One of Mississippi high school football’s legends will retire at the end of the 2014 season.
Madison Central’s Bobby Hall confirmed to The Clarion-Ledger that he will finish out his coaching duties before stepping down.
Hall, who also serves as Madison Central’s athletic director, is in his ninth season with the Jags.
The Clarion-Ledger’s Coach of the Year in 1995, Hall’s coaching career spans 37 years, with 30 of those spent at the high school level. He holds an all-time record of 296-83. His record at Madison Central stands at 85-31.
Hall calls his decision to step down “the easiest decision I’ve ever made.” 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.”
At the end of Wednesday’s practice, Hall held a brief team meeting to alert his players of 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 were handed a 17-10 loss at Columbus last week. Standing at 4-5 on the season with a 1-4 record in region 2-6A, Madison Central will have to beat Northwest Rankin and Greenville in back-to-back games and have Murrah beat Columbus in order to make the playoffs.
Since handing Brandon its only loss of the season, the Jaguars have lost eight starters to season-ending injuries, including quarterback Trey Smith who has seen limited action after sustaining an injury at Petal.
“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.”
While his coaching career at Madison Central will draw to a close, Hall didn’t rule out the possibility of coaching again in the future.
“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.”
News of Hall’s retirement was first reported by ESPN 105.9 ‘The Zone.’
Bobby Hall’s coaching career
1978-79: Assistant coach, Itawamba AHS
1980-83: Head coach, Raleigh
1984-89: Head coach, Amory (Went to the state championship in 1987 and 1988)
1990-92: Head coach, Louisville (Won state championship in 1991)
1993-99: Head coach, Amory (Won state championship in 1994, 1995 and 1998. Went 15-0 in each of those three seasons.)
2000: Head coach, Wayne County
2001-02: Head coach, NE Community College
2003: Head coach, Tupelo Fire Ants
2004-05: Quarterbacks coach, Murray State
2006-present: Head coach, Madison Central
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