Galen Hall

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Galen Hall
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Hall on the Penn State sidelines in November 2008
Biographical details
Born (1940-08-14) August 14, 1940 (age 78)
Altoona, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Alma mater Penn State University
Playing career
1959–1961 Penn State
1962 Washington Redskins
1963 New York Jets
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1964–1965 West Virginia (TE)
1966–1972 Oklahoma (WR)
1973–1983 Oklahoma (OC)
1984 Florida (OC)
1984–1989 Florida
1991 Orlando Thunder (OC)
1992 Orlando Thunder
1994 Charlotte Rage
1995–2000 Rhein Fire
2001 Orlando Rage
2002 Dallas Cowboys (RB)
2004–2011 Penn State (OC/RB)
Head coaching record
Overall40–18–1 (college)
Accomplishments and honors
Florida–Georgia Hall of Fame
  • US Bowl Outstanding Player (1962)
  • SEC Coach of the Year (1984)
  • 3x NFL Europe Coach of the Year
  • XFL Coach of the year (2001)

Galen Samuel Hall (born August 14, 1940) is a retired American college and professional football coach and player. He is a native of Pennsylvania, and an alumnus of Penn State University, where he played college football. Hall was previously the offensive coordinator at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Florida, and the head coach of the University of Florida, the Orlando Thunder, the Rhein Fire, and the XFL's Orlando Rage. He most recently served as the offensive coordinator at his alma mater, Penn State.

American football Team field sport

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Pennsylvania State of the United States of America

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Early life and education

Hall was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania in 1940 and grew up in Williamsburg, Pennsylvania. [1] He was raised by his grandparents, following the death of his father several months before he was born. [1]

Altoona, Pennsylvania City in Pennsylvania, United States

Altoona is a city in Blair County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is the principal city of the Altoona Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). The population was 46,320 at the time of the 2010 Census, making it the eleventh most populous city in Pennsylvania. The Altoona MSA includes all of Blair County and was recorded as having a population of 127,089 at the 2010 Census, around 100,000 of whom live within a 5-mile (8.0 km) radius of the Altoona city center according to U.S. Census ZIP Code population data. This includes the adjacent boroughs of Hollidaysburg and Duncansville, adjacent townships of Logan, Allegheny, Blair, Frankstown, Antis, and Tyrone, as well as nearby boroughs of Bellwood and Newry.

Williamsburg, Pennsylvania Borough in Pennsylvania, United States

Williamsburg in Morrisons Cove, is a borough in Blair County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 1,254 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Altoona, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

He attended Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania, where he was the starting quarterback for coach Rip Engle's Nittany Lions in 1960 and 1961. He led the Nittany Lions to a combined 15–6 record and victories in the 1960 Liberty Bowl and 1961 Gator Bowl. He was named the outstanding player in the sole playing of the U.S. Bowl, a college all-star game played in Washington, DC in 1962. [2]

State College, Pennsylvania Place in Pennsylvania, United States

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Rip Engle American football player and coach

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Professional football career

Hall had a short stint as quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) in 1962, during which he appeared in three games with the Washington Redskins. Afterward, he played for the New York Jets of the American Football League (AFL) in 1963. Hall appeared in thirteen games that season, completing 45 of 118 pass attempts, including his only start, a 48–0 loss late in the season against the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Coaching career

College coaching


Hall served as offensive backfield and ends coach for West Virginia University from 1964 to 1965, and in 1966 he joined the University of Oklahoma staff as receivers coach and was the offensive coordinator there from 1973 to 1983. [3] During that time, the Sooners boasted one of the most prolific offenses in college football, predominantly using the wishbone attack, won two national championships, and produced Heisman-winning running back Billy Sims. [4]

An offensive coordinator is a member of the coaching staff of an American football or Canadian football team who is in charge of the team's offense. Generally, along with the defensive coordinator, he represents the second level of command structure after the head coach. The offensive coordinator is in charge of the team's offensive game plan, and typically calls offensive plays during the game, although some offensive-minded head coaches also handle play-calling. Several position coaches work under the coordinator. The coordinator may also coach a position.

