By The Daily Item
BLOOMSBURG -- An emotional Danny Hale announced his retirement as the Bloomsburg University football coach on Friday afternoon, ending one of the most successful runs in Division II history.
Hale recently completed his 20th season at Bloomsburg and his 25th overall in coaching last fall. At Bloomsburg, Hale posted a record of 173-56-1 (.754) and holds the school record for most coaching victories. In 25 years as a head coach, he had a mark of 213-69-1 (.754) and ranked in the top five among active coaches in NCAA Division II in winning percentage and victories at the end of last season.
Hale will step aside at the end of June and assistant head coach Paul Darragh will assume the role of interim head coach for the 2013 season. A national search for a permanent successor will be conducted later this year.
For Hale the decision to step away was not an easy one.
"After spending the last few months thinking and praying about this decision, I decided it was time to step away from coaching. There is a time for everything in life and now is the time to pass the torch to someone else," said Hale. "It has been an incredible 20 years here at Bloomsburg, and I am extremely proud of the program that has been established here." Bloomsburg University President David Soltz had nothing but praise for Hale.
"On behalf of the entire Bloomsburg University community, I thank Danny for the many years of hard work he has put into making our football team one of the most respected programs in the country," said Soltz. "The positive impact Danny has had on the lives of his players cannot be measured. He will certainly be missed."
Director of athletics Michael McFarland had similar praise.
"Danny Hale is a consummate professional, who has achieved on and off the field," he said. "Danny placed Bloomsburg University football on the college map not only by winning some great football games, but by graduating his players and preparing them for the next chapter in their lives and careers."