Ben Hall was named the interim head coach at North Carolina A&T on Oct. 23, 2014. After a full season in that role, N.C. A&T Athletics Director Earl M. Hilton III named Hall the permanent coach on July 21, 2015, making Hall the ninth Aggies baseball coach since the Aggies became an NCAA program in 1982.
In his first season as the Aggies headman, the experienced hitting instructor, helped catcher Adan Ordonez earn MEAC Rookie of the Year and first-team All-MEAC honors. His move to make Brandon Wilkerson the Aggies leadoff hitter helped Wilkerson, a senior, earn his first all-conference accolade. Timothy Ravare also earned All-MEAC honors as a utility player. In Hall’s second year, shortstop Milton Rivera had a career year by hitting .349 with seven home runs to earn first-team all-conference honors.
The previous year before Hall arrived the Aggies were hitting .245 as a team. They hit .264 as a team in his first year in 2015 and during the 2016 season the team hit .274. Among the hitters who have improved under Hall from 2015 to 2016 are Kyle Clary (.221-.300), Timothy Ravare (.286-.306) and Rivera (.299-.349). Rivera earned his first-ever first-team All-MEAC selection thanks to his offensive improvement.
Hall came to N.C. A&T after spending three seasons with the Winthrop Eagles baseball program. During his time with the Eagles he assisted with infielders, hitters and all aspects of recruiting, which included 2014 first-team All-Big South outfielder TJ Olesczuk who was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles and 2013 all-conference third baseman Chad Smith.
Before accepting the post at Winthrop, Hall worked at Division II Wingate for four seasons. He started there as a graduate assistant before being promoted to an assistant coach in 2010, where he worked with hitters and infielders. In 2011, the Bulldogs finished in the top-10 in hits, doubles, home runs and slugging percentage nationally.
The Bulldogs finished 34-22, won the South Atlantic Conference Tournament and earned a bid to the Southeast Regional in 2011. Slugger Dodson McPherson was one of the best offensive players in the country, earning SAC Player of the Year. He was also named first-team All-SAC, first-team All-Southeast Region, Southeast Region Player of the Year, first-team All-American (by two different publications) and was a finalist for the Tino Martinez Award which goes to the Division II player of the year.
Hall’s other slugger at Wingate, Brian Yeung, led the nation in doubles and was among the nation’s leaders in home runs, total bases and hits. Yeung scored second-and-third-team All-American accolades and was first-team All-Southeast Region.
Wingate won the SAC regular-season title in 2010 behind the bats of All-SAC performers Logan Issacs (second baseman) and Chris Vasquez (shortstop). After lettering twice at Clemson University in baseball, Hall began his coaching career as a student assistant coach at Clemson. As a player, he became familiar with A&T when the two schools faced each other in the 2005 NCAA regional in Clemson.
Hall played one season each at Stetson and Daytona Beach Community College before transferring to the Tigers. With Stetson he hit .321 and was named to the Atlantic Sun Conference All-Freshman team.
He received his undergraduate degree in sports management from Clemson in 2007 and his master of business administration degree from Wingate in 2009.