West­lake’s Hall re­signs as coach

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - SPORTS - By Jon Behm [email protected]­ingjour­nal.com @MJ_JBehm on Twit­ter

The Demons are look­ing for a new head coach.

Ja­son Hall an­nounced his res­ig­na­tion as the West­lake foot­ball coach on Dec. 7 af­ter four sea­sons in charge.

West­lake be­comes the se­cond Morn­ing Jour­nal area school to search for a new coach in the off­sea­son, join­ing Elyria, which parted ways with Sean Arno in early Novem­ber.

He was 12-30 at West­lake, lead­ing the Demons to their se­cond ever play­off berth in 2016, de­liv­er­ing the pro­gram’s se­cond play­off win in a 48-41 over­time thriller against Hol­land Spring­field — a game in which West­lake en­tered the fourth quar­ter trail­ing 41-14.

Hall cited want­ing to spend more time with his fam­ily as a key rea­son for his de­ci­sion.

“Af­ter spend­ing the last 20-plus years of my life in­volved in foot­ball as either an ath­lete or a coach, I feel I owe it to my fam­ily to be able have a more flex­i­ble sched­ule that en­ables me to watch them do what they love,” Hall said in a state­ment. “We have made our home in West­lake and love the area and the school. I just feel that at this time in my life, this is a de­ci­sion I need to make for my fam­ily. I still in­tend to be ac­tive with our coaches and ath­letes, help­ing our ath­letic de­part­ment in any way I can.”

Among his other stops while coach­ing, Hall spent time at Ravenna South­east, Brush, Nor­do­nia and, prior to head­ing to West­lake, Mas­sil­lon Wash­ing­ton. He guided Ravenna South­east and Brush to their first play­off ap­pear­ances, while he left Mas­sil­lon Wash­ing­ton third on the all-time win­ningest coaches list.

He leaves West­lake with a ca­reer record of 107-82.

Hall will re­main ac­tive in the West­lake City School Dis­trict as a Health and Phys­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion teacher and will con­tinue as an as­sis­tant to Ath­letic Direc­tor Tony Cipol­lone as a Fac­ulty Man­ager.

“I would like to thank Coach Hall for his ded­i­ca­tion to the West­lake foot­ball pro­gram,” Cipol­lone said. “He has helped to build a solid foun­da­tion on which the foot­ball pro­gram can con­tinue to grow. I look for­ward to work­ing with him in his new role as we con­tinue to de­velop our over­all ath­letic pro­gram.”

The search for Hall’s re­place­ment will be­gin im­me­di­ately.

AIMEE BIELOZER — THE MORN­ING JOUR­NAL

West­lake coach Ja­son Hall talks to his team af­ter the Demons de­feated Hol­land Spring­field in over­time on Nov. 4, 2016. Hall stepped down as West­lake’s coach on Dec. 7.

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