Richie Hall
Richie Hall in 2007
Date of birth: (1960-10-04) October 4, 1960 (age 59)
Place of birth: San Antonio, Texas
Career information
Status: Retired
CFL status: Import
Position(s): DB/PR
Height: 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
College: Colorado State
 As coach:
Saskatchewan Roughriders (DBs)
Saskatchewan Roughriders (DC)
Edmonton Eskimos (HC)
Edmonton Eskimos (HC/DC)
Saskatchewan Roughriders (DC)
 As player:
Calgary Stampeders
Saskatchewan Roughriders
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star: 1983
CFL West All-Star: 1983, 1986, 1988, 1990
Awards: Tom Pate Memorial Award (1990)

Richie Hall (born October 4, 1960) is the defensive coordinator for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League. He was formerly the head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos from 2009–2010.

Early years Edit

Hall was born October 4, 1960, in San Antonio, Texas. He was in a car accident as a child that catapulted him through the windshield of the car and nearly killed him, leaving him with permanent scars above his right eye.

He was a star two-way American football player in high school despite his height of just 5 feet 6 inches (1.68 m).[1]

Playing career Edit

Hall was a walk on college football player at Colorado State University, where he majored in social work.[1]

Hall originally signed with the Stampeders in May 1983 and, in his rookie season, was a CFL All-Star defensive back[2] playing in 16 games recording four interceptions and two fumble recoveries. He also returned 50 punts on special teams for 561 yards including one touchdown and one kickoff return for 12 yards. He earned West Division All-Star honours in the 1986 CFL season for his defensive work recording 4 sacks, 8 interceptions for 116 yards, and 1 fumble recovery for 50 yards. He also returned 16 punts that year for 260 yards.[3][4]

He was traded to the Roughriders in May 1988 for a fourth-round pick in the 1989 CFL Draft[3] and returned as a 1988 CFL season and 1990 CFL season West Division All-Star.[4]

In all, he appeared in 153 career regular-season games between 1983 and 1991 playing both defensive back and punt returner, was a four-time West Division all-star, a League All-Star in 1983, a 77th Grey Cup champion, and was selected for the Tom Pate Memorial Award in 1990.[5][6]

After being released by the Roughriders, Hall used his social work degree and got a job at Regina’s Cornwall Alternative School for high-risk kids[1] and joined Regina's Archbishop M.C. O'Neill High School football coaching staff in 1993[7] before embarking on his professional coaching career.

Coaching career Edit

In 1994, Hall was hired by the Roughriders to coach their defensive backfield and worked his way up to defensive coordinator by 2000. He gained a reputation as one of the top minds for defensive schemes in the CFL and served as Saskatchewan's defensive coordinator for eight years including the 95th Grey Cup victory for Saskatchewan in 2007.[1] His 2008 Saskatchewan Roughriders defence finished the season with the best in fewest yards allowed (354 per game), second in pass defence (266 yards per game) and fewest passing TDs allowed (28) and third in fewest TDs (44) and points allowed (25.1 per game).[6]

Hall interviewed for at least seven head coaching positions beginning after the 2004 CFL season and, on December 17, 2008, Hall was hired as the head coach for the Edmonton Eskimos, the first black head coach in the Edmonton Eskimos history. When looking for a new coach, Eskimos General Manager Danny Maciocia said he asked his quarterbacks to name the toughest defensive co-ordinator they've played against and was given the unanimous response of Richie Hall.[6][8][9]

Hall has said that he wants his players to enjoy the game, work hard, appreciate everything, and take nothing for granted. "I want our players to have a selfless attitude. I want them to be there for each other," Hall said. "I like to think football is a way for them to live their lives."[1]

During his first training camp as head coach, arguably the most competitive battle was between Tumbo Abanikanda and Mark Restelli for the starting weakside linebacker spot.[10][11] Hall stated that he hoped the battle would end when,"one player outperforms the other player".[12] Eventually, Abanikanda was released with Restelli winning the job.[13]

On November 12, 2010, Hall was fired as the Eskimos head coach after two seasons coaching the team.

On February 1, 2011, it was announced that Hall had rejoined the Roughriders as their defensive coordinator.[14]

CFL coaching recordEdit

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
WonLostTiesWin %Finish Won Lost Result
EDM2009 990.5003rd in West Division 0 1 Lost West Semi-Final
EDM2010 7110.3884th in West Division Missed Playoffs
Total 16200.4440 West Division
010 Grey Cups

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Maki, Allan (June 14, 2009). "Hall finds faith rewarded in Edmonton". Globe and Mail (Canada). Retrieved June 25, 2009.
  2. Canadian Football League 2007 Facts, Figures & Records. Canadian Football League. pp. 219. ISBN 978-0-9739425-2-1.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Richie Hall". CFLapedia. Retrieved June 25, 2009.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Canadian Football League 2007 Facts, Figures & Records. Canadian Football League. pp. 224. ISBN 978-0-9739425-2-1.
  5. "Richie Hall: Head Coach". Football Operations. Edmonton Eskimos Football Club. Retrieved June 25, 2009.[dead link]
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Canadian Press (December 17, 2008). "Eskimos name Hall as new head coach". Retrieved June 25, 2009.
  7. "Coaching & Football Staff". Saskatchewan Roughriders 2007 Fact Book. Saskatchewan Roughriders Football Club. 2007. pp. 12.
  8. "Report: Maciocia to lead Eskimos". December 4, 2004. Retrieved June 26, 2009.
  9. Vanstone, Rob (November 27, 2008). "Richie Hall the perfect candidate for the Argos". The Leader-Post. Retrieved June 25, 2009.
  10. Annicchiarico, Mario (June 18, 2009). "Rookie QBs may be keepers". The Edmonton Journal. Retrieved June 24, 2009.[dead link]
  11. Annicchiarico, Mario (June 17, 2009). "'Tired of beating up on each other'". The Edmonton Journal. Retrieved June 24, 2009.
  12. Moddejonge, Gerry (June 21, 2009). "Strong battle on weak side". Edmonton Sun. Retrieved June 24, 2009.
  13. MacKinnon, John (June 26, 2009). "Eskimos' front office has depth". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved June 27, 2009.[dead link]

Further reading Edit

Preceded by
Danny Maciocia
Edmonton Eskimos Head Coaches
Succeeded by
Kavis Reed
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