Galen Hall, who led the Rhein Fire
to a pair of NFL-Europe League championships in the past
three years, has been named Head Coach and Director of Football
Operations for the new XFL franchise in Orlando, team Vice
President and General Manager Tom Veit announced today.
"We could not have been more fortunate in hiring a
coach of Galen's Hall stature," Veit said in making
the announcement. "Galen has coached many championship
teams at both the college and professional levels and is
widely respected throughout the coaching ranks for his ability
to identify and develop young talent and then produce winning
football teams with those players. That experience, combined
with the fact that he is a long-time Central Florida resident
and well known in the community, made Galen the ideal candidate
for this position."
"Orlando XFL presents a unique and exciting opportunity
for me," Hall added. "The chance to come back
home to coach professional football was an important factor
in my decision, but it was not the over-riding factor. From
the beginning, I was extremely impressed with the XFL's
commitment to the sport. We're going to put a product on
the field that's going to be fast-paced, exciting and fun
and I am looking forward to the challenge of helping to
build Orlando XFL into one of the league's best franchises."
Hall led the Fire to a 7-3 regular season record in 2000.
He capped off the season with a 13-10 win over Scotland
in the World Bowl. In seven seasons (1995-2000) with Rhein,
Hall recorded an overall record of 36-27 (.571) and took
the team to three championship games, winning titles in
both 1998 and 2000. Hall also served as Head Coach of the
Orlando Thunder in 1992. He paced Orlando to a 9-1 regular
season record and another World Bowl appearance against
Sacramento. He served as offensive coordinator for the Thunder
in 1991. Overall, his 44 wins is the second most in NFL
Europe/World League of American Football history. He also
claimed three "Coach of the Year" titles.
In 1994, Hall was Head Coach and Director of Football Operations
for the Charlotte Rage of the Arena Football League, where
he led that team to a playoff berth. He was Head Coach of
the University of Florida from1984-89, where he led the
Gators to a 41-18-1 record and a pair of Southeast Conference
titles. Hall was named Associated Press "Coach of the
Year" in 1984 when his team was named National Champions
by the computer rankings of both the New York Times and
Sporting News. He was the first coach in SEC history to
win 16 consecutive games and the first Florida coach to
win back-to-back conference championships.
Hall began his coaching career at West Virginia, where he
tutored running backs and receivers in 1964-65. He joined
the coaching staff at Oklahoma as offensive coordinator
in 1966. He spent 18 seasons at Oklahoma, where he coached
Heisman Trophy winners Steve Owens and Billy Sims. During
his tenure at OU, the Sooners captured two national championships
and 10 Big Eight titles.
An outstanding quarterback at Penn State (1959-61), Hall
played two seasons in the NFL for the Washington Redskins
(1962) and New York Jets (1963), before turning his attention
to coaching. His first year with Orlando XFL will mark Galen's
30th season as a football coach. Born in Altoona, Pa., Hall
resides in Oviedo, FL with his wife Elaine.