Billy Sims All-American college football player, professional football player, running back, Heisman Trophy winner, College Football Hall of Fame member

Billy Ray Sims is a former American college and professional football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for five seasons during the 1980s. Sims played college football for the University of Oklahoma, where he was a two-time consensus All-American, and won the Heisman Trophy in 1978. He was the first overall pick in the 1980 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the NFL's Detroit Lions. Sims was the last Oklahoma player taken Number 1 overall in the NFL Draft until quarterback Sam Bradford was taken first in the 2010 NFL Draft. He was given the nickname "Kung Fu Billy Sims" by ESPN's Chris Berman, after a game where the Detroit Lions played the Houston Oilers. In the NFL Films highlight, rather than be tackled during a rushing attempt, Sims ran at, jumped, and, while fully airborne, kicked Oilers Cornerback Steve Brown in the head.

After a disappointing season in 1983, Oklahoma replaced many assistant coaches while retaining head coach Barry Switzer. Hall was let go, but was quickly hired to be the new offensive coordinator for the Florida Gators to replace Mike Shanahan, who had left Florida for the NFL.

Barry Switzer American football player and coach

Barry Layne Switzer is a former American football coach and player. He served for 16 years as head football coach at the University of Oklahoma and 4 years as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He won three national championships at Oklahoma, and led the Cowboys to win Super Bowl XXX against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has one of the highest winning percentages of any college football coach in history, and is one of only three head coaches to win both a college football national championship and a Super Bowl, the others being Jimmy Johnson and Pete Carroll.

Florida Gators football football team of the University of Florida

The Florida Gators football program represents the University of Florida in American college football. Florida competes in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They play their home games in Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on the university's Gainesville campus. The team's current head coach is Dan Mullen. The Gators have won three national championships and eight SEC titles in the 112-season history of Florida football.

Mike Shanahan American football coach

Michael Edward Shanahan is an American football coach, who was the head coach for the Los Angeles Raiders, Denver Broncos, and Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL) for a total of 20 seasons. During his 14 seasons with the Broncos, he led the team to consecutive Super Bowl victories in XXXII and XXXIII, which were the franchise's first two NFL titles.


Hall installed a conventional I formation offense at Florida under head coach Charley Pell for the 1984 season. [4] However, between the third and fourth games, Pell was fired after an NCAA investigation alleged 107 violations of NCAA rules. [5] Hall, who had not been at Florida when the violations occurred between 1979 and 1983, was made the interim head coach by athletic director Bill Carr. [5] [6]

The Gators won the remaining eight games on their schedule under Hall, including big wins over arch-rivals Georgia, Auburn, and Florida State, and finished with a 9–1–1 record. [7] [8] By virtue of an undefeated 5–0–1 conference record, [8] Florida won its first-ever Southeastern Conference (SEC) football championship. The team finished the season ranked No. 3 in the AP poll, the team's highest ever ranking up to that time. However, the SEC refused to allow the Gators to play in the Sugar Bowl; LSU went in their place. Two weeks after the end of the season, the NCAA slapped the Gators with two years' probation (a third year was later suspended) and banned them from bowl games and live television in 1985 and 1986. The most damaging sanction in the long run, however, was a limit of 20 new scholarships in 1985 and 1986, and a reduction to 85 total scholarships in 1985 and 75 in 1986. [9] Nonetheless, the Gators were crowned national champions by several minor polls, including that of The New York Times . Hall was named the Associated Press Coach of the Year [10] and university president Marshall Criser named him the permanent head coach at the end of the season. [6]

On May 30, 1985, the SEC university presidents voted 6–4 to vacate Florida's 1984 SEC title and make the team ineligible for the conference title during the upcoming 1985 and 1986 seasons because of the rule violations committed under Pell, overturning an executive committee ruling that allowed the Gators to keep their 1984 title. The decision drew much anger from Criser and Gator players and fans due to its retroactive nature. [11]

Despite the sanctions, Hall's 1985 Gators would again go 9–1–1 on the field and tie for the SEC lead with a 5–1 conference record, but could not claim the conference title because of NCAA and SEC probation. [8]

The 1984 and 1985 seasons are remembered as "Best in the SEC" years for Florida football. However, Hall's subsequent Gators teams were hamstrung by the severe sanctions imposed for violations under Pell, including scholarship restrictions that severely limited the team's number of scholarship players. Hall's first two recruiting classes only had 25 players. [12] His teams typically featured strong defense and a solid rushing attack (especially with record-setting running back Emmitt Smith). The sanctions began taking their full effect midway through Hall's tenure, however; between 1986 and 1989, Hall's Gators never won more than seven games in a season, and never won more than four games in SEC play. Even with the burden of the sanctions hanging over them, Hall's teams remained competitive; they never suffered a losing season overall and only had one losing SEC record. [8]

