He has coached 379 games.
He may only have two left.
Madison Central’s Bobby Hall, whose coaching career spans 37 years, will step down at the end of the 2014 season.
Hall calls the decision “the easiest” he’s ever made and said he was not pressured into it. He will remain employed by the Madison County School District through July 31, 2015.
“I’ve just had enough,” Hall said. “I think this program needs a new voice.”
Hall, who also serves as Madison Central’s athletic director, is in his ninth season with the Jags. He’s spent 30 years coaching at the high school level and holds an all-time record of 296-83. His record at Madison Central stands at 85-31.
His storied career is highlighted by regular postseason appearances and state championship wins at Louisville (1991) and Amory (1994, 1995 and 1998).
A release on the Madison County Schools’ website states that a search for Hall’s replacement will begin immediately.
Following practice on Wednesday, Hall held a short team meeting to tell his players the news.
“The meeting was very cold and calculated,” he said. “I did it that way because I didn’t want to get emotional. I wanted them to hear it from me before they heard it on the streets.”
The Jaguars lost 17-10 at Columbus last week. Standing at 4-5 on the season with a 1-4 record in district play, Madison Central is on the verge of missing the playoffs for the first time since 2002. The Jaguars have to beat Northwest Rankin and Greenville in back-to-back games and have Murrah beat Columbus in order to earn the No. 4 seed in region 2-6A.
Injuries have been a major issue for Madison Central in 2014. Since handing Brandon its only loss of the season on Aug. 22, the Jaguars have been plagued with injuries. Eight of their starters haven’t been 100 percent, including Louisville commit and quarterback Trey Smith, who’s seen limited action since sustaining his injury against Petal on Sept. 12.
“If we stay healthy, we’re 8-1,” Hall said. “When you lose the best player in Mississippi and the other ones go down with him, you’re not as good as you were.”
Though his coaching career at Madison Central will end soon, Hall didn’t rule out the possibility of taking another coaching job elsewhere.
“I’ll definitely coach again,” he said. “I’m just going to sit back and see what God has in store for me. I think he’s telling me that I’ve had enough here. I’m at so much peace with my decision.”
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Madison Central coach Bobby Hall will step down at the school after this season. His career included four state championships, three at Amory and one at Louisville.
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