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Danny Hall is a winner.
Hall’s tenure at Georgia Tech has been his most successful, as he is the all-time winningest baseball coach in program history with 988 victories on The Flats.
Hall has led Tech to the NCAA Tournament on 20 occasions and guided the Yellow Jackets to the NCAA College World Series in 1994, 2002 and 2006 -- the program’s only three berths.
Hall became Georgia Tech’s winningest coach in 2005 with his 505th win (surpassing Jim Morris), and his Tech teams have posted an overall record of 988-505-1 in his 24 years at the helm of the Yellow Jackets’ program. His 30-year head coaching record, which includes six seasons at Kent State, stands at 1,196-622-1.
Over his 24 years in the dugout at Tech, Hall’s Yellow Jackets have won close to 60 percent of their Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season games.
The 2018 season will be his 25th on The Flats and his 31st overall as a collegiate head coach. He ranks 26th all-time among all NCAA Division I baseball coaches with 1,196 career wins as a head coach. He also stands seventh among active coaches in number of victories (1,196) and ranks in the top 15 in career winning percentage (.658).
During a collegiate coaching career that spans 40 years (as a graduate assistant, an assistant and a head coach), Hall has been part of 1,633 victories and seven trips to the College World Series.
Each of Hall’s Tech teams have been powered by a potent offense, leading or finishing second in the ACC in batting or run production in 13 of his 24 years as the Yellow Jackets’ head coach; most recently finishing second in the ACC in 2016 with a team batting average of .307 on the season.
Hall’s players have earned 114 all-ACC honors in his 24 years, while 37 different players have garnered a total of 94 all-America honors. He has coached two National Players of the Year, two National Freshmen of the Year, one ACC Player of the Year, one ACC Pitcher of the Year and three ACC Rookies of the Year.
In addition to the three College World Series appearances and 20 NCAA berths under Hall, the Yellow Jackets have claimed five ACC tournament titles (2000, 2003, 2005, 2012, 2014) and won the ACC regular season five times (1997, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2011).
Since Hall’s arrival in 1994, a staggering 117 Yellow Jackets have been selected in the Major League Baseball Draft a total of 134 times -- that includes a school-record 10 draft picks in 2004, 2007 and 2010, and a record five top-10 round picks in 2013. Thirteen of his student-athletes have been selected in either the first or supplemental round, while 59 have been taken in the first 10 rounds. A total of 61 players have been drafted out of hight school but have chosen instead to play for Hall at Georgia Tech.
Hall’s no-nonsense, professional approach has given his players the fundamentals they need to be successful after leaving Georgia Tech. That is indicated in the number of his former players that have excelled on the MLB level, headlined by Matt Wieters of the Washington Nationals, Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies, Derek Dietrich of the Miami Marlins, Buck Farmer of the Detroit Tigers, Blake Wood of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and former MLB stars Mark Teixeira, Nomar Garciaparra, Jason Varitek and Jay Payton.
The success of Hall’s players in professional baseball is molded by their accomplishments at Tech, as his Yellow Jacket teams have advanced to 20 NCAA Regionals in 24 seasons. Georgia Tech has posted 52 NCAA tournament victories since his arrival, winning six NCAA Regional titles and a pair of NCAA Super Regional crowns in both 2002 and 2006.
Just as Hall stresses the importance of on-field performance, his student-athletes have been equally successful in the classroom. Over 200 of his student-athletes have been named to the ACC honor roll (with a 3.0 or higher grade point average) and nine have earned academic all-America honors on 13 occasions.
Hall has worked tirelessly to keep his former Yellow Jackets connected to the program. Through annual events like golf outings or offseason training sessions, Tech baseball alums can always be seen on The Flats.
Hall and Teixeira helped spearhead a major renovation to Russ Chandler Stadium in 2014-15, with Phase II of that project in the beginning stages now.
The Mark Teixeira Locker Room was part of a multi-million dollar overhaul to the Yellow Jackets’ team facility, which also included a state-of-the-art weight room, academic center and new athletic training facilities.
