Former Alexandria athlete and long-time college coach to sign new book in Henning

Merle "Skip" Hall, a 1962 graduate from Jefferson High School, was a three-sport standout and played quarterback when his team won the Resort Region Conference championship.

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Skip Hall (right) and co-author Heather Goetter show the new book, Coach 'Em Up,' which Hall will sign in Henning on Sunday, July 17.
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HENNING — Merle “Skip” Hall, a former Alexandria athlete and college football coach at Colorado, Washington, Boise State and Missouri, will be in Henning, signing his new book, “Coach ‘Em Up – the Skip Hall Story.”

The book signing is set for Sunday, July 17 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Trinity Center, 301 Douglas Avenue in Henning. His book is a guide and handbook to mentorship, coaching leadership and business leadership.

A retired coach of Henning High School football, Hall is a three-time Hall of Fame recipient and a seven-time college bowl champion.

Hall, a 1962 graduate from Jefferson High School, was a three-sport standout and played quarterback. In his senior year, the football team won the Resort Region Conference championship.

Hall said his high school coach, Charlie Basch, inspired him to become a coach when he was a junior. Hall went on to coach for high school teams in Minnesota, compiling a 23-1 record in three years.


From 1987 to 1992, Hall served as the head football coach at Boise State University for six seasons, compiling a record of 42-28. He was previously an assistant coach at Kent State and Washington under Don James, and later was the defensive coordinator at Missouri under Bob Stull.

Hall coached with Nick Saban and coached stars who played in the NFL, including Warren Moon, Jack Lambert and many others.

In the foreword, Saban wrote about Hall: “His leadership inspires and influences all who are lucky enough to know him. He always went above and beyond to encourage his players and fellow coaches. Take the lessons learned from this book and apply them to your own life; share them with your family and friends – and with your teams.”

His new book is also available on Amazon,

Al Edenloff is the editor of the twice-weekly Echo Press. He started his journalism career when he was in 10th grade, writing football and basketball stories for the Parkers Prairie Independent.
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