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A Hall of Fame coach isn't holding back after resigning from Biloxi High

Biloxi head football coach Bobby Hall paces the sideline during the first quarter of their game against D'Iberville at Biloxi Stadium on Friday, Sept. 22, 2016. Biloxi hosts Pascagoula on Friday.
Biloxi head football coach Bobby Hall paces the sideline during the first quarter of their game against D'Iberville at Biloxi Stadium on Friday, Sept. 22, 2016. Biloxi hosts Pascagoula on Friday. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com file

Bobby Hall’s Hall of Fame coaching career will not come to an end at Biloxi High School.

The school’s head football coach told the Sun Herald on Tuesday that he was stepping down from his position after three seasons following a disagreement with the school district over his contract.

“My resignation was prompted by the school’s decision to restructure my contract,” Hall said Tuesday. “We could not come to terms so we have decided to part ways. I started to rebuild this in the sixth and seventh grade when I came here. Coaching is a lot like farming. We were about to reap the fruits of our labor. I love these kids. The next coach will inherit a really good football program for the next two years.”

Biloxi released a short statement Tuesday night regarding Hall's resignation:

"The Biloxi School District accepted Head Football Coach Bobby Hall’s resignation at tonight’s school board meeting. We wish him luck in his future endeavors. The search for the next leader of Biloxi Indians Football will start immediately and we are looking forward to the future."

Hall was hired in January of 2015 to take over a Biloxi football program that’s had only fleeting success in recent years. In three seasons at Biloxi, he finished 12-22. His best season came in 2016 when he led the Indians to a 6-6 record and a playoff bid.

Biloxi discovered its passing game in the second half against D’Iberville while running back Kenyatta Harrell moved the ball on the ground to set up Cade Ganey’s game winning field goal for a 26-23 upset win.

“The next group will get them a bunch of good players,” Hall said. “Down here (on the Coast), it’s like Conference USA or the Sun Belt. It’s not the SEC West. It’s kind of mind boggling to me that back in the 60’s and 70’s that the best high school football in the entire state of Mississippi was played on the Coast. Now, I’m not sure if it’s not the worst.” 

Hall, who turned 63 last week, was emphatic that he is not retiring from coaching.

“I’m not retiring from coaching. I’m just retiring from Biloxi,” Hall said.

As far as how many years he has left in the profession, he’s not sure.

“This is my 40th year as a coach and 33 of those have been as a head coach in high school,” Hall said. “Man, I don’t know. Nick Saban is 66 and Bill Snyder is 78. I just feel like I’ve still got a lot to bring to the table. 

“I really feel if anybody was ever put on this earth to coach high school football, it was Bobby Hall. I don’t have a lot of talent, but I do have a talent for working with young men. I can’t build a birdhouse or fix a car. I’m not mechanically inclined, but I can get young men to do what I want them to do for some reason. I’ve had such a great career. The funny thing is my resume says I was a great football coach. I didn’t have a lot of success here. I don’t know, maybe I forgot how to coach. But my resume is so pretty my mother could have wrote it.” 

Hall, who is considered a coaching legend in Mississippi, was 87-31 in years at Madison Central before arriving at Biloxi. 

He is the state’s second all-time winningest public schools coach with a career record of 310-105. 

Hall has stints at Raleigh (1980-83), Amory (1984-89; 93-99), Louisville (1990-92), Wayne County (2000) and Madison Central (2006-14). After playing for state titles while at Amory in 1987 and 1988, Hall won state championships at Louisville in 1991 and Amory in 1994, 1995, 1998. He also spent time as the head coach at Northeast Mississippi Community College (2001-02), the quarterbacks coach at Murray State (2004-05) and the head coach of the now defunct National Indoor Football League’s Tupelo Fire Ants (2003).

Patrick Magee: 228-896-2333, @Patrick_Magee

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