Steve Hall begins his eighth season atop the WPI Wrestling program in 2017-2018.
Hall's teams have won 50 dual meets and sport a .526 winning percentage over the past four seasons. The first of his 65 career wins as head coach, a 29-16 triumph over Western New England at the 2011 NEWA duals, also served as the 500th for the storied program. On the regional level, Hall has coached 21 wrestlers who have reached the podium with a peak of five at the conclusion of the 2013-14 season.
Under the new regional format that began in 2012-13, 11 grapplers have totaled 13 top six performances, including national qualifiers Zach Hartzell at 174lbs in 2013 and Brian Amato at 125lbs in 2015. Amato became WPI’s 12th All-American, placing eighth at the NCAA Championships. WPI was selected as the initial Northeast regional host and has been chosen again as the 2018 host. As a team, WPI was as high as sixth in the Northeast in 2015-16 and fourth at the most recent NEWA duals.
Academically, Tyler Howe, Tyler Tilbe, and Nick Day have been repeat NWCA Scholar All-Americans as five others, headlined by Hartzell in the same year he qualified for the national meet, were also recognized. The three picks in 2016-17 tied a handful of other years for the most honorees.
Hall was standout wrestler in the mid-1980’s for Hall of Fame coach Phil Grebinar. He totaled a career record of 54-4-2 (.902 winning percentage) and is tied for fourth in dual-meet wins. The 296 team points he amassed places him second all-time while he is one of only two WPI Wrestlers to have two undefeated dual meet seasons in the history of the program. Hall also belongs to a rare group of WPI wrestlers who garnered four All-New England honors and he was a key part of WPI’s first two New England championship teams in 1985 and 1987. He was inducted into the WPI Athletics Hall of Fame in September of 2008.
After graduation, Hall served as an assistant coach under Grebinar for four years. During that time, he helped coach All-Americans Brian Glatz and John Roy, a total of five New England champions, and 33 New England place winners. He has been involved at some level with the sport of wrestling for over 45 years and arrived at WPI after an impressive career at Unatego High School in upstate New York. He was a Section Four champion and third at the all-divisions New York State Championships. He wrestled for National Wrestling Hall of Fame coach Dan Wickham and helped the Spartans win the Section Four title and earn a final ranking of seventh amongst all divisions within New York. Between his two stints on the hill at WPI, Hall continued coaching at the youth and high school level throughout Massachusetts.
While at WPI, Hall also enjoyed success out of the classroom as he was named an Academic All-American following the 1986-87 season. He graduated from WPI with a degree in mechanical engineering design and had a successful professional career focusing on electronics manufacturing automation. During his career he became known globally as an expert in surface mount technology process development and had numerous technical articles published around the world in multiple languages. He is also the owner of two US patents, was President of the Surface Mount Technology Association, and finished his technology career as the President of EKRA America, Inc.
Steve and his wife, Michelle (WPI '85), reside in Sudbury and have two sons, Connor and Matthew, who were both college All-American lacrosse players.