CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Associate Head Coach and Pitching Coach Brandon Hall will step away from the Charlotte 49ers baseball program to pursue other business opportunities Head Coach Loren Hibbs announced on Wednesday afternoon. Hall will leave the Niners after 15 years of service alongside Hibbs.
“A tremendous opportunity was presented to me 15 years ago,” stated Hall. “I have to thank Loren for taking a chance on a young coach who had plenty of 'ideas' on what needed to happen. I have had the privilege to be a part of a great program, a growing University and some really good teams. I am most grateful to our players and alumni. What I have enjoyed the most is those relationships built with that great group. Moving forward, I believe this group of players is ready to take a huge step forward. I will be watching as a fan and will be their biggest supporter.”
Hall has helped 14 Niners move to the professional level with Ryan Butler and Brock Hudgens being drafted in 2014. Accolades by former pitchers under Hall include a Baseball America Short Season-A Relief Pitcher of the Year in 2006 along with multiple players who earned all star honors in the minor leagues. Seven of his pitching staffs have been ranked nationally in ERA including the #1 spot in the country back in 2007 with a 2.64 ERA. In 2011, the pitching core finished 10th with a 2.81 ERA.
“We accomplished many great things during the 14-plus years Brandon spent as an assistant coach in our program,” remarked Hibbs. “Brandon is a Niner and will always be part of our Charlotte family. I want to thank him for the effort he put forth and his commitment to our student-athletes. I wish nothing but the best for Brandon and Erin as they move forward in life.”
In 2016, Hall helped the 49ers return to postseason play by clinching a spot in the Conference USA Tournament last month. A national search for Hall’s replacement will begin immediately.