ALVA, Okla. (12-1-11) - A veteran collegiate coach with experience from junior college to Division I has been selected to become the new head football coach at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.
Alan Hall was introduced to the media, players and fans at a news conference Thursday.
Hall comes to Northwestern after serving for a year as athletic director and head football coach at Bible Baptist School in Savannah, Ga. Prior to that, Hall was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Savannah State University.
“The football program at Northwestern is nationally-recognized at the small college level, and there is a long history of success,” Hall said. “I am honored to have the opportunity to lead this program and hope to build on the traditions that come with being a Ranger.
“I want to thank President (Janet) Cunningham and Andy Carter for the opportunity. I will work tirelessly to build a program that will be a source of pride for the University. To the fans, and to all of those who wore a Ranger uniform in the past, I promise that you will see a team that will play with great intensity and passion.”
Carter, director of athletics, said Hall’s coaching experience, along with his mentorship of student-athletes and positive rapport with fans and supporters, placed Hall at the top of the list.
“Coach Hall has all of the characteristics and skills necessary to successfully lead our program into Division II,” Carter said. “We want our football program to succeed on the field and our players to excel in the classroom and in their personal development. I am confident that Coach Hall is the right person at the right time to make this happen.”
Hall played collegiately at the University of Miami (Fla.) and was a member of the Hurricanes’ 1991 national championship team. Hall was the backup to Heisman Trophy winner Gino Torretta. Hall later transferred and eventually earned his bachelor’s degree from Charter Oak (Conn.) State College. He also holds a master’s degree from the University of West Alabama.
Hall began his coaching career as offensive line coach and director of football operations at Monterey Peninsula College (Calif.) in 1997. He spent several years coaching at the junior college level, including stops at Jayhawk Conference schools Independence Community College and Dodge City Community College.
In 2003, Hall became assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Division II Newberry (S.C.) College. His 2004 and 2005 teams finished in the top 25 in total offense, and he coached a candidate for the Harlon Hill Trophy, the Division II award for the nation’s top player.
Hall joined the Division I ranks in 2008 as offensive coordinator at Savannah State University. He later took a similar position at Winston-Salem (N.C.) State University before returning to Savannah State.
In his career, Hall has coached four players who went on to compete in the National Football League and four junior college All-Americans.
Thu, December 1, 2011
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