MINERVA — Minerva Local Schools has made its choice for its head football coaching position and that choice is Mike Hall.
Hall has served as the offensive coordinator at Perry High School since 2005. Before that, he coached at Wickliffe High School from 1992-2003, with the final five years as head coach.
While serving as head coach at Wickliffe, he led his teams to four state playoff berths, reaching the regional finals once.
Hall graduated from Warren Harding in 1987. He attended Kent State University, earning a bachelors in mathematics in 1992 and a masters in administration in 1998.
“The committee was looking for an outstanding classroom teacher, a proven leader, a program developer, someone with high character and a knowledge of the game and we have found that in Mike Hall,” stated Minerva Superintendent Joe Chaddock. “Mike will be a good fit for this community.”
The hiring committee consisted of Chaddock, Principal Mike Riley, Assistant Principal Alex Albert, and Athletic Director and Assistant Principal Don Spinell.
According to Chaddock, the board was also involved with the search.
“Mike met with board members Stan Pennock and Jeff Evans four several hours this week, and both agreed that Mike was the man for the job,” commented Chaddock.
Hall has taught mathematics for 21 years. He eventually will be hired as a teacher at Minerva.
“This is a great opportunity for me,” commented coach Hall. “Minerva seems like a close-knit community, where everybody knows everybody. It reminds me a lot of my time at Wickliffe.
“For me, small-school football is more genuine, more pure. It’s played on a more intimate setting.”
Hall’s offensive roots are in theWing-T.
“I recently had a conversation with (Perry) coach Keith Wakefield and he said there are two pure forms of offense, the veer and the Wing-T,” noted Coach Hall. “Everything else has been adapted from those. I’m a misdirection-type guy. I’m not a traditionalist. I’ll use my Wing-T philosophy and adjust it to my talent.
“On defense, I like the 50 multiple. I believe the 50 can adjust to any set it faces and the kids can still maintain their reads and responsibilities.”
Mike and his wife, Sandy, reside in Massillon. She is a special education teacher at Perry.
“I’ve always lived near where I’ve coached, and there’s a good possibility we will move into the school district,” stated Hall. “With my wife working at Perry, and how the real estate market is, it may take a couple of years.
“For me, coaching is not a three-month responsibility. I like to get invested in the community where I teach and coach. I like to attend other activities, and it makes it a lot easier to do all this if I live close,” Hall closed.