|Jim Hall has a record of determination and performance, a record that has turned floundering programs into national champions. Hall spent three seasons as the head women's coach at the University of Minnesota, Morris before coming to Fresno Pacific University. Prior to that he was the head women's coach at Simpson University in Redding, California.
Hall took over a women’s program at Simpson that had never experienced a winning season. Under Hall’s leadership, the Simpson women’s basketball team experienced their first winning season, earned a National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) post-season berth, won three consecutive National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association (NCCAA) II West Region Championships while compiling a 54-40 record. His 2001 and 2002 teams both advanced to the NCCAA II Final Four claiming the National Championship in 2002.
Not one to back away from a challenge, Hall moved to NCAA Division II member UMM, a team that had gone winless (0-28 and 0-28) the two previous seasons. The Cougars improved to 13-14 in Hall's second season (2004) as UMM transitioned to non-scholarship NCAA Division III. The Cougars were 10-15 last season.
In 2002, Hall was named the NCCAA II West Region Coach of the Year and the Simpson women’s basketball team named Northern California “team of the year” by two different groups. Hall has coached five NCCAA II First Team All-Americans, four NAIA II and NCCAA II Academic All-Americans, three California Pacific Conference All-Conference players, three NCCAA II West Region players and nine All-Region players.
Hall, a native of Bedford, Indiana, is a 1995 graduate of Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa. While earning a bachelor's degree in history, Hall was a member of the Grinnell College team that led the NCAA Division III in scoring his junior and senior seasons. Hall completed a master of science in education (health and physical education) at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri, in 1997.
Hall also joins FPU faculty as he teaches as a part of FPU’s kinesiology department. Jim and his wife Rachel live in Fresno and attend Valley Christian Center in Fresno.