The 2019-20 academic year marks the 16th year of Austin Hall’s tenure as head coach of the Norwich University women’s rugby team. Coach Hall has led the Cadets to four USA Rugby Championship victories and two American Collegiate Rugby Association (ACRA) Championship victories. In 2013-14, Hall led the Cadets to a perfect 40-0 record, winning 13 15s matches and 27 7s matches. Coach Hall’s career records of 182-62-4 (74%) overall and 124-32-1 (79%) in 15s league and playoff play are amongst the best in the nation. With the launch of Norwich 7s in 2011, Coach Hall and the Cadets won four national titles and won their first 63 matches before finally falling for the first time to Army West Point on May 2, 2015.
The 2013-14 year saw Coach Hall named as Collegiate Coach of the Year by “This is American Rugby.” Star fullback, Rose Bernheim, was named Collegiate 7s player of the year by RugbyMag.com and four Norwich players joined an illustrious list of College All-Americans.
In addition to his work at Norwich, Hall is the summer season head coach for the Mad River Men’s Rugby Club in Stowe, Vermont. He has previously coached the United States Combined Services Team, competing in International 7s contests against Japan and Argentina, and playing many of the top club 7s teams in the country.
Prior to taking the position with USCS, Hall served on the Under-20 Women’s National Team as backfield coach. Working under the genius and artistry of legendary coach Bryn Chivers, Hall helped the USA U-20s in four international matches, claiming victories over South Africa and Canada. In summer of 2011, Hall was a member of the National Team coaching staff that finished second at the U20’s Nation’s Cup. He has also coached various regional and local All-Star teams, including the Northeast U-20 side, the NERFU Selects and the Vermont All-Stars.
Hall was a founding member and served on the Executive Committee of the American College Rugby Association. He has played an integral role in the promotion and development of varsity women’s rugby.
A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in Anthropology, Hall happily admits he is most drawn to the artistry and beauty of the game of rugby. He considers his coaching position to be part teacher and part artist. He believes creativity, hard work, and fun, by coaches and players alike, are paramount to a team’s success. His coaching style is organic, growing in new directions every practice and allowing for individual player strengths to flourish in a team centered environment. His favorite part of coaching is watching players develop and reach their potential both on and off the field.
Hall grew up in a rugby family and attributes his love for the game to the many great coaches and mentors he has had along the way. He keeps his rugby boots and his mouth guard in his car at all times, always on the lookout for a pick-up rugby match. He is a member of the New England Rugby Referees Society and referees a handful of matches each year.
Most important to Hall are his twin sons Tucker and Simon. They reside in Northfield with their wild and crazy dog Winslow, and their three chill cats: McCaw, Nonu, and Kieran. The Hall family enjoys playing all sorts of games and sports, including skiing, Dungeons & Dragons, baseball, and wrestling. For calmer moments, the Hall’s like to read, solve puzzles and jam out to a wide variety of music.