Interim university president Robert A. Bryan forced Hall's resignation in the middle of the 1989 season during another investigation of possible NCAA rule violations. The new allegations were primarily related to Hall paying several of his assistants out of his own pocket (violating an NCAA rule that capped salaries, a rule later found to be in violation of federal antitrust laws) as well as paying the legal expenses related to the child-support obligations of one of his players, allegations that he still denies. [12] [13] The NCAA ultimately slapped the Gators with two years' probation, and banned them from bowl consideration for the 1990 season. It deemed Hall's alleged violations serious enough that it would have kicked the Gators off live television during the 1990 season as well had school officials not forced Hall's resignation. [14] Hall has not been hired as a college head coach ever since—and indeed, wouldn't return to the collegiate ranks again in any capacity for 15 years—prompting later employer Joe Paterno to call him "a good coach who got screwed". [12]

Professional coaching

In 1992, Hall was the second head coach of the Orlando Thunder of the World League of American Football. He coached the team to an 8–2 record before losing to the Sacramento Surge in the World Bowl II championship game.

In 1994, Hall became the head coach of the Charlotte Rage of the Arena Football League. He led the team to a 5–7 record, and a spot in the playoffs. He went on to become head coach of the Rhein Fire in NFL Europe from 1995–2000, leading the team to three World Bowl berths, including NFL Europe championships in 1998 and 2000. He is the second-winningest coach in NFL Europe history with forty-four victories and was selected Coach of the Year three times.

In 2001 Hall was named head coach of the XFL's Orlando Rage, posting a league-best 8–2 record before losing in the first round of the playoffs. He was named XFL Coach of the Year in the league's only season. [15]

He was reunited with former Florida running back Emmitt Smith while serving as running backs coach for the Dallas Cowboys in 2002.

Back to college

In late 2004, Hall returned to his alma mater, Penn State, to become the offensive coordinator and running backs coach under head coach Joe Paterno, who had been an assistant coach at Penn State during his college days. The Nittany Lions were coming off of consecutive losing seasons, but finished the 2005 slate with an 11–1 record and a share of the Big Ten Conference title behind a much-improved offensive attack. They would win nine games in 2006 and 2007, and won the conference title in 2008 with another 11–1 record, earning a trip to the Rose Bowl and fielding one of top offenses in college football. [16]


Paterno was ousted late in the 2011 season due to fallout from the Penn State child sex abuse scandal. Though Hall had no connection to the scandal, new head coach Bill O'Brien let him go after the season along with the rest of Paterno's staff. In 2015, Hall and some of Paterno's other former assistant coaches filed suit against Penn State because the school allegedly did not fulfill their employment contracts and cut short payment of their severance packages. [17]

After leaving Penn State, Hall retired to Groveland, Florida. [18]

Head coaching record


Florida Gators (Southeastern Conference)(1984–1989)
1984 Florida 8–05–01st*ineligible73
1985 Florida 9–1–15–1T–1st ‡5
1986 Florida 6–52–4T–7th
1987 Florida 6–63–36thL Aloha
1988 Florida 7–54–3T–4thW All-American
1989 Florida 4–12–1
Florida:40–18–121–12 [8] * SEC championship vacated.
‡ Ineligible for SEC title, bowl game and Coaches' Poll
Total:40–18–1 [19]


TeamYearRegular seasonPostseason
WonLostTiesWin %FinishWonLostWin %Result
Orlando Thunder (WLAF)1992820.8001st in N. American East Div.11.500Lost World Bowl II to Sacramento Surge; WLAF Coach of the Year
Charlotte Rage (AFL)1994570.4173rd in East---
Rhein Fire (WLAF)1995460.4005th in league---
Rhein Fire (WLAF)1996370.3006th in league---
Rhein Fire (WLAF)1997730.7001st in league11.500Lost World Bowl V to Barcelona Dragons
Rhein Fire (NFL Europe)1998730.7001st in league201.000Won World Bowl VI over Frankfurt Galaxy; NFL Europe Coach of the Year
Rhein Fire (NFL Europe)1999640.6003rd in league----
Rhein Fire (NFL Europe)2000730.7001st in league101.000Won World Bowl VIII over Scottish Claymores; NFL Europe Coach of the Year
Orlando Rage (XFL)2001820.8001st in Eastern Div.01.000XFL Coach of the Year
Total (WLAF/NFLE)42280.60052.7142 League Championships; 3 Coach of the Year Awards
Total55370.59853.6252 League Championships; 4 Coach of the Year Awards

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