In his first year at Georgia Tech, Hall guided an extremely talented and veteran unit with four all-Americans and three first-round draft choices to the brink of a national championship, Georgia Tech’s first-ever appearance in the College World Series, and a 50-17 record. Hall was recognized by his American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) peers as Coach of the Year in the Atlantic Region, and may have won the national honor if not for the unranked-to-national title season put together by Oklahoma’s Larry Cochell. Three Yellow Jackets earned consensus first-team all-America recognition and those three players finished in the top three in the conference batting stats, a first in ACC history.
Hall guided Tech back to the NCAA Regionals in 1995 and 1996 with teams dominated by freshmen and sophomores. His 1997 squad captured its first ACC regular season title in just his fourth year on The Flats and played in the NCAA Mideast Regional. In addition to earning his first ACC Coach of the Year accolade in 1997, the Yellow Jackets’ skipper was named the National Coach of the Year by Sporting News, the first such honor for any Tech baseball coach.
After the Yellow Jackets failed to earn an NCAA Regional bid in 1999 for the first time since his arrival at Tech, Hall guided the Jackets to one of their most successful seasons in 2000 - capturing both the ACC regular season and tournament championships in addition to the NCAA Atlanta Regional title. The team concluded the year with a 50-16 record, and Hall was tabbed the ACC’s Coach of the Year for the second time.
Following another 40-win season in 2001, the sixth since Hall took over the reins in 1994, the Jackets’ skipper guided Tech to just its second College World Series appearance in 2002 by turning in one of the best coaching jobs of his career, leading a Tech team that included 17 freshmen and only three seniors back to Omaha. The Yellow Jackets swept through the NCAA Atlanta Regional and the NCAA Atlanta Super Regional with a perfect 5-0 record before finishing fifth at the College World Series. They concluded the 2002 campaign with 52 victories, establishing a school record for wins in a season.
Hall led Georgia Tech to its sixth ACC championship, and second in four years under his direction, with an improbable run to the title in 2003. An early-round loss, combined with weather issues, forced Tech to play a triple-header on the final day of competition, with Hall guiding the Yellow Jackets to a 10-6 win over North Carolina, a 10-7 win over Florida State and a 6-5, 10-inning victory over NC State to claim the title in the first triple-header sweep in league history.
In 2004, the Yellow Jackets captured their third ACC regular season title under Hall while the team made its fifth-straight NCAA appearance and 10th since Hall’s arrival on The Flats. Tech hosted an NCAA Regional for the fourth time in five years and advanced to an NCAA Super Regional for the third time since 2000. From 2004-05, Hall directed Tech to an ACC-record 25-straight conference wins, and the Yellow Jacket skipper was awarded with his third ACC Coach of the Year award honor after guiding Tech to both the 2005 ACC regular season and tournament titles.
Georgia Tech, which earned a top-eight national seed in the NCAA Tournament for the fourth-consecutive year, made its third-straight NCAA Super Regional appearance the following season in 2006 and advanced to its third College World Series since Hall’s arrival. Hosting an NCAA Regional for the fifth-straight year, Tech swept through the regional and then the super regional with a perfect 5-0 record before ending the 2006 season in Omaha with a 50-10 overall record.
With a squad that was among the youngest in the nation in 2011, Tech tied a school record with 22 ACC wins and claimed the ACC regular season title. The following year, 2012, may go down as one of Hall’s best coaching jobs on The Flats. A team that was battered with injuries, especially in the bullpen, snuck into the ACC Tournament on the final day of the regular season and got hot at just the right time. Tech rolled through Greensboro an undefeated 4-0, becoming the first No. 8 seed in conference history to win the title and the first to defeat a No. 1 seed (Florida State) in tournament play. The Jackets hit .329 overall as a team and outscored the opposition 35-15.
Tech’s 8-5 win over Miami in the 2012 ACC title game was Hall’s fourth win in five ACC championship game appearances.
The Jackets bashed their way out of the gate in 2013, opening the season 14-2 with staggering offensive numbers. Tech set a school record by scoring double-digit runs in nine-straight games and 14 of the first 21. Paced with home run power from eventual all-Americans Daniel Palka and Zane Evans, Tech finished the season leading the ACC with 58 home runs and was second in both batting average (.304) and slugging percentage.
