Glasgow boys’ basketball coach Jeff Hall decided he wants to eventually retire from the Glasgow Independent school system.
But for now, a challenge awaits.
Hall confirmed to the Daily News this morning that he has resigned from his coaching position to accept the school’s athletic director job.
“When I first talked to the people of Glasgow four years ago, I said then that I had some interest in athletic administration,” Hall said. “But I didn’t expect to have this opportunity so quickly. I felt very comfortable moving in that direction, and as always, I’ll do anything I can to help our student-athletes.
“I’ve been in coaching for the past 25 years, and I’m a realist. You can’t coach your entire life because it takes a tremendous amount of effort and energy. I thought this might be a move I would make down the road.”
Hall will replace Dennis Smith as Glasgow’s athletic director.
Hall has made an agreement with GHS principal Keith Hale, he said, that he will return for one more season as boys’ basketball coach if teaching vacancies and applicants don’t provide the right person for the job in this year’s hiring window.
“That’s the plan B,” Hall said. “The ideal situation is for us to find somebody right off the get-go, but if you only go in with one plan, you’re more than likely going to be disappointed. We wanted to have anotherplan in place just in case.”
Hall, a former standout guard at the University of Louisville, led the Scotties to a 78-30 record in four seasons.
Glasgow finished 23-8 this past season, falling to Warren Central in the Region 4 semifinals. The Scotties graduated eight seniors.
One potential candidate for Hall’s replacement will be former Glasgow star and University of Kentucky player Brandon Stockton, who currently serves as an assistant on the Scotties’ staff.
Stockton was the 2002 Kentucky Mr. Basketball at Glasgow and finished as the school’s all-time leading scorer.
All applicants, including all members of Hall’s staff, will be considered for the position, Hall said.