BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Tim Hall has been named the new director of cycling and head cycling coach at Lees-McRae College, announced Director of Athletics Craig McPhail Monday.
"We spent a great deal of time looking for someone with the character, experience and credibility to elevate our cycling program to the level we all expect it to be," explained McPhail. "Our location and tradition are true drawing points to have us regarded as one of the best collegiate cycling programs in the country. With Tim, we have someone who can map out our future with great promise. I have watched his teams at Cumberland ride with great heart and talent. His professionalism and care for those young people were items that stuck with me over time."
Hall comes to the Bobcats from Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tenn., where he served as the head cycling coach since the fall of 2005. During his tenure, Hall transformed the Cumberland cycling program in a national powerhouse at the Division II level of USA Cycling, culminating in a final national team ranking of second in 2012.
"I am honored to have this opportunity at Lees-McRae," said Hall. "I was drawn to the strong commitment from Dr. Buxton and Craig McPhail, tremendous community support, and the overall enthusiasm for cycling in Banner Elk. It will take a lot of work for us to hit our stride, but we have all the right ingredients to win national championships."
He has led Cumberland to several strong performances on the national stage, finishing fourth at track in 2010 following by a third place showing in 2011. Cumberland also did well at cyclocross and road, finishing second at cyclocross nationals in 2012 and fourth at road nationals that same season.
"Cumberland University will always hold a special place in my heart," expressed Hall. "I am proud of our accomplishments during my eight years there as coach, but the opportunity at Lees-McRae was one I simply could not pass up."
Hall also brings a tremendous background in business, having launched NashvilleCyclist.com in 2004, which is an online bicycling resource for the city of Nashville and the Southeast region. As part of that initiative, Hall started a regional elite cycling team in 2006, a squad which grew to 30 riders of all abilities by 2012. Additionally, Hall has been involved in the community throughout his career, spearheading community service projects in the Nashville area such as Ride for Reading and the Wounded Warrior Project while at Cumberland.
"Tim Hall gives us a person who can leave a lasting impression on our young people, draw new talented riders and will chart a very bright future for our cycling program and community," praised McPhail. "I am excited to watch him work and work with him to build the program to a point where it is mentioned regularly by anyone in the US as the best collegiate cycling program."
Hall holds both a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Business Administration from Cumberland, where he played baseball and earned NAIA All-American honors. He was drafted out of Cumberland in the 31st round of the 1991 First-Year Player Draft by the San Diego Padres, spending two years in the Padres system as a catcher for their Single-A affiliates in Spokane, Wash. and Charleston, S.C. Hall also played for the Corpus Christi Barracudas in the summer of 1994, batting .307 with eight home runs and 37 runs batted in.
"For me personally, this is the chance of a lifetime," said Hall. "I get to coach talented athletes, enjoy university and community support, and live and ride in the mountains. What more could a coach ask for? To be honest, I cannot wipe the smile off my face!"
What they're saying about Coach Hall
Stuart Lamp, Southeast Regional Coordinator for USA Cycling: "I am ecstatic to see Tim take over as the coach at LMC. Tim will provide excellent leadership, and experience in the sport to take the program to a new level of success."
Dean Peterson, head cycling coach at Marian University: "Tim is one of the pillars and role models of the growing collegiate cycling culture in America. He has worked hard to develop cycling within the comprehensive student-athlete experience through his tremendous work at Cumberland University. I sincerely believe that Tim will bring new strength, stability, and promise to the Lees-McRae cycling team - one of the perennial greats of collegiate cycling."
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