Gary Hall resigns as Middleburg hoops coach

August 8, 2011

After reviving the Middleburg Academy boys’ basketball team and guiding the Dragons to a 26-5 record last season, Gary Hall has resigned as the team’s coach.

“I just decided to resign, no big deal,” said Hall, who previously was a successful coach at Herndon High, where he still teaches. “After 30 years of bus rides and spending Thanksgiving and Christmas with other people’s kids, I just don’t want to do it anymore. I had a great run.”

Arnold Klingenberg, Middleburg’s acting head of school, said that Hall was offered a contract for the coming school year.

Formerly known as Notre Dame Academy, the school had fielded a high-powered basketball team but did not have a team in the 2008-09 season. In 2009-10, the school brought the team back and before last season hired Hall, who brought in several transfers, including some who planned to reclassify and will compete as fifth-year seniors this coming season.

One of those players, forward Mo Alie , this summer committed to play for Virginia Commonwealth. Another, point guard Nik Brown , is being recruited by several colleges.

Ryan DeHaven, Hall’s assistant coach last season, will be the school’s new head coach.

Hall, who said his two daughters attend private school in Texas, said he will focus his time and energy on growing his business of private basketball instruction.

“I’ve been doing some over the past year, individual and small group instruction,” Hall said. “That’s what I really enjoy, getting in the gym and working with kids.”

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