Will Hall (American football)
May 10, 1980 |
|Alma mater||University of North Alabama|
|1999–2000||NW Mississippi C.C.|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|2005||Henderson State (AC)|
|2006||Southwest Baptist (OC)|
|2008–2010||West Alabama (OC)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|3x Gulf South (2012, 2013, 2015) & 2x Super Region 2 Championship (2014,2015)|
|Harlon Hill Trophy (2003)|
Will Hall (born May 10, 1980) is the offensive coordinator at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. He was formerly the head football coach at the University of West Georgia. He grew up in Mississippi and attended the University of North Alabama where he played quarterback from 2002 to 2003. He won the Harlon Hill Trophy in 2003. He began his coaching career in 2004 and held assistant coaching positions at Presbyterian, Henderson State, Southwest Baptist, Arkansas-Monticello and West Alabama. Hall was promoted as West Alabama's head football coach on November 17, 2010, after the retirement of Bobby Wallace. He served as head coach of the Tigers from 2011 to 2013 and compiled a record of 25–11 and won a pair of Gulf South Conference championships. In November 2013, Hall resigned his position at West Alabama and became the head coach at West Georgia. In 2015 he won a share of the GSC championship with his predecessor Bobby Wallace. On January 18, 2017, he accepted the offensive coordinator position for the Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns. At UL-L he is reunited with Mark Hudspeth who was his head coach when he played at University of North Alabama.
A native of Amory, Mississippi, Hall graduated from Amory High School. Playing for his father Bobby Hall, Will led the 1998 Amory Panthers squad to the MHSAA Class 3A State Championship. After high school, he attended Northwest Mississippi Community College where he played quarterback for the Rangers for the 1999 and 2000 seasons. Both seasons at Northwest, Hall was named a NJCAA Football All-American. In 2000 he set a NJCAA record for total offense in a season with 4,075 total yards (93 rushing and 3,982 passing). Hall also set a NJCAA record when he threw nine touchdown passes in a 69–37 victory over East Mississippi Community College in the 2000 season.
After Northwest Mississippi, Hall attended the University of North Alabama where he lettered as quarterback for the Lions for the 2002 and 2003 seasons. Following the 2003 season he won the Harlon Hill Trophy as the top player in NCAA Division II football. He won the award after leading the Lions to a 13–1 record en route to the semifinals of the NCAA Division II playoffs. For the season, Hall completed 71.8 percent of his passes in throwing for 3,531 yards and 30 touchdowns. He also rushed for 467 yards and five touchdowns.
After participating in the 2004 Cactus Bowl(although at what capacity is unknown), Hall signed a contract to play for the Tupelo FireAnts of the National Indoor Football League for the 2004 season. Playing once again for his father, who was the head coach for the team, during the fourteen game season he passed for 2,046 yards and 44 touchdowns. Hall also rushed for 422 yards and thirteen touchdowns.
Assistant coaching career
Hall started his coaching career as the quarterbacks coach at Presbyterian College in 2004. From Presbyterian he went to Henderson State University for 2005, Southwest Baptist University for 2006 and the University of Arkansas at Monticello for 2007. In December 2007 Hall was hired to serve as offensive coordinator at the University of West Alabama Under his leadership, the Tigers' offense saw significant improvement, and by 2010 led the Gulf South Conference in pass efficiency with a 155.8 rating. During his tenure West Alabama had consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 1991–92 and to the NCAA second round of the 2009 Division II playoffs.
Head coaching career
On November 17, 2010, Hall was promoted from his position of offensive coordinator to head coach effective January 1, 2011, to replace the retiring Bobby Wallace. In his first season as head coach, Hall led the Tigers to an 8–3 regular season, but lost in the first round of the 2011 Division II playoffs to his alma mater North Alabama. For his efforts, Hall was named the 2011 Gulf South Conference Co-Coach of the Year and was given a contract extension through the 2014 season. In 2012, Hall led the Tigers to an overall record of nine wins and two losses, to the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs and to the first outright Gulf South championship in the history of the program. In 2013 he led his team to back to back Gulf South conference champion. In 2013, Hall led the Tigers to a share of the GSC conference championship with North Alabama.
On November 22, 2013, Hall was officially introduced as the new head coach for the West Georgia Wolves. In his first season with the Wolves, Hall led West Georgia to the Division II championship semifinals where they lost to eventual national champions CSU–Pueblo and finished the season with a record of 12–3. He went on in 2015 to with share of GSC title (with North Alabama) and lose to the eventual national champion Northwest Missouri State.
Head coaching record
|West Alabama Tigers (Gulf South Conference) (2011–2013)|
|2011||West Alabama||8–4||2–2||T–2nd||L NCAA Division II First Round|
|2012||West Alabama||9–4||4–0||1st||L NCAA Division II Second Round|
|West Georgia Wolves (Gulf South Conference) (2014–present)|
|2014||West Georgia||12–3||5–2||3rd||L NCAA Division II Semifinals|
|2015||West Georgia||12–2||6-1||T-1st||L NCAA Division II Semifinals|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
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- Carroll, Andrew (November 20, 2011). "UWA no match for Lions in rematch". The Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved November 22, 2011.
- Hall, Lindsey (December 12, 2011). "Will Hall gets contract extension". Meridian, Mississippi: WTOK.com. Retrieved December 20, 2011.
- "West Alabama wins first outright Gulf South Conference Championship". AL.com. November 8, 2012. Retrieved November 24, 2012.
- Champlin, Drew (November 21, 2013). "West Alabama's Will Hall to be named head coach at West Georgia". AL.com. Retrieved November 21, 2013.
- Kosmider, Nick (December 13, 2014). "CSU–Pueblo beats West Georgia to advance to Division II national championship". The Devner Post. Retrieved January 4, 2015.