THS' Hall says he would quit coaching for new job

By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Tupelo head boys soccer coach Nathan Hall said Friday he would be willing to give up his coaching position for an opportunity to be an assistant principal.
Hall had been recommended earlier this week to become an assistant principal at Tupelo High School, but Superintendent Randy Shaver withdrew that recommendation after a discussion with the school board during an executive session on Tuesday.
Shaver said he could not comment about personnel specifically, but did say Tupelo does not allow assist-ant principals to serve as coaches.
Hall had been an assistant soccer coach but now is in his first year as head coach of the boys’ soccer team, whose season began Tuesday.
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. But, he said he is ready for a new chapter in his life.
“I’ve proven that I can do that, and I want another challenge,” he said.
A 1995 graduate of Tupelo High School, Hall was hired as an algebra teacher at the school for the 2005-06 school year and currently teaches geometry.
“I was hired on strictly as a teacher,” he said. “I’ve never asked for one coaching responsibility. Every coaching responsibility I’ve ever taken is to help the district.”
Shaver said that Hall would be given “serious consideration” for future assistant principal openings.
Contact Chris Kieffer at (662) 678-1590 or chris.kieffer@djournal.com.