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February 22, 2013

Hale steps down at Bloom

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In his 20 seasons as head coach at Bloomsburg, Hale led the Huskies to 11 outright or shared Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division titles and eight NCAA post-season playoff berths. In the last 13 seasons (2000-2012) Bloomsburg was one of the most successful NCAA Division II programs with a combined record of 121-32 (.791). Hale was honored in April 2012 when the field at the school was named in his honor following a year-long fundraising effort.

Hale was named the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) District I Coach of the Year nine times, the third highest total in AFCA history. Twice he won the honor in consecutive seasons (2000-2001 and 2005-2006). He was also named the PSAC Eastern Division Coach of the Year 10 times, including four straight years from 1994 to 1997 and back-to-back in 2005 and 2006.

Among the great players Hale coached at Bloomsburg are Irv Sigler, the 1997 winner of the Harlon Hill Award as the nation's top D-II player; Jamar Brittingham, the all-time leading rusher in the history of the school and the PSAC, who finished third in the balloting for the Harlon Hill; and current standout Franklyn Quiteh (Tobyhanna/Pocono Mountain West), who finished third and sixth in the Harlon Hill balloting in his first three years. Quiteh is poised to break Brittingham's school and PSAC career rushing mark next year.

Hale also coached current NFL star Jahri Evans of the New Orleans Saints who is widely regarded as one of the league's top offensive linemen. A total of nine players under Hale were named Associated Press Little All-Americans earning a total of 13 honors.

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