The Jackets won series over No. 2 North Carolina and No. 5 Virginia during the regular season, beat No. 7 Florida State in the ACC Tournament and knocked off No. 2 Vanderbilt, 5-0, during the NCAA Nashville Regional - the 18th NCAA trip in Hall’s 20 seasons at Tech.
Tech was one of the nation’s youngest teams again in 2014, starting as many as six true freshmen position players. Yet Hall was able to mold the group into champions as the Yellow Jackets, the ACC’s ninth seed, made a remarkable run through Greensboro and captured the program’s ninth ACC Tournament title.
The team did its damage with pitching and defense, shaving nearly a full run off its ERA from 2013 and setting the school record for fielding percentage (.974) while leading the nation in double plays (77).
Tech reached the NCAA Regional for the 19th time under Hall in 2014, following a regular season that included series wins over then No. 1 Florida State, No. 22 Miami, No. 13 North Carolina, Georgia, Duke and Virginia Tech.
In 2015, freshman Kel Johnson became the 20th player under Coach Hall to earn freshman all-America honors as the Yellow Jackets finished the season at 32-23 overall, including a stellar record of 21-8 at home on the year. Four Jackets in Matt Gonzalez, A.J. Murray, Brandon Gold and Johnson all earned all-ACC honors, as Tech saw its season cut short in the ACC Championship Tournament for the first time since 2007, ending a streak of seven-straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
The Yellow Jackets got back on track in a huge way in 2016, as Coach Hall’s squad swarmed out of the gates with 12-straight wins to start the season off at 12-0. Despite hitting a rough patch midseason, which was caused by a slew of injuries to the pitching rotation, the Yellow Jackets made their 31st overall NCAA Regional appearance, 20th under Coach Hall, and finished the injury plagued season at 38-25 overall.
The only school from the state of Georgia to advance to the NCAA postseason in 2016, Tech went 2-2 in the regional to finish as the runner-up.
With their NCAA Gainesville Regional appearance, the Jackets have made 28 NCAA Regional appearances in the last 32 years, the fourth-most by any school during that same span (Florida State – 32, Miami – 31, LSU – 29).
Coach Hall’s squad registered a non-conference midseason sweep of the eventual 2016 NCAA National Champions in Coastal Carolina from April 29 thru May 1, taking three-straight from the Chanticleers by scores of 9-1, 9-8 and 4-2 in a shortened-contest. On top of the sweep over the eventual national champions, the Jackets also took two-of-three games on the road at both No. 3 North Carolina and No. 23 Clemson in ACC play and used a three-run 10th inning to upend Georgia 6-3 in the Yellow Jackets’ final game at Turner Field.
Freshmen Joey Bart and Tristin English were both named to the 2016 Louisville Slugger freshman all-American team and the ACC all-freshman team, while English was also named to the D1Baseball freshman all-American second team. Pitcher Matthew Gorst earned a spot on the NCBWA all-American second team, while a number of Yellow Jackets earned all-ACC honors in English (first team), Kel Johnson (first team), Matt Gonzalez (first team), Brandon Gold (second team), Gorst (second team), and Connor Justus (third team). Gorst, Gonzalez and Gold were all also named to the 2016 ABCA/Rawlings Atlantic all-region team, the first Jackets to receive all-region honors since 2013. A total of five Yellow Jackets – Justus, Gonzalez, Gold, Gorst and Arden Pabst where selected in the 2016 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft in June, the most picks by the Yellow Jackets in a single season since seven were chosen in 2013. One of only 32 NCAA Division I baseball programs to earn the 2015-16 American Baseball Coaches Association Team Academic Excellence Award, Tech had four players in Ben Parr, Johnson, Trevor Craport and Brandt Stallings named to the 2016 all-ACC academic team.
In 2017, the Jackets were hindered by injuries all season long, as Tech had a total of 11 student-athletes miss significant time (six games or more) due to an injury throughout the year. In what proved to be a grueling schedule, the Yellow Jackets played a total of 16 games (30 percent) of its schedule against top-20 teams in No. 12 Oklahoma, No. 9 North Carolina, No. 7/16 Auburn, No. 5 Clemson, No. 2 Louisville, No. 8 Virginia and No. 12 Wake Forest (rankings at time of competition), scoring one win apiece versus Oklahoma, North Carolina, Auburn, Clemson and Virginia.
