Knoxville, Tenn--(UT Sports) Tennessee director of track and field Beth Alford-Sullivan announced the addition of veteran sprint coach Tim Hall to the staff Tuesday.
Hall comes to Rocky Top having spent last season as sprints coach at Kentucky as the Wildcats put together a banner performance in the women’s competition. He held a similar position the five previous years at Clemson and also spent 12 seasons coaching at Charlotte.
“He’s a teacher and a technician and also a great motivator,” Alford-Sullivan said. “On top of that, he’s a recruiter. He’s someone that young people will not only be confident in running for, they’ll trust him. When you build an atmosphere of trust among your student-athletes and coaches, it just really takes off.
“We’re thrilled to get him in place and get him to Knoxville. I couldn’t be more happy with what he has to offer us.”
Hall has coached winners on the conference and national level, having produced SEC and ACC individual champions and multiple NCAA winners and medalists. That success continued last weekend when Nick Anderson won the 110-meter hurdles at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships.
“I'm looking forward to the opportunity to work alongside Coach Sullivan," Hall said. "She's a proven winner, both as a coach and administratively.
"We have some very talented kids here already. I'm looking forward to getting in and seeing where they want to go and putting together a plan that’s feasible to attain those goals. I’m excited to help get them elevated to national level where they have been competing."
Alford-Sullivan's staff is starting to take shape. Assistant coaches remaining on staff include Rodney Stoker (distance), John Newell (throws) and Zach Glavash (sprints). Barbara Powers is also staying on board as the director of operations.
“With the addition of Tim, I think we’re going to be one of the best staffs in the country,” Alford-Sullivan said. “That’s our goal. Not just to rebuild this program, but eventually be the best in the game. We’re looking forward to it.”
Last season at Kentucky, Hall’s sprinters helped vault the UK women into the top 10 on the national stage. Kentucky finished ninth at the NCAA indoor meet and a program-best seventh at NCAA outdoors.
Individually, Dezerea Bryant became the first Kentucky woman to win an NCAA sprint championship. At the 2014 NCAA indoor championships, she won the 200-meter dash in 22.69 seconds and also finished second in a photo finish in the 60 dash (7.12) to account for 18 team points.
In his time at Clemson, Hall has five Regional Coach of the Year honors and has coached two IAAF World Junior Champions, three NCAA Champions, six ACC MVP winners, 39 ACC Individual Event Champions and 71 USTFCCCA All-Americans.
Hall notably coached three-time NCAA champion hurdler Brianna Rollins, who set the American record in the 100-meter hurdles (12.26 seconds) in 2013. He has also coached a pair of 2012 Olympians, including Warren Fraser (Bahamas).
Hall was an assistant for Charlotte from 1996-2008, serving as associate head coach his final three years. While there, he coached the school's first-ever All-Americans in men’s and women’s sprints.
Prior to his time with Charlotte Hall was the head coach for the Queen City Striders AAU Track Club for six years. In 1995, the Striders earned 36 medals at the AAU Junior Olympic Games under Hall's guidance.
Alford-Sullivan said Hall will work together with fellow assistant Glavash with Tennessee’s sprint, hurdles and relays group. Glavash recently completed his first season at Tennessee coaching the men’s sprinters.
“I had a commitment to having two coaches in those events because it’s a stronghold in the conference and beyond,” Alford-Sullivan said. “To be good at track and field, you have to have some strength coming from those areas.”
“I do see Tim and Zach working together with both genders. I’m excited to see someone as established as Coach Hall and someone as enthusiastic and talented as Coach Glavash combine to make us strong at sprints, hurdles and relays.”
Hall is married to the former Adrean Byers. The couple has two children (TeAnna and Timothy Jr.) and one granddaughter (Zanyla).
Hall graduated with a bachelor's degree in Psychology from South Carolina State in 1994. He was a three-time captain for the Bulldogs' track team and an All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference performer as well.