Tuesday, January 12, 2016

New UIS men's soccer coach Hall knows conference well

Adam Hall is leaving one Great Lakes Valley Conference school to coach another as the new men’s soccer coach at the University of Illinois Springfield.

Hall, 31, was the men’s head coach at Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana, last season. He coached at Ancilla College in Donaldson, Indiana, the previous two years.

Hall has had two head coaching jobs and turned both programs around immediately. Saint Joseph’s produced its first winning record since 2009 with a 9-6-1 finish last fall. The Pumas placed seventh in the GLVC standings, a nine-spot improvement. They also qualified for the GLVC tournament for the first time in 20 years.

At Ancilla, Hall was the 2013 Michigan Community College Athletic Association Coach of the Year after leading the team to the MCCAA title.

“The program hadn’t won a game in two years in the conference and we won it (the conference title) in our first year,” Hall said. “The next year, we were ranked 11th in the nation.

“St. Joe was a good turnaround as well.”

He hopes to turn things around at UIS. The Prairie Stars were 4-12-2 and 2-11-2 last fall.

Hall’s salary at UIS is $45,000.

The story was reported by The State Journal-Register on January 12, 2016.

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