Lake Norman & Mooresville

New Davidson Day AD hires friend, former boss

It's not often that someone gets to hire their former boss.

But that's exactly what new Davidson Day athletic director Tim Weir did when he tagged former UNC Charlotte track coach David Hall as the Patriots' cross country coach.

The two met in 1992 when Hall, who coached the 49ers for 20 years, interviewed Weir for an assistant position. Weir got the job and worked as Hall's only assistant for four years.

Weir said he was excited to get Hall to join his blooming athletic program, which is getting ready for its first football season and boasts a promising basketball team that could compete for a state championship.

"We complement each other very well," said Weir.

He added that it's also been gratifying to be able to hire his mentor.

"I'm thrilled; I couldn't be happier," he said. "We feel that this is another opportunity to do very well together."

Weir, named athletic director at Davidson Day in May, said when he first interviewed for the job he had Hall in mind to take over the open cross country job.

But Weir had to first convince Hall to get back into coaching after nearly a decade-long hiatus.

Hall stepped down from his UNCC duties because of the toll of year-round recruiting and traveling.

Since his coaching retirement, Hall has been teaching English at Bailey Middle School, where he will continue working.

But Weir said it was surprisingly easy to get Hall to consider the Davidson Day job.

"He seemed to spark up when we started first talking about it," said Weir. "All it took was a few old stories about some of our kids, and I think that got his juices flowing a little bit."

Hall admits that he's excited about getting back into coaching, explaining he signed on to lead the Patriots' young cross country program mostly to have the chance to work with Weir again.

"We had a real good relationship at UNCC together, we're friends and I just feel that with him on board it was going to be a really good opportunity," said Hall.

"I know Tim's commitment to building things, and I think that's what we did at UNC Charlotte and that's kind of the way I see it happening here."

He added that he's especially eager to get a chance to put his stamp on the program, which will be in its second season this fall.

"It's going to be a neat opportunity to start a new thing here," said Hall. "That's going to be a lot of fun."

At UNC Charlotte, Hall became the men's cross country coach in 1981. As the track program grew, Hall took on more responsibility, becoming the women's cross country coach in 1985 before being in charge of the indoor and outdoor track and field programs as the 49ers added these programs.

"The program really took off," he said.

Hall coached five all-Americans during his UNCC tenure, during which he was also named conference coach of the year five times - three times in the Metro Conference and twice in Conference USA.

Hall was also instrumental in the planning and designing of the university's Irwin Belk Track and Field Center.

When Hall and Weir first started working together, UNC Charlotte was barely on anyone's radar, but now they take pride in the growth of the 49ers' track and field team, which has become a perennial competitor in the conference.

"We laid the foundation for what they're doing out there now, which is great," said Hall.

Hall's addition to Davidson Day should have a significant impact on the growth of the school's cross country team.

Weir, who will also serve as the head coach of the school's track and field team, already enlisted Hall's help, naming him his assistant.

Hall has started working, getting in touch with some of last year's cross country runners and other students who have expressed interest in running. The team will meet Aug. 1, leading up to practice the following day.

The Patriots will be young, having students from fifth grade up, but Hall knows he'll have to be patient, just like he was at UNCC.

"Cross country is a sport that if you work hard and are patient, you're going to get better," he said. "It's usually just a matter of time."

Weir said he's sure his newest coach will grow the program into a successful one.

"I know coach Hall will be fine," he said. "The sky is the limit."