Highland will have a new basketball coach next season as the district confirmed that Marcus Hall’s contract will not be renewed.
Hall led Highland to a 109-72 record over eight seasons as coach and two conference titles. Hall is a former Highland basketball player himself, graduating in 2005 and taking over the team six years later before the 2011-2012 season at age 24.
Highland co-Activities Director Jody Fink confirmed that Hall would not be brought back, but declined to comment further on why.
Hall’s contract was similarly up for renewal in 2017, but it was renewed after an outpouring of support from players and parents at a school board meeting.
Hall is the branch director at the Kalona YMCA and runs the Hardwood Academy for youth basketball players there during the summer. Hall said now he’ll put his focus into that and coaching camps through Breakthrough Basketball.
“I love the summer hours in the gym where you’re working with a small group of players determined to get better,” Hall said.
He said his fondest memories of coaching include moments like Jake Wood’s conference title-clinching buzzer beater in 2017 and the first playoff win under his tenure in 2013.
Hall said he appreciated the hard work his players put in over the last eight years.
The Highland School Board's next meeting is on April 8 at 6 p.m. at Highland High School.