2/22- Bloomsburg University Football Coach Danny Hale Is Retiring

Published 02/22 2013 03:51PM

Updated 02/23 2013 12:02AM

At Bloomsburg, Hale has posted a record of 173-56-1 (.754) and holds the school-record for most coaching victories. Overall in 25 years as a head coach, he has a mark of 213-69-1 (.754) and is ranked in the top five among active coaches in NCAA Division II in winning percentage and victories. He is one of just four active Division II coaches with at least 200 career wins going into the 2013 season.

In his 20 seasons as head coach at Bloomsburg, Hale has led the Huskies to 11 outright or shared Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division titles and eight NCAA post-season playoff berths. In the last 13 seasons (2000-2012) Bloomsburg is one of the most successful NCAA Division II programs with a combined record of 121-32 (.791).

In 2012, Bloomsburg won 10 games for the seventh time under Hale and the eighth time in school history. The Huskies advanced to the NCAA playoffs for the eighth time under Hale, but dropped a first round game to Shippensburg. Hale guided a PSAC East-best 15 players to be named to the All-PSAC team. He also featured a pair of national finalists. Franklyn Quiteh was a national finalist for the Harlon Hill award for the top Division II player, and Brian Clarke was a national finalist for the Gene Upshaw Award for the Division II Lineman of the Year.

In 2010, the Huskies won 10 games for the sixth under Hale and the seventh time in school history. The Huskies also captured the PSAC East title for the first time since 2006 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA playoffs after going on the road to knock off California (PA) in the opening round.

In 2008, the Huskies started the season winning the first nine games of the year, including wins over nationally-ranked Ashland and California (Pa). Bloomsburg earned a bid to the NCAA Division II playoffs for the sixth time overall, and fifth time this decade, reaching the NCAA Region One finals.

In 2006, the Huskies posted a mark of 12-2 and won the PSAC Eastern Division title, while also capturing the NCAA Northeast Regional title and advancing to the NCAA Division II national semi-finals. Hale was named the PSAC East Coach of the Year, the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II District I Coach of the Year and was a finalist for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year award. By virtue of being a finalist for the award he was featured on an ABC-TV special hosted by Keith Jackson.

In 2005, Hale led the Huskies to a record of 11-1, including an unbeaten (11-0) mark in the regular season. It was just the fourth time in school history that a Bloomsburg team went through the regular season without a loss. He also earned PSAC Eastern Division Coach of the Year honors and the AFCA District One Coach of the Year award.

The Huskies also reached the NCAA playoffs in 1996, 2000 and 2001 seasons. During the 2000 season the Huskies were 12-3 and advanced to the NCAA championship game, eventually losing in the title contest. The team reached the finals after rallying from a 19-point deficit against UC-Davis in the national semi-finals to post a 58-48 win. Hale earned the American Football Coaches Association Division II National Coach of the Year following the season.

Overall Hale has also been named the AFCA District I Coach of the Year honors nine times, the third highest total in AFCA history. Twice he has won the honor in consecutive seasons (2000 and 2001 and 2005 and 2006). He has been named the PSAC Eastern Division Coach of the Year 10 times, including four straight from 1994 to 1997 and back-to-back in 2005 and 2006.

Among the great players Hale has coached include Irv Sigler, the winner of the 1997 Harlon Hill Award as the nation's best Division II football player. Sigler finished the year as one of the few players ever in Division II history to average more than 200 yards per game rushing.

In addition, Hale also coached Jamar Brittingham, a 2005 top three finalist for the Harlon Hill. Brittingham finished 2005 as college football's top rusher and scorer and was fourth in Division II in all-purpose yards. At the end of Brittingham's career in 2007, he was the all-time leading rusher and scorer in the history of both Bloomsburg and the PSAC and set a total of 29 school and conference records.

In 2010 Hale coached D-II's leading rusher and first team All-American in Franklyn Quiteh. As a freshman Quiteh was the only back at any level of football to rush for more than 2,000 yards. He went on to finish sixth in the balloting for the Harlon Hill Award.

Hale's other standout performer has been Jahri Evans, a fourth round draft choice of the New Orleans Saints in 2006. Evans, an offensive lineman, has started each game for the Saints the past four seasons along and helped lead the team to a Super Bowl title in 2010. Since 2009, Evans has enjoyed two of the most decorated seasons for a Saints offensive lineman. He's been voted to the last two Pro Bowls as a starter, was a 2009 and 2010 first-team All-Pro and is widely regarded as among the NFL's top linemen.

At West Chester Hale posted a mark of 40-13 and won three PSAC East titles and advanced to the NCAA playoffs in 1988.

Prior to West Chester, Hale was an offensive line and defensive coordinator at Colgate from 1981 to 1983. Prior to Colgate, Hale was the offensive line coach at Bucknell from 1975-80 and was defensive coordinator/linebacker coach at Vermont in 1974.

Hale is a graduate of West Chester, earning his bachelor's and master's degrees in Health and Physical Education in 1968 and 1973. He was an all-conference pick at West Chester and earned the team's most valuable player in the 1967 State Championship game, while also lettering three times for the track and field team. He is a member of the West Chester Football Hall of Fame and the Delaware County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

In 1968 Hale signed with the Pottstown Firebirds, the semi professional farm club of the Philadelphia Eagles, before entering the Marine Corps where he played middle linebacker for the Quantico Marines. Following a three-year stint, he was honorably discharged as a first lieutenant in 1972.

Hale and his wife Diane are the parents of four children, Roman; Brandie; Tyson; and Christina and have 10 grandchildren.

Updated 12/5/12

YearSchoolW L T PctPostseason
1984 West Chester 7 3 0 .700 PSAC East Co-Champs
1985 West Chester 7 3 0 .700
1986 West Chester 8 3 0 .727 PSAC East Champs
1987 West Chester 9 2 0 .818 PSAC East Champs
1988 West Chester 9 2 0 .818 NCAA Division II Playoffs
1993 Bloomsburg 5 6 0 .455
1994 Bloomsburg 8 3 0 .727 PSAC East Co-Champs
1995 Bloomsburg 9 1 1 .834 PSAC East Co-Champs
1996 Bloomsburg 10 2 0 .833 NCAA Division II Playoffs, PSAC East Champs
1997 Bloomsburg 8 2 0 .800 PSAC East Champs
1998 Bloomsburg 5 6 0 .455
1999 Bloomsburg 7 4 0 .636
2000 Bloomsburg 12 3 0 .800 NCAA National Runner-Up, NCAA Northeast Region Champs,
PSAC East Champs, Lambert Cup Winners, ECAC Team of the Year
2001 Bloomsburg 9 2 0 .818 NCAA Division II Playoffs, PSAC East Champs
2002 Bloomsburg 8 2 0 .800 PSAC East Co-Champs
2003 Bloomsburg 7 4 0 .636 PSAC East Co-Champs
2004 Bloomsburg 7 3 0 .700
2005 Bloomsburg 11 1 0 .917 NCAA Division II Playoffs, PSAC East Champs
2006 Bloomsburg 12 2 0 .857 NCAA Northeast Region Champs,
National Semi-Finalist, PSAC East Champs
2007 Bloomsburg 7 3 0 .700
2008 Bloomsburg 11 2 0 .846 NCAA National Quarterfinalist
2009 Bloomsburg 8 3 0 .727
2010 Bloomsburg 10 3 0 .769 NCAA Second Rounds; PSAC East Champs
2011 Bloomsburg 9 2 0 .818
2012 Bloomsburg 10 2 0 .833 NCAA First Round
TOTALS213691 .754

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