HALL NAMED SOUTH STOKES NEW FOOTBALL COACH
by Amanda Dodson (February 10, 2016)
South Stokes High School announced on Tuesday the appointment of a new head football coach.
Paul Hall will oversee the Sauras football program and brings with him 22 years of coaching experience.
“I’m very excited to be at South Stokes. I love working with kids and I believe you can have fun and be successful. I know the team went 0-11 last season and that’s motivating for me. It’ll be a new year, a new team and I want to help them believe in themselves,” he said.
Principal Wayne Duggins introduced Hall to the JV and varsity players late Tuesday afternoon.
The new coach said, “This is a community of athletes, this is a family, and I’m asking you all to let me in and be part of this.”
Hall explained he’d grown up in a football family and watched his father coach for 40 years. As a young athlete he played football and baseball at Mars Hill and landed his first coaching job at Midway High School.
“They hadn’t won a conference football game in five years. When I got there I heard a bunch of talk about ‘You can’t beat that team’ and ‘You can’t beat this team’. We won three games the first year. The next year we went 8-5. The third year rolled around and we went 12-2 beating a team that hadn’t lost a regular season game in 46 games. No one likes to lose and we don’t have to. We’re not going to quit on our teammates, on our school and our community.”
Hall went on to become head coach at Reynolds and then later assistant coach at East Forsyth.
After taking a season off after his daughter was born he considered working in the administration offices in Forsyth County schools, but felt the call to coach once again.
“I applied to one position and this is it. If I didn’t believe this team could be successful I wouldn’t be here,” he said.
Hall told the athletes they may have had a 0-11 season last year, but they were going to improve and it was going to happen quicker than they thought.
“I’m going to tell you right now that I’m not building for the future because I want to win next season. It’s okay to go from worst to first. It’s not easy, but it can be done. Last year’s team was last year. I don’t care what happened last year. This is where we’re going to start and this is where we’re going to win,” he said.
“We’re going to learn and make some mistakes. I’ve already seen film and I know you can win. You’ve got to know it too.”
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