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Hall moving on up ... to varsity soccer

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Brian Hall has been named the new varsity boys soccer coach at Halifax County High School. From left, athletics director Allen Lawter, Hall, principal Michael Lewis and associate principal Kelvin Davis
SoVaNow.com / February 16, 2017
Brian Hall is the new boys varsity soccer coach at Halifax County High School, taking over for Marcus Hargrave, who recently resigned.

Hall’s appointment became official Tuesday.

Hall is moving up from the jayvee ranks. He served as the head coach for the jayvees last season, but also has extensive experience in travel and youth soccer.

HCHS principal Michael Lewis said he was looking forward to a relationship that can be long-standing, with the goal to advance the boys soccer program here.

“We think he’s the right person for that job,” said Lewis.

Athletics director Allen Lawter also noted the Comets are happy to have Hall on board.

Halifax is looking forward to a successful season and more success in the program, Lawter said.

Hall thanked God for the opportunity. The new coach also thanked his wife for her support, along with his dad. He also expressed appreciation to the administration for the opportunity.

Halifax soccer has considerable senior experience this season. Hall has worked with some of these students before, and seemed positive about this spring.

“I have high expectations for this year,” said Hall, noting the squad has a lot of seniors he has worked with since the ninth grade.

“I’ve seen a lot of guys mature, step up in leadership roles. It’s important they help me with their physical abilities at practice and on the field. Also, it’s more important they step up in these leadership roles and guide those around them,” said Hall.

Hall said it will be a huge benefit that he has helped coach these seniors, adding”they know what I expect.”

Hall noted he grew up here, played high school soccer for the Comets, and believes soccer is growing in the community.

Hall wants to continue to spur that growth.

He also pointed to the influence of youth soccer and AYSO teams. He explained the more people interested in the sport at a younger age, and the more people here are involved in the community programs, “the more competitive this program will be,” Hall said.

The new coach said he plans to make some changes. He didn’t point to any previous coaching errors, but said he wants to do some things differently.

Certain aspects of the program will change, but overall, Hall does not foresee drastic changes.

Formations, some practice issues and some philosophical elements of the program seem headed for change.

“We’re still expected to work just as hard at practice as on the game field,” said Hall.

Hall plans an outreach to local travel and AYSO soccer programs. He started in AYSO and also has travel soccer experience. He estimated he spent ten years in the local programs. “My goal would be to try to do clinics several times a year,” said Hall. He hopes to bring some of the leaders off his team to help run the program.

Hall added he feels humbled, blessed and grateful for the new head coaching assignment. He does not take the new job lightly. Hall also emphasized the idea of building on the foundation that previous soccer coaches helped establish.

Halifax plans to move quickly in terms of filling out the staff to support Hall, Lewis said. Spring tryouts start Tuesday.





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