Despite the uncharacteristic Georgia Tech baseball season, the Jackets had one player named to all four all-ACC teams in 2017. Junior second baseman Wade Bailey was named to the all-ACC first team, while sophomore catcher Joey Bart earned a spot on the second team. Junior third baseman Trevor Craport was named to the third team, while freshman shortstop Austin Wilhite was named to the all-ACC freshman team. Both Bailey and Bart earned ABCA/Rawlings all-region accolades, while Bailey was also named to the all-America second team by Collegiate Baseball. Wilhite was named to both the Collegiate Baseball freshmen all-America first team and an NCBWA freshman all-American.
From a pair of conference titles and NCAA Regional appearances as a player, through six Big Ten championships and four College World Series teams as an assistant coach, to two conference titles and a pair of NCAA Regionals as a head coach at Kent State, Hall was well-prepared for the task that faced him when he took over the reins at Georgia Tech in December 1993.
In his six years as the head coach at Kent State (1988-93), he guided the Golden Flashes to Mid-American Conference championships and bids to the NCAA Regionals in each of his last two seasons, compiling an 86-28 record during that time.
He forged a 208-117 (.640) record in his six years at Kent State, twice winning Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year honors. He also won more games than any other MAC school from 1989-93. He had 18 Kent State players drafted by major league organizations.
Before his first head-coaching position, Hall served as an assistant coach at the University of Michigan, where the Wolverines won the Big Ten six times, participated in seven NCAA Regionals and four College World Series. During his tenure, Hall coached future major leaguers Jim Abbott, Scott Kamieniecki, Barry Larkin, Hal Morris, Chris Sabo and Gary Wayne.
Larkin was inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012, becoming the first of what could be many of Danny Hall’s former players to be enshrined.
A former president of the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), Hall now sits on its Board of Directors and is directly responsible for future elected officers within the ABCA as a member of its Nominations Committee. Hall was also a contributing writer on base running techniques in Baseball Strategies, a book produced by the ABCA in 2002.
Hall was selected to the Miami (Ohio) Athletics Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Kent State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005. He was also inducted into the Miami Cradle of Coaches in 2007.
He is married to the former Kara Zufall and has three sons, Danny III, Carter and Colin.
Hall's Accomplishments at Tech
- Won a school-record 988 games
- Has coached in 1,494 games
- Led Tech to its only three College World Series appearances (1994, 2002, 2006)
- 20 NCAA Regional appearances in 24 years
- Six NCAA Super Regional appearances (1994, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006)
- Five ACC regular season championships (1997, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2011)
- Five ACC Tournament championships (2000, 2003, 2005, 2012, 2014)
- Owns a 5-1 record in the ACC Tournament championship game
- 117 players drafted 134 times, including 13 first-round picks
- 94 all-America selections by 37 different players
- 114 all-ACC selections
- 13 academic all-Americans and 10 additional academic all-district honorees
- 23 freshman all-America honors
- 200+ student-athletes named to the ACC academic honor roll
- No. 1 national rankings in 1994, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2006
- No. 1 national ranked recruiting classes in 1999 and 2002
- School-record 52 wins in 2002
- Tech has scored 11,757 runs in 24 seasons -- averaging 7.9 runs per game
- Set Georgia Tech team record for batting in 2000 (.342) and again in 2001 (.347)
- Led or finished second in the ACC in batting or run production 13 times
|THE DANNY HALL FILE|
|Birthdate||November 27, 1954|
|Family||wife: Karen; sons: Danny III, Carter and Colin|
|Education|| Miami (Ohio), 1977 (B.S.)
