Dan Hale is leaving Marshall High School after nine seasons as the head boys basketball coach, but will continue that profession in Hawaii.
Hale has been hired as the head coach at Saint Louis High, a private school on Honolulu right next to Chaminade University. The Catholic school, known as a national football power, has built a new gymnasium and wants to improve its boys high school basketball program.
Hale has family and connections in Hawaii and was contacted by Saint Louis about the job.
“It will be a challenge, but it’s too good of an opportunity to pass up,” Hale said. “I didn’t go looking for this, but it’s one of those crazy things where everything lined up and worked out, and happened so fast.”
While at Marshall, Hale’s teams won 129 games over the nine seasons and three district-tournament championships, including the last two National District crowns. Marshall won a Liberty District tourney in 2013 under Hale. The Statesmen finished second in two other district tournaments, as they were perennial contenders.
His teams, known for a deliberate ball-control style of play on offense and being stingy on defense, regularly qualified for region-tournament play, finishing 2-1 in that competition the past two seasons.
This past winter, Marshall finished 21-7 and was led by 6D North Region Player of the Year Daniel Deaver. The senior will play in college at the Naval Academy. Marshall had a 23-3 record in 2017-18.
A number of Marshall players under Hale went on to play college basketball.
His replacement as head coach has not yet been named. Hale said assistant coaches on his staff will be interested in the job.