Blazer coach leaving program after four years in Birmingham
Krissy Hall recently completed her fourth year at the helm of the UAB women's tennis program in 2011-12. She was named the Blazers' head coach on Aug. 22, 2008.
Hall's teams -- in addition to their play on the court -- have attained a high level of success academically, highlighted by the 2011 season in which her squad earned the Conference USA Sport Academic Award as the women's tennis program with the highest GPA in the league. It was the first time any team other than Rice won the award since its inception with the 2006 season.
She also coached 2011 graduate Jenny Cape, who became the first Academic All-American in UAB women's tennis history when she earned second-team honors in 2011. Cape was also a two-time Academic All-District performer and a three-time selection to the C-USA All-Academic Team.
Hall's teams received the NCAA Public Recognition Award in both 2010 and 2011 for being among the top 10 percent of women's tennis programs in the country in terms of multi-year APR scores. The Blazers were named an ITA All-Academic Team in each of her first three seasons and have had a total of 13 ITA Scholar-Athlete selections in that time.
Hall has also coached 33 C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll selections and eight C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medal recipients at UAB.
On the court, Hall has coached the Blazers to a record of 29-45 in her four years with the program. After a 6-9 mark in her first season in 2009, Hall guided the team to 10 wins in her second season as the Blazers finished 10-11 in 2010. UAB posted a 7-13 record in 2011 and a 6-12 mark in 2012.
Hall has coached four players who finished their careers among the top 20 on UAB's all-time dual-match singles wins list. Cape (39 wins) is 11th on the list, followed by Evelien Strijker (37) in 12th, Paula Alvarez (32) in 17th and Giorgia Romeo (27) in 20th.
Strijker finished her career as a two-time All-Conference USA selection, including the 2009 season when she was a third-team honoree in Hall's first season.
Under Hall's direction, UAB has moved a portion of its matches each year back to campus. The Blazers, which for years played all of their home contests at other locations in the city, have played 15 matches at the UAB Tennis Courts in her four seasons. UAB is 10-5 in those contests.
Hall came to UAB in the fall of 2008 from the University of Wyoming, where she led the women's tennis program for the previous three seasons.
"We are excited about adding Krissy to our staff at UAB," said Director of Athletics Brian Mackin upon Hall's hiring. "She has a lot of energy and passion.
"She comes from a tennis family that is well known in the Southeast region. We believe this will help recruiting and will continue to build on the success of our women's tennis program."
In her final season at Wyoming, Hall guided her team to 11 wins and a first-round victory in the 2008 Mountain West Conference Tournament. The 11 wins matched the most in school history.
The 2008 tournament win was also just the second for the Cowgirl program. Hall guided Wyoming to its first MWC Tournament victory just two seasons earlier in her first year with the team. She followed that up in 2007 by coaching Sarah Summerfield to All-MWC First Team honors. Summerfield was just the second Cowgirl ever to earn that distinction.
"I'm glad to have the opportunity to be the head women's tennis coach at UAB," Hall said upon her hiring. "I look forward to building the program toward regional and national prominence.
"The athletic department at UAB is a great organization, and I'm grateful to be a part of the Blazer family."
Prior to her appointment at Wyoming, Hall served as an assistant coach both at Virginia Tech, her alma mater, and at Washington State.
She was at Virginia Tech for the 2003-04 season, including a short stint as the program's interim head coach. Her responsibilities with the Hokies included coordinating recruiting efforts, organizing practices and assisting with the day-to-day activities of the program.
Hall then went to Washington State as an assistant for the 2004-05 campaign. In addition to the responsibilities she held at Virginia Tech, she also handled scheduling and budgeting for the Cougars.
Before beginning her coaching career, Hall was a standout as a four-year letterwinner on the women's tennis team at Virginia Tech from 1999-2003. She was a three-year captain and a nationally ranked singles player during her senior campaign. For her career, she posted a school-record 81 doubles victories while posting 160 total wins to rank second all-time in school history.
During her senior season in 2003, Hall was honored with the National Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award. As a player, she was also named Atlantic 10 Co-Rookie of the Year (2000), Atlantic 10 All-Conference (2000) and Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar-Athlete (2003).
Hall, a native of Hilton Head, S.C., earned a bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech in 2003 and completed her master's degree at the school in 2004.
Formerly Kristen Stubbs, she married Matt Hall in July of 2005. The couple's son Caleb was born Sept. 11, 2011.