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  Anthony Hall named Avila University athletic director  
  Kansas City, MO    
July 16, 2009

Coach HallAfter an extensive search, Avila University recently named Anthony Hall, Sr., the new Director of Athletics and Recreation.

Hall, men’s basketball coach, was named athletic director after serving as the interim athletic director for eight months. Hall has been a member of the Avila family since 1999, initially as a residence hall advisor and assistant basketball coach.

Avila University President Ron Slepitza, Ph.D., said that Hall demonstrates a passion and ability to effectively manage the athletic director role and to do so with a primary concern for the well-being of the student athletes and their full development.

“Anthony Hall has excelled as a coach and as an interim athletic director,” Slepitza said. “Anthony is deeply committed to our mission as a Catholic university sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, and through that develops individuals whose character, competence and compassion distinguish them as leaders in the community.”

“I’m excited about the opportunity to lead Avila’s athletic department,” said Hall. “Having been a part of the Avila community for the past ten years, I have seen many students achieve great things both on and off the court. As I grow Avila’s athletic department, I am committed to providing personalized attention to our athletes to help them grow both personally and professionally.”

With more than 16 years of combined coaching experience, Hall came to Avila after spending two seasons at The State University of West Georgia. While Hall was an assistant at West Georgia, the team won the east division of the conference and competed in the NCAA Division II national tournament both seasons. Before coaching, Hall played college basketball at Southeast Missouri State University with his team being inducted in the Southeast Missouri State University Sports Hall of Fame.

As the athletic director for Avila University, Hall will be responsible for ensuring competitive success, rule compliance, fiscal accountability and student athlete academic success. Hall will lead the athletics and recreation department, including baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, cheerleading, dance, football, golf, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, volleyball and student intramural programs. Hall also will continue as the men’s basketball coach for a period of time to ensure that Avila makes a smooth transition for the team.

“Anthony’s integrity and dedication to Avila and its students are unquestioned, and he brings a strong vision and a real energy and desire to move our programs to a higher level,” said Vice President for Enrollment and Student Development Ned Harris, Ph.D. “I have enjoyed working with Anthony in his role as interim athletic director and men’s basketball coach and look forward to further developing our relationship on behalf of Avila and our students.”  

Hall currently resides in Grandview, Mo., with wife, Tracy, and children, Taylor, T.J. and Trevor.


Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.