Vancouver, BC (Wednesday, July 9, 2014) - The National Lacrosse League has announced that Chris Hall and Pat Coyle have been voted into the NLL Hall of Fame as inductees of the Class of 2014. Hall was elected in his first year of eligibility while Coyle becomes the first defenseman in league history to win induction. Hall and Coyle will become the 22nd and 23rd members of the Hall of Fame and mark the first multi-member class since 2010.
Hall served as a head coach in the league for 12 seasons, first with the Calgary Roughnecks from 2002-2007 before finishing his coaching career with the Vancouver Stealth franchise from 2009-2014. Hall’s 85 regular-season wins ranks third all-time behind Darris Kilgour (121) and Les Bartley (93). With an 11-6 career record in the postseaon, Hall's 11 playoff wins rank fourth all-time behind Bartley (22), Troy Cordingley (12) and Kilgour (12). In 2010, Hall became just the second coach in NLL history to win the Champion’s Cup with two different teams as he led the Stealth to its first-ever title after winning it all with Calgary in 2004. The Stealth reached the championship game in three of four seasons from 2010-2013 and Hall was a co-recipient of the 2010 NLL Head Coach of the Year award. Following his retirement from coaching at the end of the 2014 season, Hall enters his first year as Senior Advisor to the President with the Stealth.
The five finalists for the Class of 2014 were selected last month by the league’s Hall of Fame Committee. The other three finalists included Jake Bergey and two automatically returning from last year's ballot in Pat McCready and Kaleb Toth.
Hall received votes on over 77 percent of the overall ballots, followed by Coyle (58%), Bergey and McCready (45%), and Toth (39%). Coyle won induction by appearing on 77 percent of ballots cast by Hall of Fame members.
Hall of Fame ballots were cast by the teams, current members of the NLL Hall of Fame and senior members of the league’s covering media. Voters were able to select up to three of the five nominees on the ballot. To win induction into the Hall of Fame, nominees must be selected on a minimum of 75 percent of the overall ballots cast or 75 percent of ballots cast by Hall of Fame members.
Plans for the NLL Hall of Fame Class of 2014 induction ceremony will be announced at a later date.
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