If there is an official Little League Hall of Fame, then Joey Hall out of Tualatin, Oregon ought to be enshrined in it. For 19 years Hall has coached one daughter after another in Little League softball, an amazing accomplishment that speaks to his dedication as a father.
I’ve coached my kids off and on over the years but can’t imagine doing it for that long. It’s a part-time job that requires a lot of time, effort, and sacrifice. And then you have to deal with unhappy parents, energetic and emotional kids, and opposing coaches and players who take the game way too seriously. Trying to find a balance between on-the-field success and having fun can often be maddening.
So I don’t know how Hall’s wins and losses stack up against other coaches, nor how many championships came as a result. But all of that doesn’t matter. To go through the ups and downs of being a youth sports coach for 19 years would get my Hall of Fame Dad vote.
For more information on Hall, see the following article from The Oregonian: