Loyola Blakefield head football coach stepping down after 5 seasons

Posted at 12:09 AM, Sep 21, 2016

After five seasons as the Dons head coach, Brant Hall will be stepping down at the end of the 2016 season.

Hall, a 1998 graduate of Loyola Blakefield, has coached for the program for nearly 15 years. He was appointed to head coach in 2012 after serving nine years as offensive coordinator.

“Brant brings so much joy to the game of football, and our boys have benefited by his example both on and off the field,” said principal John Marinacci in a statement. “He is a model Don that will continue to be an influential figure in the life of our school community.”

While attending Loyola, Hall started as varsity quarterback for three seasons. He was named Baltimore Sun's Metro Player of the Year in 1997. In addition, he was a member of two tri-championship teams and one MIAA championship team. He then attended Lehigh University, where he was named 1st Team All Patriot League twice. During his time at Lehigh, the team won four consecutive Patriot League Championships.

In stepping down, Hall said he hopes to devote more time to his family.

“Football is a great game that I love very much and I’m honored to coach at Loyola,” said Hall. “My two boys are getting older and my wife and I have our own hopes and dreams to pursue together as a family.” As a player and coach, Brant has been active in football for 29 years. “It’s a great game, but at the end of the day, still just a game,” said Hall. “I’ve been honored to be able to use football as a means to inspire young men. They’ll never be defined by what they do on the field, but by their actions beyond it. I hope I’ve made a positive difference in their lives.”

Hall also serves as assistant director of athletics and will continue to do so. He will also play a role in recruitment efforts.

“We still have a lot of season left and our goal is to continue to work hard for the win each week,” said Hall. “I might not be coaching these boys in football going forward, but I’m not stepping out of their lives. I want to be there for them and have the opportunity to help them grow.”

Loyola will begin searching for a new head coach in December.