MORENCI – Jed Hall, who played sports at Morenci and returned to the school after college to begin his coaching career, is stepping down as athletic director and basketball coach.
Hall, 33, who will remain assistant principal, said he wanted to devote more time to his family. He and his wife, Kristin, have three girls, ranging from 4-years-old to a few months. The youngest was born during the past basketball season.
“It’s time to step away and spend more time with my family,” he said. “It was a difficult decision. I hated telling the guys on the team, but, at the same time, it’s the right decision for me at this time.”
Hall graduated from Morenci in 2007 and played high school basketball for Jim Bauer. After playing for two seasons at Adrian College he stopped playing basketball and finished school. He returned to Morenci and was a volunteer coach of the middle school, served four seasons as the junior varsity head coach and was an assistant coach under Bauer.
After Bauer resigned following the 2017-18 season, Hall, then the Dean of Students at Morenci, was hired as the varsity basketball coach. He became athletic director soon after.
“Morenci has meant a lot to me and still does,” Hall said. “I’m happy I will get to continue with the school, to be around the students. It was tough telling these guys because I started here when they were in about kindergarten. I’ve known most of them for years. I have a good relationship with them.”
Morenci is coming off a 9-12 season. In Hall’s four seasons, the Bulldogs went 28-50 overall and 18-30 in TCC games.
Hall said interviews have been held for the athletic director’s position and the basketball opening was recently posted. He said if a new coach isn’t hired quickly, plans are already in place for the 2022-23 team members to have workouts, scrimmages and camps for next season.
“We already have some things lined up for them,” Hall said. “It will be a smooth transition.”
Hall made an incredible return from an injury to play his senior season of basketball at Morenci. Soon after his junior season ended, he was involved in a horrific crash resulting in more than 20 broken bones in his body and two compound fractures in his leg. Doctors initially figured Hall would never play basketball again.
However, near the middle of the 2006–07 season, Hall returned to the court and contributed to a Morenci team that won the Tri-County Conference and district championship and tied a school record with 23 wins.
The 2014-15 Bulldogs, also coached by Bauer, also won 23 games and reached the Class D state finals. Hall was an assistant coach with that team.
“It was great to be part of that run, that team,” Hall said. “It really showed me a lot about what it takes to get to that level, the type of commitment and work that needs to go into it.”
Hall isn’t ruling out a return to the sidelines at some point.
“I definitely can see myself doing that at some point,” he said. “For now, though, spending more time with my family is what I need to do. It’s been great coaching the basketball team for the past couple of years and being with the kids and interacting with the daily. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.”