Ryan Hall new head baseball coach at Cordova
by Johnathan Bentley
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New Cordova baseball coach Ryan Hall, right, talks with Chase Trotter during a practice at the school earlier this week. Hall is the Blue Devils’ new baseball coach. Hall has previously served as the head baseball coach at Bob Jones and Carbon Hill. He spent last season as the head coach at Maddox Middle School. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
New Cordova baseball coach Ryan Hall, right, talks with Chase Trotter during a practice at the school earlier this week. Hall is the Blue Devils’ new baseball coach. Hall has previously served as the head baseball coach at Bob Jones and Carbon Hill. He spent last season as the head coach at Maddox Middle School. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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CORDOVA — Ryan Hall was ready to be a head coach at the high school level again.

He will get that chance at Cordova High School.

Hall, who has previously served as the head coach at Bob Jones High School in Madison County as well as Carbon Hill High School, spent last year as the Maddox Middle School head coach.

“(I) wanted to be a head coach again. I feel I have a greater influence in that role,” said Hall, 37. “I’m excited to be here.”

Hall took the position after meeting with Walker County Board of Education Superintendent Jason Adkins, as well as Cordova Principal Kathy Vintson and assistant principal Ronnie Boggs.

“The vision they laid out was attractive to me. I had a lot of confidence and trust in what they see happening here,” Hall added.

He takes over for Mark Ragsdale, who led the Blue Devils to the second round of the state playoffs and took Winfield to the limit before being eliminated during his one year at the helm.

Under Ragsdale and the previous regime with Boggs and assistant coach Buster Howell, the Blue Devils have become a regular participant in the state playoffs.

“I have a tremendous amount of respect for coach Boggs and coach Howell. When I was at Carbon Hill, we were in the area with them. I know they set a good foundation here,” Hall said. “Looking at it from afar, (Cordova) has good athletes with good work ethic. It’s a good situation to come into in regard of that.”

Hall is entering his 15th year of coaching.

A 1994 graduate of Bob Jones High School, Hall has served as an assistant coach at Sparkman and Walker and also had stints at both NW Shoals Community College and UAH.

He took the head coaching position at Bob Jones from 2007-09 and joined the Walker staff in 2010. He was the head coach at Carbon Hill in 2011 and returned as a Walker assistant in 2012 before coaching Maddox last year.

Hall’s coaching philosophy revolves around teaching baseball, as well as life lessons. He met with his new team for the first time Monday.

“I have my own philosophy and culture. I hope all of them play college and pro baseball. In reality, that probably won’t happen, but all of them will be husbands, fathers and employees. They are all going to be adults. Our focus will be on trying to equip them with tools to be successful in life,” he said.

Hall had 29 players (grades 9-12) at his first team meeting earlier this week.

“It’s going to be awesome to fill full JV and varsity teams. I hope our numbers keep going up, and we make it something kids want to gravitate to and be a part of,” he added.

Hall will be joined on staff with assistant coach Bart Lockhart, who is returning to his alma mater.

“Coach Lockhart and I are one in the same,” Hall said. “We share similar values and philosophy. That was one of the deciding factors about coming here.”

Cordova, which is moving up to Class 4A for the 2014 season, will be joined in area play by Carbon Hill, Curry and Fayette County.

“It should be a competitive area. It will be good for the county to play each other locally in games that are important,” Hall said.