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Hall, WSSU part ways after 4 years

By Desrick Rhooms
On April 2, 2016

   After yet another dissapointing finish to the season, women’s head basketball coach A.G Hall has decided to resign after coaching his fourth season at Winston-Salem State.

   Hall’s contract expires in August 2016 and Athletic Director Tonia Walker has decided not to extend it.

   Coach Hall began his WSSU tenure during the fall of 2012 and in his first two seasons, he led the Lady Rams to consecutive 15-win seasons.  

   Hall hasn’t had a winning season in the last two seasons and leaves WSSU with sub-.500 career record at 53-57.

   Hall’s resignation was a mutual agreement between him and the University, and it was made in the best interest of the women’s basketball program.

   Walker plans to have a new coach in place by mid-May. She stated that this timeframe is important because this is around the peak of the recruiting season.

Former WSSU women's basketball coach, A.G. Hall.

   “The timing is both a blessing and a curse, for us to be able to recruit a new head coach after the season is ideal because he or she has enough time to get comfortable before the school year starts. However, it is peak recruiting season and the reality is that some recruits will be reluctant to commit because of our current coaching situation,” Walker said.

   It will be up to the diverse search committee to select the head coaching candidates who they feel are qualified enough to be interviewed by Walker. The committee is made up of faculty, administrators, students, alumni, and supporters.

   “The new coach must fit the strategic direction of our program and university and the University must fit on an incoming coach,” Walker said.

   Walker pointed out that there are several coaches on the market that come to mind whom she’s sure will apply.

   Walker said that there weren’t any players who reached out and expressed their feelings about the resignation to her; all conversations were about the future and what they needed and looked for in a coach. 

   Despite having a new head coach next season, there are still high expectations for the program next year.

   “The goal is always to bring home the championship, as a team we all want to play to our full potentials. We’re working to make the next year a memorable one for sure,” said Tiana Edwards, a sophomore exercise science major from Wilmington, N.C.  

    Edwards has been one of the bright spots on the team, leading the team in scoring before she was hampered by injuries that caused her to miss a lot of the season and the CIAA tournament.

   Winning the CIAA Southern Division and the CIAA Championship are just some of the goals that Walker has in mind for the team next year.

   “This team is packed with talent; I was extremely proud of their CIAA tournament performance and I challenged them to begin working on next year’s success,” Walker said.

   Although the team is rebuilding after losing in the second round of the CIAA tournament and having to replace a head coach, the players are determined to build off last year.

   “One major thing coach harped on was that life moves forward. Whether we like it or not, we have to pick ourselves up and find the next plan of action, and that’s exactly what we’re doing,” Edwards said.

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