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Alan W. Hall

He is living proof that you do not have to be an athlete to be successful in athletics. A chance meeting with Hall of Famer Kenneth “Red” Cochrane through a mutual friend changed Hall’s course in life. Cochrane asked Hall for help at football games. Soon Hall was hired to assist Cochraneon on a full time basis that lasted 14 years. “I had absolutely no athletic ability,” said Hall. He, however, was a great student and had great mentors in Cochrane, Andy Malike and Tom Evans – also hall of famers. Then, too, Hall was a workaholic. He had to be as he was administrative assistant, sports publicist, intramural director, manager of Memorial Hall, physical education instructor, head cross country coach and assistant track coach. Success came quickly to Hall who reestablished cross country at UA in 1956. It included carving out a running course at the Goodyear Metropolitan Park, the same course that area high schools and colleges use today. During his 12-year tenure, he directed the Zip Harriers to Ohio Conference Championships in 1963, ’64, ’65 and All-Ohio titles in 1962, ’63 and ’65. His 1963 team finished runner up in the NCAA National College Division Championship, the highest finish in UA history. From 1962 thru ’65, Hall’s teams won 32 of 35 meets and he was voted Ohio Coach of the Year in 1963 and 1965. In 1968 he became the athletic director at Edinboro State (PA) where in 13 years he built the program from five to 22 sports. Hall was inducted into the sports hall of fame at UA in 1988 and at Edinboro in 1996.

Inducted 1997 | Coach, Administrator