After eight years as head coach, Steve Hall announced his retirement as a full-time member of the WPI athletic department but returns as an assistant coach for the 2017-18 season. He will also assist the department with special projects on a part-time basis throughout the acadmic year.
Hall, a Hall of Fame wrestler for the Engineers, returned to the program for the 2010-2011 season. He amassed 83 victories in his eight years as head coach, including double digit win totals in each of his last five season at the helm.
The 2017-2018 campaign was his most successful one as was named the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) and the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Northeast Region Coach of the Year. The Crimson and Gray posted an 18-4 dual meet record, the third most wins in a season in program history, and the most since the 1993-94 season. Bolstered by seven regional place winners, Hall's wrestlers collected a second place finish at the 17-team NCAA regional tournament in March and a program-best third place showing in the NEWA Dual Meet Championships in January.
Sophomore Tyler Marsh represented the team this year at the 2018 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships in Cleveland, Ohio, joining Zach Hartzell (2013) and Brian Amato (2015 All-American) as national tournament participants during the Hall era. During his eight seasons as head coach, WPI boasted 30 regional tournament place-winners at the national qualifying tournament. Hall's wrestlers also enjoyed success in the classroom during his tenure as his squads were consistently in the top three in NEWA and top 20 nationally in team GPA. In all, the WPI Wrestling program earned 60 All-NEWA Academic honors and boasted 14 Scholar All-Americans by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.
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.