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.
Hall has taken the N.C. A&T baseball program from 10 wins in 2014 to the top of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in 2018 after the Aggies won all three games they played in the MEAC tournament to claim the school’s first conference baseball title in 13 years.
Hall, one of the youngest Division I coaches in the nation, ended two other 13-year droughts for the Aggies baseball program in 2018 by winning a MEAC regular-season title and leading N.C. A&T to the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional.
The Aggies finished with winning seasons in 2017 and 2018 under Hall, marking the first time the program has had back-to-back winning seasons since putting together five straight winning seasons from 1972-76. Hall led the Aggies to a school-record 32 overall wins and 16 MEAC wins in 2018. Hall went a combined 60-50 (.545) over the 2017 and ‘18 seasons for the best win total and winning percentage over a two-year period in school history.
After orchestrating one of the best Division I improvements in the nation in 2017, going from 13 wins to a 28-25 mark overall and a 15-9 record in the MEAC, Hall was named MEAC Coach of the Year. He is just the second coach in school history to win the honor after Keith Shumate won it 2002.
In 2017, the Aggies had three first-team and two second-team All-MEAC performers. The following season, the Aggies placed three on the first team and two on the second team. Under Hall over the past four seasons, the Aggies have had 10 first-team All-MEAC recognitions. In addition, relief pitcher Cutter Dyals was drafted by the Atlanta Braves organization as the 500th overall pick in the 17th round of the 2017 MLB Draft.
Catcher Adan Ordonez was named MEAC Rookie of the Year and a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American in 2015. Under Hall in 2018, Michael Johnson became the first Aggie starting pitcher to earn first-team honors since Esterlin Paulino did it in 2010.
Hall came to N.C. A&T with the reputation of being an outstanding hitting instructor. He has not disappointed. The Aggies went from batting .245 his first season to .264 his second season before hitting .274 as a team in each of the next two seasons. Brandon Wilkerson went from a .257 hitter in 2014 to a .355 hitter in 2015. Three players had significant improvements from 2015 to ‘16. Kyle Clary improved 79 points to a .300 hitter, Milton Rivera improved 50 points to .349 and Timothy Ravare saw his batting averaged improved 20 points to .306.
Myles Sowell went from a .242 hitter in 2016 to hitting .345 in 2017. Dawnoven Smith had a career year in 2018 after seeing his batting average improved 71 points from the previous season.
The Aggies have also been strong academically under Hall. Pitcher Jonah Owenby (economics) and outfielder Jason King (accounting) were named N.C. A&T’s Academic Athlete of the Year after posting a 4.0 for the 2017-18 school year.
Hall came to N.C. A&T after spending three seasons with the Winthrop Eagles baseball program. Before accepting the post at Winthrop, Hall worked at Division II Wingate for four seasons. He started as a graduate assistant before being promoted to an assistant coach in 2010, where he worked with hitters and infielders.
Wingate 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.
After lettering twice at Clemson University in baseball, Hall began his coaching career as a student assistant coach at Clemson. Hall played one season apiece at Stetson and Daytona Beach Community College before transferring to Clemson. At 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.