Bill Hall, the football coach at Pittsboro Northwood for the past 15 seasons, told players last week that the 2014 season will be his last as the Chargers’ coach.
“I had made the decision and thought I had an obligation to share it with my players,” he said. “It doesn’t mean I’m going to slack off or lower my expectations, but I thought they should know.”
Hall has been at the school 27 years.
“He has run a first-class program for years,” said Bill Renner, Northwood’s offensive coordinator. “He really cares about the kids. He’ll do whatever he needs to do, stay as late at work each day as he has to, to make sure they are successful, on and off the field.”
Renner, a head coach for 29 years in Virginia and then North Carolina before volunteering to help at Northwood, said he understood Hall’s desire to let go of the reins.
Hall said there “were a lot of factors” is his decision.
“I’m tired of being tired. And it has reached the point that I can no longer justify the time demands for the amount of money in the paycheck,” Hall said. “Coaching high school football has become a 12-month-a-year job.
“There are some other reasons, of course, but this has been a family decision,” Hall said.
Northwood has a 79-39 record over the past nine years and has had only one losing record during the span.
Hall’s teams enjoyed a superlative run over the past decade. From 2005 through 2010, Northwood won 62 and lost 21 games.
In one five-year stretch, 2006-10, they made it to the NCHSAA third round each year.
The Chargers finished 8-4 last year -- each of the losses coming against a team that won at least one playoff game in 2013. Two of Northwood’s losses were in conference games against Orange and eventual state champion Southern Durham, both of which were ranked among the state’s top 10 3A teams.