LEWISBURG — Adam Hall, a 2010 graduate of Ansonia High School and former member of AHS coaching staff, has been announced as the new head football coach at Tri-County North.
Hall will take over the Panthers’ team which finished with a 1-9 record last season. He is the fourth coach in as many years for Tri-County North’s varsity football team.
After some disappointing years for Tri-County North, Hall has specific expectations in mind for his first season to help turn the program around.
“My expectations are that we’re going to be disciplined, that we’re going to execute, and that we’re going to compete and have great effort in every game,” Hall said.
The focus on discipline and execution came from Hall’s days as a player at Ansonia High School and for the Defiance Yellow Jackets at the collegiate level, playing on the offensive and defensive line. Before that, however, he had been on the gridiron for many years, growing up with a healthy love of the game.
“Well, I started playing football when I was in second grade. I played Pee Wee, junior high, high school and college football. I’ve always enjoyed it,” Hall said. “When I got into high school, I really started to focus in on that.”
After graduating from Ansonia, Hall played at Defiance for four seasons before earning his diploma in 2014.
Once his playing days were over, he knew he still wanted and needed to be involved with football in some capacity, so this meant taking a dive into the world of coaching.
“I just knew that, you know, I’d been doing football for as long as I had been, that I still needed to be part of football somehow, or have football be part of me, I guess,” Hall said. “Coaching is the next best thing to playing I’d say.”
As a coach, his philosophy of how to conduct himself, and now his players, on the field hasn’t changed from when he was a player himself. Hall was a disciplined player who was able to execute on the field, evidenced by his career at the college level, and he’ll impart that wisdom on to his team.
“I think that my coaching philosophy is basically that disciplined teams that execute win games, and I think the best way to do that is by running the ball and being deceptive,” Hall said. “I think on defense, the main thing is you have to tackle and not give up big plays.”
Hall credited this philosophy to his high school coach and mentor Eugene Hoening, who Hall would later serve under as defensive coordinator at Ansonia.
Installing his offense and defense will take more time than usual given the outside circumstances impacting his contact with players due to COVID-19.
“Well, it’s been a little rough,” Hall said. “The day I was hired was actually the first day of the shutdown so that’s made it a little hard. I’ve yet to meet the players in person. We are emailing as much as possible and we have Google Classroom setup, so it’s just not the same.”
There’s also the added issue of ensuring players are in good shape once they are able to return to practice. Ohio has lifted restrictions limiting training in contact sports, though schools must still abide by guidelines including social distancing and self-symptom checks, so it is unclear when schools may be able to return to normal practices.
“I think the biggest challenge is going to be making sure that everyone’s in good enough shape because we had this unprecedented period of no activity,” Hall said. “I’m not saying that none of the guys have been active. I know that they worked out at home, but it’s just not the same.”
Regardless of the challenges brought on by COVID-19 and restrictions which are in place, Hall is excited to get started once he can meet his players.
While this is an exciting opportunity for Hall after learning under Coach Hoening and performing duties as defensive coordinator for Ansonia, he’s even more excited for the opportunity he can bring to the players at Tri-County North and the lessons he can teach them this upcoming season.
“I love football. I love the opportunity that football gives to teenage boys to help teach them important lessons about life,” Hall said. “I think that discipline is the biggest one on that and I think that’s something that I can bring to Tri-County North. That’s part of the reason why I took the job. I think I can be successful there and I’m looking forward to it. You know, it’s been a slow start, but once we get going, it’ll be full speed ahead.”
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