Fla. (April 19, 2001) -- Galen Hall, who led the Orlando
Rage to the best record in the XFL’s inaugural season, was
named “Coach of the Year” today after a vote of league head
coaches and General Managers.
“Galen Hall is not only a great coach but is also a great
person,” Orlando Rage Vice President and General Manager
Tom Veit said. “This award shows the great respect given
to him from our entire league. Every member of the Rage
organization is extremely proud of Coach Hall and his accomplishments.”
Hall led the Rage to a league-best 8-2 regular season record
and an Eastern Division championship despite losing starting
quarterback and “Player of the Year” candidate Jeff Brohm
to a shoulder injury in Week 7.
“This is really a team honor and not an individual one,”
Hall said. “It’s a tribute to our players and staff and
a testimony to their hard work and dedication. We had a
group of players who would fight to the end.”
During the season, Hall’s team would have to come from behind
four times in the fourth quarter to win games. His Orlando
Rage team finished second in the league in scoring (213
points), even though it failed to have a quarterback throw
for more than 250 yards in a game, nor having a running
back gain more than 69 yards in a single game.
Hall has not been a stranger to post-season accolades. He
was named “Coach of the Year” three times in seven seasons
in NFL-Europe/World League, including the 2000 season when
he led the Rhein Fire to the World Bowl championship. He
earned the Associated Press “National Coach of the Year”
and “SEC Coach of the Year” honors in 1984, when he took
over a 1-1-1 Florida Gators team during week four and led
that team to eight consecutive victories. In nine seasons
as a professional head coach, Hall has led his team to the
playoffs six times, advanced to the championship game four
times and won a pair of titles.
A former offensive coordinator for 18 seasons at the University
of Oklahoma, Hall’s all-time record as a head coach stands
at 98-59-1 (.620). Counting his years as an assistant coach
and offensive coordinator, Hall has been a part of more
than 273 victories.