DOTHAN, AL -- Northview Head baseball Coach Lee Hall is leaving the Cougars program to coach the Randolph Raiders in Huntsville.
In his two seasons at Northview Lee Hall coached the Cougars to a 56-25 record. This past season Hall guided the Cougars to the quarterfinals of the 6A State Playoffs.
The Cougars finished with 32 wins, the 2nd most in school history. During Lee’s time at Northview, he helped nine players sign baseball scholarships.
Hall's statement on his departure is included below:
First and foremost, I want to thank Mr. Shaw, Coach Stewart, and Coach Noble for giving me the opportunity to be the baseball coach here at Northview. They believed in me after I had been out of the state for two years coaching and gave me the chance to come back to Alabama. Second, I want to thank the players that accepted me as their coach and believed in me and did everything I asked them to do. Third, I want to thank all the parents for allowing me the special opportunity to be their sons coach, as well as, all the hard work they invested in the program through fundraising which allowed us to run a first class program! Finally, I want to thank all of our coaches (Jonathan Rasberry, Seth Graham, Joel Harvin, Dion Bryant and Will Matheson) that have helped mold these players into young men on and off the field. The success on the scoreboard has been wonderful over these past two years but even more rewarding has been watching our players develop as men in all areas of their lives. Yes, we won lots of games over my two years here (56-24) but I will not truly know how successful I was as their coach until 10 years down the road. I truly believe that is the mark of a great coach, what did the players take from you, and the program, that has prepared them to be great husbands, fathers and leaders in society. Our family will miss Northview and all the friends we have made along the way. Thank you for a great two years.
Why are we leaving Northview:
Every decision I have made since 2002 has been based on what is best for my family. In 2002 I walked away from my dream of becoming a Division 1 head baseball coach. At the time I was serving as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at UAB. I had just completed my 12th year as a college coach. I will never forget coming off the road recruiting and giving my oldest son Carson a bath (he was 4 at the time). I was drying him off and could not believe how much he had grown. I went into the kitchen to see my wife with tears rolling down my cheek and asked, “where have those 6 inches gone” and she said, “ you are never home!” Wow, at that moment I made a commitment to Leanne and my family that I was going to be a husband and dad first so I walked away from my dreams so I could be part of their dreams and be the best husband and father I could be. Since that time, every move I have made in my coaching career has been prayed over and decided on the one question, what is best for my family? Leaving Northview has nothing to do with Northview, but has everything to do what is best for my family as we move forward. The needs we have for our family at this time in our lives (we are having our fourth child in September) are going to be best met at Randolph School in Huntsville. I have a growing need to be closer to my parents as they are aging and my dad is not able to take care of himself like he use to. My mom has a lot of extra strain on her as being his care giver. Although Randolph is not in Birmingham, it does put me closer to my parents and allows me the opportunity to provide them better assistance than does living in Dothan. Northview has been a special place for our family and we are so thankful to everyone that has impacted our lives in a positive way!