June 16, 2005
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech head baseball coach Danny Hall, the winningest coach in school history, has agreed to a new five-year contract through 2010, Director of Athletics Dave Braine announced Wednesday.
“We’re very happy to announce that Danny Hall will be our baseball coach for a long time,” said Braine. “He is very deserving of this new contract. All he does is win, and he does it quietly, with class and with good kids. He is the perfect fit for Georgia Tech.”
Hall, who just completed his 12th season with the Yellow Jackets, has compiled a record of 529-230 (.697), an average of 44 wins per year. He surpassed the Tech record for coaching victories in any sport earlier this season.
He has led Tech to the NCAA Tournament in 11 of his 12 years, including five regional championships and College World Series berths in 1994 and 2002.
Over the last four years, Hall has led the Yellow Jackets to two ACC regular season championships, two ACC tournament titles, three NCAA regional championship and one College World Series appearance.
Named ACC Coach of the Year in 2005 for the third time in his career, Hall guided Tech to the ACC regular season and tournament titles with a 45-19 record, including a 22-8 mark in conference play. The Jackets won the NCAA Atlanta Regional before falling to Tennessee in the Atlanta Super Regional.
More than 50 of Hall’s Yellow Jackets have signed professional contracts, including nine who have reached the Major Leagues. Five players from this year’s team were drafted last week, including first-round selection Tyler Greene.
“I’m very excited to be staying at Georgia Tech,” said Hall. “I really want to thank Dave Braine and (Senior Associate Athletics Director) Larry New for what they have done for me. I feel like this is home, and I feel very privileged to stay here with my players, the administration and the fans. The bottom line is that the people here care a lot about me and my family and are fully committed to having our baseball team remain at the top nationally. I look forward to trying to make the program even better than it is now.
“I have the utmost respect for the Bill Byrne, the athletic director at Texas A&M,” continued Hall, who was contacted by Byrne about the Aggies’ head coaching position. “He handled my situation very professionally. I know they will get a great coach. I also know that I have a great job here, and I work for a great athletic director, and in the end, that’s what won out.”
Hall, 50, is 737-347 in 18 seasons overall, including six years as the head coach at Kent State.