Steve Hall is making his return to Detroit Cass Tech, this time as the head basketball coach.
Hall, 44, also will be the school’s athletic coordinator. He averaged 30.7 points for Cass Tech in 1988 and was eighth in voting for Mr. Basketball. He went on to start for two years at Washington before transferring to Virginia Tech where he led the Hokies in 3-pointers made for a season and a game his junior year. He was a co-captain his senior year in 1993.
Hall returns to the PSL where he last coached before moving on to the college ranks where he was an assistant coach at Duquesne (2009-11) and then at Youngstown State (2012-15).
He proved to be a good teacher when Youngstown State — which made the move to Division 1 in 1981 — made its first postseason appearance during the 2012-13 season, playing in the CollegeInsider.com tournament and making 18 3-pointers in 99-87 tournament win over Oakland University.
Hall was head coach at Detroit Rogers, guiding Rogers to three consecutive Class D state titles in 2003-05. He moved on to Detroit Northwestern where he guided the program to its first PSL championship since 1978 in 2008 to earn Coach of the Year honors by The News.
“It feels really good to be back, even better with how I’ve been received,” Hall said Wednesday. “It’s my school so I have an attachment. I want greatness for these kids here so their potential can be realized. Expectations are high from me and the alumni. We want to take the program to the next level.”
While at Youngstown State, he helped the Penguins to 15 or more wins in three consecutive seasons (2012-14) for the first time since the mid-1980s. He also helped Duquesne reach postseason bids in three straight seasons, including the NIT (2009), CBI (2010) and the quarterfinals of the CBI in 2011.
So, why make the move?
“I have young children and there may be some things I’ll miss about college, but coaching is coaching and it’s something I love,” Hall said. “I can do more things with my family now and also with my school so it’s a good move for me.”
Cass Tech finished 4-5 in the East Division for third place last year after finishing in a first-place tie in the West with Renaissance at 6-3 during the 2013-14 season. Hall replaces David Dixon.
Cass Tech also has a new head girls basketball coach with LaTonya Tate replacing Marissa Thrower-Fisher.
Tate was a standout player in the late 1980s for Cass Tech, then played on three Big Ten championship teams at Iowa under C. Vivian Stringer, including team captain during the 1992. She was recently an assistant coach at Eastern Michigan (2007-12) and Detroit (2004-07).