Brandon Hall is in his seventh year as Charlotte's Associate Head Coach, his 11th season as the team's recruiting coordinator and 14th season total with the coaching staff. His main on-field responsibilities are with the pitching staff and catchers.
For the second-straight season, Hall was named to the USA Baseball Tournament of Stars Coaching Staff presented by Major League Baseball. Hall will be a part of the the coaching staff with will assist the 2015 18U National Team in selectecting the participants for the National Team Trials.
In 2015, Hall helped starter Sean Geoghegan earn NCCSIA All-State Second Team honors after posting a 6-5 record with a staff leading 2.46 ERA. In front of a National Television audience on the American Sports Network, Geoghegan would toss 7.2 innings of shutout ball scattering six hits with six strikeouts in the win. Geoghegan was also named Conference USA's Pitcher of the Week later in the year on April 27th. Geoghegan tossed a complete game, six-hit shutout at UAB on April 24th striking out five over the course of his 120 pitches to earn the honors. The outing at UAB was one of four shutouts on the season by the Niners pitching staff.
In 2014, Hall guided his pitching staff to a 3.76 ERA led by the starting core of Ryan Butler, Corey Roberts and Brock Hudgens. The trio combined to post 3.55 ERA on the weekends. Out of the bullpen, Micah Wells (1.02) and Hunter May (1.70) each post sub-two ERA's while Logan Sherer went 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA.
In his 18 seasons as an assistant at two different schools, Hall's teams have won eight regular-season championships and seven of his pitching staffs have been ranked nationally in ERA, including the top spot in the nation in 2007 (at 2.64). The 2011 squad finished 10th in the country with a 2.81 ERA, while allowing the sixth-fewest hits per nine innings (7.43) in the nation. A philosophy that is built on development and efficiency has consistently prepared pitching staffs to perform at extremely high levels.
The 2013 49ers staff posted its fourth season of a 3.50 earned run average or lower in his tenure with the 49ers. Strikeouts were up, walks were down and the pitching staff was key in the program's 37-win season, the team's sixth season of 35 or more wins in the last eight years. Charlotte also had its sixth First-Team All-Conference Pitcher in Hall's tenure, adding to three Second-Team selections, one Honorable Mention and six All-Rookie selections while the pitching mentor.
In 2007, Charlotte finished second in winning percentage. The team moved up four spots from their 2006 ranking to 52nd in strikeouts per nine innings. Two pitchers (Mills & Steedley) were ranked in the top 100 in strikeouts. He has coached ten all-conference pitchers, four all-Freshman pitchers, two pitchers of the year, three freshman All-Americans and one consensus All-American, Adam Mills. Mills was the ace of the 2007 staff. He led the country in wins (14) and ERA (1.01). For his accomplishments, Mills was also a Finalist for the Roger Clemens Award, A-10 Pitcher of the Year, Semi-Finalist for the Dick Howser Award and Semi-Finalist for the Golden Spikes Award. Fully 11 of Hall's 14 pitching staffs have improved their earned run average or runs per game allowed from the previous season. He has coached 22 pitchers that went on to sign professional contracts.
In the past 13 years with Charlotte, Hall has seen 14 Niners move to the professional level. Most recently, Ryan Butler was selected in the 2014 MLB Draft in the 7th Round by the San Diego Padres while Brock Hudgens became a 31st Round pick by the Milwaukee Brewers. During the summer of 2015, Butler was on the fast track to the "bigs" being promoted to Double-A San Antonio in the Padres organization. Hudgens also made a nice jump moving to Low-A Wisconsin midway through his second season. Tyler Barnette, drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 2013, had also climbed the minor league ladder to Double-A Birmingham during the 2015 season.
A reoccurring theme within these pitchers is their success at the next level. Erik Walker ('06) was named Baseball America's Short Season-A Relief Pitcher of the Year in 2006. Spencer Steedley and Derek McDaid were named Midwest League All-Stars in 2008. Steedley returned to All-Star form in the Florida State League the following summer of 2009. Adam Mills was named to the Boston Red Sox "Futures Game" and pitched in Fenway Park during the 2007 season. Andrew Smith earned a mid-season promotion in his first professional season and earned Cal League Pitcher of the Week to finish the 2012 season. All three seniors from the 2007 staff were given the chance to move into professional baseball (Mills - Boston, Steedley - Minnesota, Foard - New York Yankees).
The 2008 draft saw more success to the Niner pitching staff as junior Zach Rosenbaum was selected by the New York Mets.
Over the past 11 seasons, Hall has also worked with the Niner catchers. 2010 catcher Ross Steedley earned First-Team All-Atlantic 10 and All-Tournament Team honors. 2009 catcher Zane Williams was named an All-Atlantic 10 catcher in just his first year with the team. 2008 catcher Chris Taylor was named Co-Conference Player of the Year. In 2007, four-year starter Kris Rochelle was named All A-10 and was drafted by Detroit in the 22nd round, improving on his selection out of high school.
Catching for the Niners has been a daunting task because Hall asks them to handle the pitching staff defensively on top of their offensive duties. Both Rochelle and Taylor were able to handle most of the pitch calling responsibilities while Rochelle hit .404 (winning the league's batting title) in 2007 and Taylor hit .349 and led the league with 19 homers in 2008. Both Rochelle and Taylor were named by Rivals.com as Top Five catchers in the country at the conclusion of their season behind the dish. Steedley led the team with a .342 batting average in 2010, starting 40 of Charlotte's 59 games behind the plate. He caught a 49ers squad that led the league and finished 10th in the country with a 2.81 eraned run average.
Before joining the coaching staff at Charlotte, he spent four seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, UNC Wilmington, where he also worked with the pitchers.
In four years at UNCW, the pitching staff finished each season ranked among the top 30 nationally in team ERA, including a fourth-place finish in 2001 with a 3.20 ERA.
Hall also spent two summers on the coaching staff of the Wilson Tobs in the Coastal Plain League. In 2001, he served as the Tobs' manager and guided the team to a berth in the CPL Finals, coaching in the league's all-star game that summer.
The Raleigh, N.C., native was a two-year letterwinner as a pitcher at UNCW. He won seven games and had a 3.87 ERA in two seasons on the mound. He was twice elected president of the student-athlete advisory committee at UNCW, where he graduated in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in business marketing. Hall lives in Concord, N.C. and is married to the former Erin Blinzler.
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