics and remained there until the school closed. In 1989, Russell retired from the public school system and accepted a position as Supervisor of Basketball Officials for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. In 1970, Russell became a pioneer for minority basketball officials by becoming the first african-american to officiate for the Atlantic Coast Conference and later served as president of the ACC Officials Association for ten years. Russell was appointed to officiate at the International Jones Cup Basketball Tournament in the Republic of China and represented the U.S. Government by conducting basketball officiating clinics to train military personnel in Frankfurt, Germany, Izmir, Turkey, Athens, Greece and Aviano, Italy. Russell is a member of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Hall of Fame and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Hall of Fame as a basketball official.