Despite retiring this past summer, former East Surry baseball coach Barry Hall continues to receive recognition for his outstanding 41-year career in Pilot Mountain.
On Dec. 11, Hall was inducted into the North Carolina Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. The NCBCA hosted its annual clinic from Dec. 11-12, and Hall was one of seven new inductees.
Fred Lanford, Gary Smith, Henry Jones, Jack Sink, Kenny Meekins and Marty Curtis were the other honorees.
Hall coached the Cardinals from 1974-2015 and registered an overall record of 734-336. He had 16 seasons with at least 20 wins and made the state playoffs 32 times, to go along with three appearances in the state championship.
Hall’s best season at East Surry came in 2014, as he led the Cardinals to the state finals and a 31-2 record. East Surry fell to Whiteville 2-1 in the state championship series, but his success that year earned him the 2014 NFHS South Sectional Coach of the Year (NC, SC, VA, FL, GA).
He was also a part of the first class inducted into the Surry County Hall of Fame, and the baseball field at East Surry has been named “Barry Hall Field.”
Hall wasn’t the only local award winner at this years NCBCA Clinic. Surry Central took home some hardware as the “Region 7” Field of the Year.