A longtime baseball coach at Houston High School, Brent Hall is taking a stab at softball, too.
Hall was named the new HHS softball coach during the closed session of Monday’s board meeting. He replaces Willy Walker, who resigned in December following three years with the program.
Hall, a 1992 HHS graduate, begins his 15th season on Monday as head coach of the baseball program. He was Walker’s assistant coach this past season –– a fact he believes gives him a head start with the softball program.
“I really enjoyed working with the girls and coach Walker,” said Hall, who is 220-128 with the baseball program. “I learned things that will hopefully make the transition smoother.”
Hall’s assistant coach will be the same as with the baseball program. Ryan Munson, a 2001 HHS graduate who played under Hall, was approved by the school board as the new assistant softball coach.
Munson has worked alongside Hall as a volunteer assistant and now in an official capacity for about six years. Hall said his acceptance of the head coach position was contingent on hiring an assistant who could be in charge when Hall needed to be with the baseball team during the summer.
“It’s good to know that if I’m not there, Ryan will do exactly what I would do if I was there,” Hall said. “We work good together on the baseball field, and I think it will be the same in softball as well.”
After spending a season with the softball program, Hall said there are several unique components in the game of softball. He pointed out the game included more strategy than baseball and a completely different pitching technique.
“Probably the hardest thing will be pitching,” Hall said. “Whether it be getting girls to lessons or having someone work with them, we’ll do whatever it takes.”
The softball team earned the program’s first-ever district victory in 2011 and finished with a 10-11 record. The Lady Tigers are eligible to return the entire roster, including seven all-conference selections and all-state shortstop Taylor Franklin.
“They’re talented and should be for the next few years,” Hall said. “I’m really looking forward to it.”