Women's Basketball |

J. Kelley Hall
J. Kelley Hall

Position:
Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Troy '82



J. Kelley Hall enters his second season at Cincinnati after leading the undermanned Bearcats to a 12-16 record in his first season at the helm. Hall's up-tempo style led to wins against crosstown rival Xavier and BIG EAST foes Georgetown, USF, and Providence. Hall earned his 300th career head-coaching victory in a 69-49 win against Georgetown on Jan. 8.

Hall became just the seventh head coach of the University of Cincinnati women's basketball program when he was introduced as the Bearcats' new mentor on April 4, 2007. The 49-year-old Hall is considered one of the top recruiters in the nation and brings with him a winning system which has been developed in some of the most competitive regions of America in women's college basketball. Hall's national recruiting base was developed during coaching stops at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, as head coach (2002-07), at Louisville, as associate head coach/recruiting coordinator (2000-02), and assistant coach/recruiting coordinator positions at Auburn (1996-2000), Cal State Fullerton (1994-96), Mississippi State (1992-94), the University of Alabama (1983-84) and Troy (1982-83).

Hall's career coaching highlights include guiding his teams to six NCAA Tournaments, one WNIT appearance, while coaching six all-Americans, 10 all-Southeastern Conference student-athletes, and one NCAA scoring champion. Hall's career record as a head coach stands at 302-134, a winning percentage of .692.

Hall comes to the Bearcats from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette where he coached five seasons, transforming the team from a struggling program to a power in the Sun Belt Conference. Hall took over at UL-Lafayette in 2002-03 and inherited a program with a 300+ RPI rating and built Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns into a Top 60 RPI program in 2006-07. From 1990 to 2000, the Cajuns averaged four wins a season. In Hall's first two seasons the UL program was 21-34 but posted a mark of 65-28 in his final three seasons.

Hall's 2006-07 squad, which was picked to finish third in the Sun Belt Conference's West Division, finished 25-9, winning the regular season Sun Belt West Division title, and accepted a rare mid-major at-large berth to the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament. It was the first-ever NCAA Tournament invitation in UL-Lafayette history. The 25 victories set a new school record for single-season wins, eclipsing the mark of 22 set by the 2004-05 team.

One of Hall's most impressive statistics as a coach has nothing to do with results on the court, but in the classroom. In five years, his recruited student-athletes at UL-Lafayette recorded a 100-percent graduation rate.

The 2005 Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year, Hall is the all-time winningest coach in University of Louisiana at Lafayette women's basketball history. During his five seasons, Hall's Cajuns set eight individual and 12 team records, including most victories in a season (25, 2006-07), most home wins in a season (13, 2004-05), most consecutive home wins in a season (13, 2004-05), and most consecutive home wins, notching 22 consecutive wins from February 5, 2004 through January 5, 2006.

Under Hall's direction, the Ragin' Cajuns finished either first or second in their Sun Belt West Division in his last four seasons, including Sun Belt West Division titles in 2005 and 2007, and second-place finishes during the 2004 and 2006 seasons. Regarded as one of the finest defensive coaches in the women's college game, Hall is known for his aggressive match-up zone and tenacious presses and half court traps. Over the Cajuns' last 147 games, UL-Lafayette held the opposition to 58.7 ppg on 36.3 percent shooting.

During the 2006-07, season Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns finished the season ranked eighth nationally in rebound margin (+9.3), 18th in field goal percentage defense (35.7), and 40th in win-loss percentage (.735).

During his five seasons Hall directed three 1,000-point scorers and coached one Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year, three Sun Belt Conference Newcomers of the Year, and three first-team all-Sun Belt performers.

Over his quarter century of coaching, Hall has been a proven winner, posting 19 winning seasons -- 13 of which included 20-plus victories.

Prior to his stint at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Hall spent two years as an associate head coach at BIG EAST foe University of Louisville. He served as the Cardinals' recruiting coordinator and a defensive specialist coach, as well as handling on-floor coaching duties and working with the post players. During his stint at U of L, Hall was key in signing the No. 2-ranked junior college player in the country, Amande Wolfe. He is also credited with organizing the first Lady Cardinals Elite Basketball Camp.

Prior to his success at Louisville, he spent four seasons as the recruiting coordinator at Auburn, bringing in some of the top players in the country, and producing nationally-ranked classes in each of his four seasons. Hall's first recruiting class ranked fourth in the nation by Blue Chip Magazine. The class included All-Americans Shana Askew, Tasha Hamilton and Conswella Sparrow. His second class was ranked fifth overall in the country and each were named an All-American by USA Today. His third and fourth classes also received national acclaim, including Top 10 by USA Today, Blue Star and All-Star recruiting services. His fourth recruiting class included Carol Smith, the Rawlings NJCAA National Player of the Year in 2000.

