THS coach to become assistant principal

By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Tupelo High School soccer and cross country coach Nathan Hall will become an assistant principal in the district at the conclusion of soccer season.
The district’s school board approved Hall’s promotion at Tuesday’s regular board meeting. It will take effect when the season ends in late January or early February. Hall will then resign his coaching duties.
Hall will be assigned to a school at that time by Superintendent Randy Shaver.
“It is one of the things I’ve been trying to do since I got my administrator’s license,” Hall said. “I’ve done the coaching thing, and we’ve been pretty successful in all the sports I’ve done so I wanted to make a jump up the ladder in education. I got my license and wanted a new challenge.”
Hall is in his first year as head coach of the boy’s soccer team, but has previously been an assistant soccer coach. He has also served as the head coach for boys and girls cross country and track and field and also has coached football and slow-pitch softball.
He’s won nine state championships in five years in boys and girls cross country and one in boys track.
Hall had previously been recommended as an assistant principal at Tupelo High School in November, but that recommendation was withdrawn, apparently because of Hall’s duties as soccer coach.
The district does not allow its assistant principals to serve as coaches, Shaver said.
“I’m just glad I’m going to have the opportunity,” Hall said Tuesday.
Soccer season will end sometime in late January or early February. Playoffs begin on Jan. 25 and end with the state championship match on Feb. 5.
Contact Chris Kieffer at (662) 678-1590 or chris.kieffer@djournal.com.