Hall named state assistant Basketball Coach of the Year

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Riverside Assistant Basketball Coach Kevin Hall smiles as he sits in his office after being named the Arkansas Basketball Assistant Coach of the Year.

Riverside Assistant Basketball Coach Kevin Hall follows the same routine every morning. He is a creature of habit, so to speak. The Lake City native arrives at school the same time each day strolling through the gym doors where he begins the morning, helping oversee the junior high boys basketball practice.

Riverside assistant coach Kevin Hall exhorts the Rebels during the 2015 game against Buffalo Island Central. Hall was recently named Arkansas Assistant Basketball Coach of the Year by the Arkansas Basketball Coaches Association.

But on this particular day, much to Hall's surprise, the bleachers were full! The entire student body along with the Rebel staff and administration were in attendance and they were there to honor Hall, who had just been chosen as the Arkansas Assistant Basketball Coach of the Year.

"When I walked in I thought I had somehow missed a memo on an assembly. I didn't realize until our principal, Mark Manchester, announced the award that I was the reason for the assembly!" laughed Hall. "I was surprised and very honored and humbled by the award.

"Coach Campbell (Riverside Head Basketball Coach Buster Campbell) was nice enough to nominate me and talked about our history together and what we had accomplished. It's always wonderful to be recognized for a job you put a lot of energy and effort into and I really enjoy my job. If you enjoy what you're doing for a living you never have to go to work and that certainly applies to me. All the messages, phone calls, and pats on the back I have gotten have really made me feel good. It's nice to be appreciated.

"Sometimes assistant coaches don't show up in the box score so to speak, even though our job is very demanding and time consuming. We kind of get lost in the shuffle except in the eyes of our head coach and the players," Hall said.

Hall, a 1983 graduate of Lake City High School, went to Arkansas State University where he lettered in baseball all four years of his college career. After graduating from ASU in 1988, Hall went into business prior to getting a call from Campbell about an opening for the head baseball coaching spot. Hall jumped at the chance and has never looked back.

"I arrived here in 1996 and coached baseball for 16 years before retiring four years ago. I have been the assistant basketball coach all 20 years and I love doing it. My decision to come to Riverside is one I'm extremely happy about. It's been a great privilege to work with Coach Campbell. I joke with him that I'm his 24/7 public relations man," laughed Hall.

Hall, 51, has no plans to retire anytime soon. "I plan on coaching for many years to come. I love coaching and I also love teaching health and science in the classroom. I love working with my co-workers here at Riverside. It's a great situation. I am so happy here. I have had other opportunities to go elsewhere but I just love being a Rebel!" Hall concluded.

It's quite apparent Riverside loves Coach Hall just as much.

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