The voice message said, ""You have reached Jason Hall, head football coach at Nordonia High School...''
Hall will quickly be changing that message to, ""You have reached Jason Hall, head football coach at Massillon High School...'' if he hasn't already.
On Thursday, Hall, 33, resigned as head coach at Nordonia after leading the Knights to a 10-2 record and an appearance in the Division I state semifinal game. Hall's announcement ended weeks of speculations that he was the top candidate for the Massillon job, which became available when former coach Tom Stacy took the head coaching job at Green.
From the tone of Nordonia athletic director Rob Eckenrode's voice, it appeared that Eckenrode may have been taken aback somewhat, considering Hall had coached Nordonia just one season. Maybe Eckenrode and the Nordonia supporters that Hall would spend more time there. But the high-profile Massillon job seemed to be too enticing for Hall to pass up.
""I wish Jason luck,'' Eckenrode said.
When asked if he thought Hall would leave, after hearing rumors that Hall was a leading candidate for the Massillon job, Eckenrode responded, ""I'd rather not comment. I need to look out for what's best for Nordonia.''
One of the names already circulating as a possible replacement for Hall is actually a familiar name. It's Keith Boedicker, who coached 11 seasons at Nordonia, compiled a 92-32 record and led the Knights to five appearances in the playoffs. Eckenrode declined to give any details as to any candidates or a timeline for hiring.
""I'm not going to speculate on what's going to happen next,'' he said. ""Myself, the principal (Chuck Vrabel) and the superintendent (Wayne Blankenship) are going to get together and make the best possible decision for the school and the program.''
Telephone messages for Hall were not returned.[ep