Nathan Hall, who has coached the Golden Wave to 10 state championships in cross country and one in track and field, was officially named the program's coach Tuesday.
"Tupelo soccer is played at a high level," said Hall, who played for THS from 1992-95. "There's a rich soccer tradition here. I'm looking forward to the challenge."
Hall replaces another former Golden Wave player, Mark Enis, who coached THS to a boys state championship in 2007 and two girls state titles in 2003 and '04.
Enis will remain on staff as the boys golf coach. His teams have won three consecutive state championships.
"Nathan was a great player and he'll be a great soccer coach," Enis said. "The program will go on. Nathan will do a fine job."
Enis stepped down to spend more time with his young family.
"The thing I'll miss most is being around the players," he said. "That's the reason you coach, to make a difference in someone's life."
Hall played college soccer for two seasons at Meridian Community College and one season for the Tupelo Hound Dogs professional indoor soccer team.
He coached high school soccer in Corinth, Florence and New Albany, and served one season as an assistant for the Tupelo girls soccer team. He also coached in Tupelo's select programs for 10 years.
"Nathan played midfielder for me and was a good player," said Tupelo athletics director Danny Porter, who coached the Wave to four state titles and was Hall's high school soccer coach. "We're lucky to have someone like him on board."
Hall will continue to coach cross country, but will give up his track and field duties. His assistant the last two years, Brian Jones, will replace him.
"Brian will do a good job with the program," Hall said.
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