Former NCAA All-American and Pac-10 champion Adam Hall joined the Columbia wrestling staff as an assistant coach in September of 2011.
In 2011-12, his first season on the Columbia wrestling staff, Hall helped coach two middleweights, juniors Jake O'Hara (157) and Steve Santos (149) to the NCAA Championships. Both qualified for the second day of NCAA competition and Santos was one win away from earning All-America status.
Hall had an outstanding athletic career at Boise State from
2006-07 to 2010-11, posting a 122-18 career record (87.1 win percentage) and
wrestling in some of the biggest bouts in Broncos history. His 122 career victories rank second in Boise
State wrestling history. He won two Pac-10 titles in the 157-pound class and qualified
for the NCAA National Championships all four years he competed. Hall also
earned All-America honors as a redshirt junior in 2009-10.
Hall's success in the classroom was just as impressive as
his success on the mat. He was
named the 2010-11 Pac-10 Wrestling Scholar-Athlete of the Year after maintaining
a 3.50 GPA during his five years at Boise State. In May, Hall graduated with a
bachelor's degree in health science and was selected as one of 29 NCAA male
student-athletes to receive a 2010-11 winter sports postgraduate scholarship. Hall
was also named to the 2010-11 Capital One Academic All-District At-Large Team,
selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. He earned NWCA
Division I All-Academic and Pac-10 All-Academic honors for three straight years
(2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11).
Competing at 157 pounds as a redshirt senior in 2010-11,
Hall went 30-2 (93.8%), capturing his second Pac-10 Championship and finishing
fifth at the NCAA National Championships. He defeated Arizona State's Bubba
Jenkins in a triple-overtime slugfest to defend his Pac-10 title. Hall entered
the NCAA National Championships at a perfect 25-0 and earned the top overall
seed. He led the Broncos in overall wins (30), dual wins (12) and dual win
percentage (12-0, 1.000). InterMat ranked Hall as the No. 5 wrestler in the
nation in the 157-pound class.
As redshirt junior in 2009-10, Hall posted a stellar 32-3
record (91.4%) while competing in the 157-pound class. He took third at the
2010 NCAA Championships and earned All-America status after going 5-1 in six
bouts as the no. 2 overall seed. Hall also won his first Pac-10 Conference
title in 2010, avenging a 2009 title match loss to Cal Poly's Chase Pami with a
5-1 decision. He ended the 2009-10 regular season ranked No. 3 in the nation by
InterMat. Hall finished the year with a team-high 32 overall wins and 16 major
decisions and tied for the lead in dual wins (16) and dual win percentage (16-0,
As a redshirt sophomore in 2008-09, Hall posted a dominant
35-6 record (85.4%). Hall compiled a 25-7 record during his 2007-08 redshirt freshman
campaign when he competed in the 149-pound class. He redshirted during the
Hall will also train full-time as he works toward earning a
spot on the U.S. Olympic team for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.