Chris Hall is in his 11th season as a head coach in the National Lacrosse League, and his fifth season with the Stealth. A co-recipient of the 2010 NLL Coach of the Year Award and five-time All-Star Game coach, Hall continues to add to a resume that boasts 40 years of lacrosse honors as both a coach and a player.
Hall is fourth on the NLL’s all-time regular season coaching wins list with 73 victories and in 2011, led the Stealth to its second straight Western Division title. In 2010, Hall became just the second coach in NLL history to hoist the Champion’s Cup with two different teams as he led the Stealth to its first ever NLL Championship. He won his first NLL Championship as the bench boss of the Calgary Roughnecks in 2004. Hall took over the Stealth’s head coaching duties during the 2009 season, when the team was struggling at 3-7.
Hall began his NLL coaching career in 2002, when he was named the head coach of the expansion Calgary Roughnecks. Along with winning his first title there, Hall also coached three All-Star games.
Hall first delved into coaching as the Co-Founder and Head Coach of the Victoria Seasprays field lacrosse club. Under Hall’s leadership, the club went on to create Canadian lacrosse history opening with a four-year, 76-game winning streak and capturing 12 Ross Cup Senior A mens’ National Championships over the next 16 years before being declared perennial national champs in 2000 until challenged.
Back in the box, Hall took over the head coaching duties for the Victoria Shamrocks in 1983 after an outstanding nine-year playing career with the Western Lacrosse Association club. He led the team to a Mann Cup victory in his rookie year as Head Coach. Hall again led the Shamrocks to a Mann Cup championship in 1999 and was a two-time winner of the WLA Coach of the Year award.
At the world level, Hall served as Head Coach and Assistant General Manager of the Canadian National Team from 1988 to 1994, leading the squad to a silver medal in Australia in 1990 and followed that performance with a bronze medal in England in 1994.
In 2006, Hall was named Head Coach of England's mens national indoor team, where he has since guided the squad to two top-five World Championships finishes including a 2007 fourth-place finish in Halifax, Canada and a 2011 fifth-place finish in Prague, Czech Republic.
As a player, Hall reached the pinnacle of box lacrosse in Canada with the Victoria Shamrocks, winning the prestigious Mann Cup in 1979. In 2008. Hall was inducted as a member of the Victoria Shamrocks Hall of Fame. He also spent a year (1975) playing for the Boston Bolts of the original National Lacrosse League.
In the field game, the tough-minded defenseman helped the Canadian team to a bronze medal in the 1982 World Games in Baltimore. At the Jim Thorpe World Games in Los Angeles in 1984, Hall helped lead Canada to a silver medal and was named to the All-World team as a defenseman. Two years later, Hall played on the 1986 silver medal-winning Canadian Team at the World Championships in Toronto.