Basketball coach led Cougars to state title this past season
BY PHILIP M. BOWMAN email@example.com
Blake Hall’s first season as coach of the North Charleston boys basketball team produced a state championship and memories that will last a lifetime.
It also forced him to make a difficult decision.
Hall, who led North Charleston to a 23-6 record and its first title since 1997, accepted the same position at Goose Creek High School.
“It’s the hardest decision of my young life, my young career,” said the 29-year old Hall. “We’ve become so close and the players are like family. I love it here, but stability was a big factor. It’s been tough around here for the last week. It’s tough to be selfish when you don’t want to be selfish.”
The 2011-12 season was Hall’s first as a head coach. He was an all-state basketball player at Pinewood Prep. He played basketball in Europe and served as an assistant at The Citadel before taking the North Charleston job.
Hall said all of the success he enjoyed in his coaching debut was because of the talent and hard work of the players.
“It was the credit to the 10 young men on the roster,” Hall said. “The young men believed in me. I was fortunate enough to coach them and lead them to someplace special.”
Goose Creek athletic director Chuck Reedy didn’t know very much about Hall at the start of last season.
“I didn’t know who he was until I read an article in the newspaper,” Reedy said. “I liked what he said and the way he handled himself. I started following him and the team during its drive to the state championship.
“I talked to principal Jimmy Husky about Blake and decided he was at the top of our list — and at No. 2 and No. 3.”
Hall replaces Bruce Walls, who served as an interim coach for the 2011-12 season, guiding the Gators to a 17-7 record.
Walls replaced Brad Dobbels, who posted a 292-92 record in 14 seasons as the Goose Creek boys coach. He left Goose Creek to serve as an assistant at Charleston Southern University.
“Goose Creek has a solid foundation,” Hall said. “I look to bring stability and help the players and get them where they want to be in life. Coaching basketball is about more than winning games.”