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Georgia Tech baseball head coach Danny Hall and new assistant coach Jason Howell to talk about the hire.
The local media met with Georgia Tech baseball head coach Danny Hall and new assistant coach Jason Howell to talk about the hire.
Host Mindy Hylton talks with Georgia Tech Baseball head coach Danny Hall and junior outfielder Brandon Thomas
Host Mindy Hylton talks with Georgia Tech Baseball head coach Danny Hall and junior outfielder Brandon Thomas in this 2012 ACC Tournament preview
Georgia Tech Baseball head coach Danny Hall and juniors Buck Farmer and Brandon Thomas talk about the team on the first day of practice - 1/27/12
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Danny Hall File
Having spent his entire coaching career involved with winning programs, Danny Hall's tenure at Georgia Tech has been his most successful, as he is the all-time winningest baseball coach in Yellow Jacket history with 854 victories at the school. He has led Tech to the NCAA Tournament on 18 occasions and guided the Yellow Jackets to the College World Series in 1994, 2002 and 2006, the only head coach in the program's storied history to reach the promised land of Omaha.
The 2014 season represents Hall's 21st on the Flats and his 27th as a college head coach. He stands 12th among active Division-I coaches in winning percentage (.672), and is 14th among active coaches in number of victories (1,062).
Hall became Georgia Tech's winningest coach in 2005 with his 505th win, and his Tech teams have posted an 854-402-1 (.680) record in 20 years. His 26-year head coaching record, which includes six seasons at Kent State, stands at 1,062-519-1 (.672). Hall has also led the Yellow Jackets to a 329-197-1 (.625) record in ACC regular season games.
A winner in every sense of the word, Hall has been coaching college baseball for 36 years (an both as assistant and head coach) and has never been associated with a program under .500 for a season. He has been part of 1,499 victories and seven trips to the College World Series.
Prior to the 2012 season, Georgia Tech reaffirmed its commitment to Hall with a five-year contract extension through the 2016 season.
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Each of Hall's Tech teams has been powered by a potent offense, leading or finishing second in the ACC in batting or run production in 12 of his 20 years as the Yellow Jackets' head coach. Entering 2014, Tech is one of just five teams nationally to hit 48 or more home runs in each of the last three seasons and one of just seven teams nationally to post a slugging percentage of .430 or better in each of the last three years.
Hall's players have earned 96 All-ACC honors in his 20 years, while 32 different players have garnered a total of 88 All-America honors since 1994. 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 18 NCAA berths under Hall, the Yellow Jackets have claimed four Atlantic Coast Conference tournament titles (2000, 2003, 2005, 2012) and won the ACC regular season four times (2000, 2004, 2005, 2011).
Since Hall's arrival at Georgia Tech in 1994, a staggering 106 Yellow Jackets have been selected in the Major League Baseball Draft a total of 120 times -- that includes a school-record 10 draft picks in 2005 and 2007 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 he has coached 52 players that have been taken in the first 10 rounds of the MLB draft. Out of high school, 47 have been drafted, but chose instead to play for Hall.
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 Major League level, headlined by Mark Teixeira of the New York Yankees and Matt Wieters of the Baltimore Orioles, and former players Nomar Garciaparra, Jason Varitek and Jay Payton.
The success of Hall's former players in professional baseball is molded by their accomplishments at Tech, as his Yellow Jacket teams have advanced to 18 NCAA Regionals in his 20 years at the school. Georgia Tech has posted 45 NCAA tournament victories since his arrival in 1994, winning Regionals in 1994, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006 and Super Regionals in 2002 and 2006. The Yellow Jackets have finished .500 or better in ACC play in all but one year since his arrival, and have finished third or better in the league in 11 of his 20 seasons. Georgia Tech has been ranked No. 1 in the country six times for a total of 22 weeks under Hall.
Hall's teams have been equally successful in the classroom, as 160+ 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.
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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 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 Jacket skipper was named the National Coach of the Year by The 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 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 reigns in 1994, the Yellow Jacket coach 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 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 new 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 a regional for the fourth time in five years, and advanced to a 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 after guiding Tech to 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 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 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 nationally 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. 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 as a team and out-scored 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.
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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.
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A former president of the American Baseball Coaches Association, 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 is also a contributing writer on baserunning 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 and was 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
Hall's Coaching Career
Overall Conf. Year School W L Pct. W L Pct. Pl. Post-Season Play 1978 Miami 35 14 .714 10 6 .625 4th 1979 Miami 34 12 .650 13 3 .813 1st MAC Champions