ORLANDO, Fla. (August 8, 2000) -- Galen Hall, who led the Rhein Fire to a pair of NFL-Europe League championships in the past three years, has been named Head Coach and Director of Football Operations for the new XFL franchise in Orlando, team Vice President and General Manager Tom Veit announced today.
"We could not have been more fortunate in hiring a coach of Galen's Hall stature," Veit said in making the announcement. "Galen has coached many championship teams at both the college and professional levels and is widely respected throughout the coaching ranks for his ability to identify and develop young talent and then produce winning football teams with those players. That experience, combined with the fact that he is a long-time Central Florida resident and well known in the community, made Galen the ideal candidate for this position."
"Orlando XFL presents a unique and exciting opportunity for me," Hall added. "The chance to come back home to coach professional football was an important factor in my decision, but it was not the over-riding factor. From the beginning, I was extremely impressed with the XFL's commitment to the sport. We're going to put a product on the field that's going to be fast-paced, exciting and fun and I am looking forward to the challenge of helping to build Orlando XFL into one of the league's best franchises."
Hall led the Fire to a 7-3 regular season record in 2000. He capped off the season with a 13-10 win over Scotland in the World Bowl. In seven seasons (1995-2000) with Rhein, Hall recorded an overall record of 36-27 (.571) and took the team to three championship games, winning titles in both 1998 and 2000. Hall also served as Head Coach of the Orlando Thunder in 1992. He paced Orlando to a 9-1 regular season record and another World Bowl appearance against Sacramento. He served as offensive coordinator for the Thunder in 1991. Overall, his 44 wins is the second most in NFL Europe/World League of American Football history. He also claimed three "Coach of the Year" titles.
In 1994, Hall was Head Coach and Director of Football Operations for the Charlotte Rage of the Arena Football League, where he led that team to a playoff berth. He was Head Coach of the University of Florida from1984-89, where he led the Gators to a 41-18-1 record and a pair of Southeast Conference titles. Hall was named Associated Press "Coach of the Year" in 1984 when his team was named National Champions by the computer rankings of both the New York Times and Sporting News. He was the first coach in SEC history to win 16 consecutive games and the first Florida coach to win back-to-back conference championships.
Hall began his coaching career at West Virginia, where he tutored running backs and receivers in 1964-65. He joined the coaching staff at Oklahoma as offensive coordinator in 1966. He spent 18 seasons at Oklahoma, where he coached Heisman Trophy winners Steve Owens and Billy Sims. During his tenure at OU, the Sooners captured two national championships and 10 Big Eight titles.
An outstanding quarterback at Penn State (1959-61), Hall played two seasons in the NFL for the Washington Redskins (1962) and New York Jets (1963), before turning his attention to coaching. His first year with Orlando XFL will mark Galen's 30th season as a football coach. Born in Altoona, Pa., Hall resides in Oviedo, FL with his wife Elaine.