Resignation effective at end of season, National search begins immediately
Jean Hall enters his fifth season as the head coach for the Louisiana Tech Bulldog golf team as the university turned to a familiar face in July of 2003 when they named Hall as the successor to Tom Stinson.
Hall has proven to be the perfect fit for the Bulldog program.
During his five seasons, Hall has taken strides in leading the Bulldogs towards a coveted Western Athletic Conference championship title, although the ultimate goal still eludes the young team.
Hall made his mark on the Bulldog golf program in only his second season as he led Louisiana Tech to a fourth-place finish at the 2005 Western Athletic Conference Championships.
During the 2007-08 season, Hall's young team showed signs of breaking out, including finishing third in the Squire Creek Invitational where it bested some of the top teams in the country.
Individually, sophomore Matthew Harvey and junior Amrith de Soysa both captured individual titles during the season with Harvey claiming the Squire Creek Invitational title and de Soysa winning the Rice Intercollegiate title.
Tech has made significant progress under Hall's reign due to his ability to recruit quality student-athletes as he has signed some of the best recruiting classes in Bulldog golf history.
Hall inked arguably Tech's top recruit in decades when Harvey signed with the Bulldogs. Harvey led the Bulldogs in scoring average as a true freshman and sophomore and earned first team all-WAC honors as a sophomore. Harvey's 73.13 scoring average in 2007-08 was the best by a Bulldog golfer since 1993.
Hall also signed three golfers who began their collegiate careers this past year, including two of the top high school talents in the state of Louisiana in Patrick Blunt and Ben Suarez who both redshirted.
In 2006-07, the Bulldogs improved their team scoring average by over 20 strokes per tournament from the previous season and registered the best scoring average by a Louisiana Tech team in the past 15 years.
Tech also won the 2007 Hal Sutton Invitational in Shreveport this past spring, defeating UL-Lafayette in a playoff.
Hall has also been instrumental in fundraising for the Tech program as he has instituted the Eagle Club, the fundraising arm for Bulldog golf. Two endowed scholarships have also been set up for Bulldog golf under Hall's direction thanks to the generosity of Debbie Rivers and Dr. William and Leu Wilder.
A long-time academic fixture at Louisiana Tech, Hall had been retired for two years after serving as Vice President for Student Affairs and University Advancement from 1988-2002.
Hall's academic knowledge combined with his golf knowledge and abilities provides Tech's golfers the opportunity to succeed in all phases of collegiate life, both on the links and in the classroom.
This is the second stint as a head golf coach for the long-time North Louisiana educator and scratch golfer, who also served as head coach at Ruston High School while also assisting then Ruston's boy's basketball head coach Leon Barmore and serving as a American History teacher in the 1970s.
Hall also served as Dean of Student Life and Director of Elementary Programs for the Lincoln Parish School Board prior to become a Vice President at Louisiana Tech.
He earned his degree in elementary-secondary education from Louisiana Tech in 1968 and followed that up with a master's in elementary education from Tech in 1972.
Hall picked up his Ed.D. in Administration-Supervision from the University of Louisiana-Monroe in 1981.
The native of Homer, La., is married to Jan Martin Hall and the couple has two children, Lance Hall and Leslea Hall.