Dave Hall, 2006
Dave Hall played both football and basketball at GHS and was captain in both sports his senior year (1958).
The 1957 football team was undefeated and the Lower Cumberland Valley Conference Champion. Playing right end, he was the leading scorer both his junior and senior seasons.
Dave was also an outstanding basketball player. In a game against Ashland City, he scored nine straight field goals and 21 points in the first quarter.
Dave continued his athletic career by attending MTSU and playing baseball as a freshman in 1958. He was named to the All Ohio Valley Conference Team and MTSU Most Valuable Player after leading the team in home runs, RBI's, and slugging percentage.
At the end of his first year, he signed a contract with the Boston Red Sox. He played minor league ball for five years, including three years in AAA minor leagues, while attending MTSU in the off season.
In 1964, Hall gave up playing baseball and coached in the Tullahoma City School System. In the fall of 1967, he joined Columbia State Community College as baseball coach. Two years later, Hall added athletic director to his job title and, through subsequent years, successfully upgraded CSCC programs and facilities. In eighteen years, the baseball teams coached by Dave Hall and Jim Palmer compiled an awesome record of 570-142. No wonder the director of the National Junior College Region VII said of Hall, “He made the program in our state go. Either you made yourself competitive or you would wind up getting beat bad because his teams were so good!” Three times named District VII JUCO Coach of the Year, Hall also coached the 1983 women’s tennis team that won the Region VII tournament and participated in the nationals. His accomplishments in all facets of the athletic arena all point toward one result: success. This will be Dave Hall’s lasting legacy.
In 1987, Dave was inducted into the Tennessee Junior and Community College Hall of Fame. In 1996 Columbia State Community College named its baseball field Dave Hall Field.