January 5th, 2012

Hyland's Heroes: Angie Hall

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Paul Najjar

Senior Writer


Hyland's Heroes: Angie Hall
photo courtesy of Angie Hall

CSAA newcomer enjoying the coaching experience

The following feature is a part of a weekly series, sponsored by Hyland, Block & Hyland, called "Hyland's Heroes" - a set of profiles that will spotlight Louisville area Catholic volunteers, coaches and administrators who assist athletic programs and teams, and help promote excellence in all aspects of sports. 

This week’s Hyland’s Hero is a relative newcomer to the CSAA and to coaching. Angie Hall is in her first year as the 3rd/4th grade girls coach at St. Aloysius in Pee Wee Valley, where she feels blessed to be coaching her oldest daughter.

A Lebanon, KY native and a graduate of Marion County high school, Hall played basketball and softball there. But her love of sports took root at the elementary level at St. Augustine where she got her start playing basketball. A four year starter at Marion County, she was known as an all-around talent, and quite a good one; just the type that makes for a future coach.

Her father was an athlete and a sporting influence. Her mother was a polio survivor and passed on the strength of conviction to her eldest daughter.

“My mother was so strong and such a strong influence,” Hall said. “And Going to Catholic grade school really molded me as a person,” Hall said. “A better person, a better athlete. On the court I think that helped with how your treated your teammates, your coaches and the officials. To show respect for them and the game.”

Though she didn’t attend a Catholic high school, Hall recalls the close bonds she shared with two of her St. Augustine teammates who also played basketball with her at Marion County.

“There were three of us (from St. Augustine) that stuck together and played all four years together in high school,” she recalled. “There was a unique bond among us with respect to our friendship, our values and our foundation.”

She continued her education at Bellarmine University. Ankle surgery in high school prevented her from playing on the next level, but she stayed involved with athletics by becoming an athletic trainer for the Knights field hockey team. She earned her degree in Childhood Psychology and taught pre-school for nine years.

Married in 1998, Hall and her husband are parents to three girls: 8 year old Maggie, and twin 5 year olds Reese and Sydney. Maggie, now old enough to play on the 3rd/4th grade team, is part of the reason Hall got involved with coaching.

“We moved to Oldham County, and joined St. Aloysius. When Maggie was in first grade and she just played soccer,” said Hall. “Last year, the woman who coached the team asked me to come and help her coach. This year, she ended up coaching volleyball and asked me if I would take over the team. It was an easy yes for me because I love kids and I love basketball, so it came together nicely for me.”

She described her team as small, but tough. And she thoroughly enjoys all facets of working with them and watching them develop.

“It’s a really neat group of girls,” she said of her 3rd/4th grade team. “They’re small, but they’re tough. My husband nicknamed them ‘the fleas’ because they keep bugging you and bugging you and bugging you on defense until you turn the ball over. We keep playing some big teams, but our girls never quit.”

Being close to her daughter and watching her develop is a big benefit to Hall’s coaching.

“Coaching Maggie means a lot,” said Hall. “Teaching her to best she can be and playing with her friends and watching them improve is really great. We have practice right after school so my twins come as well and they actually get on the court with the team sometimes to help play defense.”

Not only does she find it a comfort to coach her daughter and watch the group learn and grow together, Hall finds the time to promote all the positive things that a Catholic school provides.

“We start and finish every practice with a prayer,” she said. “Before and after a game, we pray. I call on different kids to lead our prayer or ask if there’s anything special to pray about. That’s important too, because kids like to let you know what’s happening in their lives. It’s a great bonding experience for our team.”

The revelations come rapidly for a coach teaching young kids how to play. From discovering how to shoot a layup to learning how to block-out for a rebound, Hall takes great pride in hearing her young team members discuss what they’ve learned.

Said Hall: “They’ll come up after practice and say, ‘I didn’t know what a block-out was and you just taught me that,’ or after a rebounding drill they’ll let me know how fun it is. They’re always learning something new or doing something better every day and it’s great to hear them talk about those things. And most importantly, having fun while they’re doing it. Making sure they understand what we’re doing and having them be able to talk about it is really important to me.

“Everyone here at St. Aloysius has been so welcoming and so helpful. Seeing these girls at church or at school and have them be excited to see you is a real special thing for me. Sports have played a big role in helping our girls adjust to the new school and the new neighborhood.”

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