His 18 years of experience is overwhelming. His passion is unmatched. His philosophy about both life and baseball are inspiring.
Lee Hall is the new head baseball coach at Northview high school. Hall replaces Steve Garrett. Northview fired Garrett last month after 3 seasons.
“I’m real excited to be here and be part of the Northview family,” said Hall.
The new Cougar coach comes to Northview from Southhaven, Mississippi where he coached at Southern Baptist Educational Center.
Northview Athletic Director LaBrian Stewart said about 65-75 coaches expressed interest in the job and the field was narrowed to five.
“When he spoke, you felt the words that he was saying. His vision and presentation were unmatched,” said Stewart about hiring Hall.
“There was something that stood out and I think he’s the right guy for the job,” said Stewart.
When Hall stood up in front of Northview players and parents tonight the first thing he did was introduce his family.
Hall acknowledged his wife Leann, son Carson and daughter Abbey.
“I wouldn’t be where I am today were it not for the support of my wife Leann and my family,” said Hall.
Hall talked to players at length about his coaching philosophy and what he expects from them as both players and people. Hall highlighted four main objectives.
“To build a championship program on and off the field.”
“To create lifetime memories. The biggest thing I want these guys to understand is that their self-worth isn’t determined by their batting average, their possessions or what kind of car they drive.”
“To help mold these young men into great fathers, great husbands, great employees, great bosses,” said Hall.
He told the players there are 3 words they will always hear him say. He said they’ll probably get sick of hearing him repeat them over and over again.
“Will. You must have the will to win.”
“Love. You must love your teammates.”
“Passion. You must have passion to play this great game,” he said.
Hall’s passion for baseball started as a player at Berry High School (now Hoover) in Birmingham. Hall went on to play at the collegiate level at Shelton State, Samford University and Auburn-University at Montgomery. He earned his undergraduate from AUM before obtaining his masters degree at Auburn.
Hall began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Centra Alabama Community College in Alexander City under Larry Giangrosso, his high school coach at Berry. In 1992 Hall and Giangross started up the CACC program and stayed seven years until 1999.
Giangrosso was then hired at UAB and chose Hall as his top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.
It was the frequent travelling and lack of seeing his children grow up that caused Hall to leave the college coaching ranks.
Hall coached at Briarwood Christian, a private school in Birmingham, from 2005-2009 before taking the job at Southern Baptist Educational Center. In 2009, Hall guided the Lions to a class 5A state runner-up finish and a school record 31 wins.
Hall takes over a Cougars program that finished last season 20-23 and lost in the second round of the 6A playoffs to rival Enterprise, 9-6.