Miami (Ohio), 1979 (M.S.)
|1973||MLB Draft||12th round by the Oakland Athletics|
|1974-77||Miami (Ohio)|| 1974 NCAA Regionals
1976 All-Mid-American Conference / co-Captain
1977 All-Mid-American Conference / co-Captain
1977 NCAA Regionals
|1978-79||Miami (Ohio)||Graduate Assistant|
|1988-93||Kent State||Head Coach|
|1994-present||Georgia Tech||Head Coach|
|HEAD COACHING HONORS|
|1992||MAC Coach of the Year|
|1993||MAC Coach of the Year|
|1994||ABCA District III Coach of the Year|
|1997||ACC Coach of the Year|
|1997||National Coach of the Year (Sporting News)|
|2000||ACC Coach of the Year|
|2005||ACC Coach of the Year|
|YEAR-BY-YEAR HEAD COACHING RECORD|
|Record (Pct.)||Conference (Pct.)||Postseason|
|27-25-0 (.519)||14-18-0 (.438)|
|26-24-0 (.520)||10-17-0 (.370)|
|35-18-0 (.660)||17-10-0 (.629)|
|34-22-0 (.607)||19-11-0 (.633)|
|45-13-0 (.776)||24-7-0 (.774)|| Mid-American Conference Champions
NCAA South II Regional
|41-15-0 (.732)||22-10-0 (.688)|| Mid-American Conference co-Champions
NCAA South II Regional
|KENT STATE TOTALS (SIX SEASONS) -- 208-117 (.640)|
|Record (Pct.)||Conference (Pct.)||Postseason|
|50-17-0 (.746)||16-8-0 (.667)|| NCAA Midwest I Champions
College World Series runner-up
|38-22-0 (.633)||16-8-0 (.667)||NCAA Mideast Regional|
|40-24-0 (.625)||13-11-0 (.542)||NCAA South II Regional runner-up|
|46-15-0 (.752)||19-4-0 (.826)|| ACC Regular Season Champions
NCAA Mideast Regional
|41-22-0 (.651)||14-9-0 (.609)||NCAA Midwest Regional runner-up|
|38-20-0 (.655)||12-12-0 (.500)|
|50-16-0 (.758)||18-6-0 (.750)|| ACC Regular Season Champions
ACC Tournament Champions
NCAA Super Regional
|41-20-0 (.672)||13-11-0 (.542)||NCAA Athens Regional|
|52-16-0 (.765)||14-9-0 (.609)|| NCAA Atlanta Regional Champions
NCAA Super Regional Champions
College World Series
|44-18-0 (.710)||17-7-0 (.708)|| ACC Tournament Champions
NCAA Atlanta Regional
|44-21-0 (.677)||18-5-0 (.783)|| ACC Regular Season Champions
NCAA Atlanta Regional Champions
NCAA Super Regional
|45-19-0 (.703)||22-8-0 (.733)|| ACC Regular Season Champions
ACC Tournament Champions
NCAA Atlanta Regional Champions
NCAA Super Regional
|50-18-0 (.735)||19-11-0 (.633)|| NCAA Atlanta Regional Champions
NCAA Super Regional Champions
College World Series
|32-25-0 (.561)||15-14-0 (.517)|
|41-21-0 (.661)||16-14-0 (.533)||NCAA Athens Regional runner-up|
|38-19-1 (.664)||17-10-1 (.625)||NCAA Atlanta Regional runner-up|
|47-15-0 (.758)||21-9-0 (.700)||NCAA Atlanta Regional runner-up|
|42-21-0 (.667)||22-8-0 (.733)|| ACC Regular Season co-Champions
NCAA Atlanta Regional runner-up
|38-26-0 (.594)||12-18-0 (.400)|| ACC Tournament Champions
NCAA Gainesville Regional runner-up
|37-27-0 (.578)||15-15-0 (.500)||NCAA Nashville Regional runner-up|
|37-27-0 (.578)||14-16-0 (.467)|| ACC Tournament Champions
NCAA Oxford Regional
|32-23-0 (.581)||13-17-0 (.433)|
|38-25-0 (.603)||13-16-0 (.448)||NCAA Gainesville Regional runner-up|
|27-28-0 (.491)||11-19-0 (.367)|
|GEORGIA TECH TOTALS (24 SEASONS) -- 988-505-1 (.662)|
|CAREER TOTALS (30 SEASONS) -- 1,196-622-1 (.658)|