Hall spent two seasons (1994-96) at California State University Fullerton as an assistant and recruiting coordinator. While at Cal State Fullerton, he coached Koko Lahanas who averaged 26.8 ppg, leading the nation in scoring in 1994-95. He also served in the capacity of recruiting coordinator at Mississippi State from 1992-94.

Hall became head coach for the first time when he took over the reigns at Gordon Junior College in 1984-85. He guided the team to a 19-7 record and a third-place finish in the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association (GJCAA).

The Selma, Ala. native honed his X's and O's as a head coach in the highly competitive junior college ranks at Truett-McConnell Junior College from 1985-92. Hall averaged 26 wins per year during a seven-year stint as the head coach, capturing three state championships and four second-place finishes. In 1991 and 1992, he was named the GJCAA Coach of the Year and mentored five NJCAA All-Americans. Hall also got valuable experience as director of athletics, assistant dean of students, and was the chairman of the health and physical education department.

He began his coaching career at his alma mater, Troy (Ala.) University, serving as an assistant for one season in 1982. Following the 1982 campaign, Hall moved on to Tuscaloosa, Ala. where he was a volunteer assistant at the University of Alabama during the 1983-84 season.

Hall and his wife Meredith have two daughters, Brynley Michele and Jordyn Kelley, and one son, Aubrey Oneal. Meredith (formerly Sisson) Hall has served on her husband's staff, including four seasons as a volunteer assistant coach at UL-Lafayette, and the 2006-07 season as co-head coach of the Ragin' Cajuns. The former Virginia Commonwealth standout was a two-time team captain for the Rams, and later played briefly in the WNBA with the Washington Mystics.

Hall received his bachelor's degree in secondary education from Troy University in 1982.

    The Birmingham News

    Tuberville would want home-and-home with Alabama in 2015

    NBC Sports

    Cincinnati getting a home game with Alabam would be huge

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Murky two-division AAC split could become clearer soon

    USA Today

    Breakout stars for the 2014 NFL season

    BCSNN

    Top 10 Reascons Cincinnati Will Win the AAC Football Championship

    Philadelphia Business Journal

    Celek Earns Prestigious 40 Under 40 Award

    Sports Illustrated: Campus Union

    Cincinnati QB Gunner Kiel finally where he wants to be

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Bearcats will be filled with fresh faces next season

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Sandy Koufax's season with UC Bearcats remembered

    News Record

    Freshman basketball player creates new expectations

    BCSNN

    Cincinnati Bearcats Shut Out No. 12 Houston Cougars, 3-0

    Fox19

    Dangel breaks former high school coach's UC record

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Sycamore High School grad excels in lacrosse at UC

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Gunner Kiel impresses at UC football's spring game

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Youthful UC can make its own history next season

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    UC's defense makes statement in latest scrimmage

    FanIQ.com

    Remember Gunner Kiel? He's Ready to Dominate

    SportsIllustrated.com

    Hank Hughes Q&A

    New York Times

    Growing as a Player, Beaming as a Father

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    NCAA Tournament is 'Cincinnati vs. the world'

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Kiel comes out strong in Bearcats' spring scrimmage

    Sporting News

    2013-14 Men's Basketball All-Americans

    Fox Sports

    Cincinnati made me a believer

    CBS Sports.com

    Former redshirt Sean Kilpatrick finishing out historic career

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Q&A with UC AD Mike Bohn

    ESPN

    Brennan's Wooden Watch: Week 14

    MLSSoccer.com

    Fit and healthy, Omar Cummings offering a new dynamic up top for Houston Dynamo

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Men's soccer signee Clark named Gatorade Ohio player of the year

    ESPN

    Munchie Legaux and Shaq Washington gain extra year

    Denver Post

    Mike Bohn eager to point Cincinnati Bearcats in right direction as AD

    The Washington Post

    No. 7 Bearcats have highest ranking in 10 years

    Yahoo! Sports

    How Sean Kilpatrick willed UC past Louisville and back into the nation's consciousness

    SI.com

    Cincinnati takes over AAC with win at Louisville

    ESPN.com

    Tough Bearcats don't get rattled

    ESPN.com

    UC staves off Temple to stay perfect in AAC

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    UC looks to 15-year sports admin vet Reed-Francois for interim AD

    CBS Sports

    No. 15 Cincinnati stomps UCF, wins 11th straight

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Bearcats take down USF 61-54, win 10th straight

    USA Today

    Why Cincinnati is not a team to sleep on

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Short-handed Bearcats cautious about ranking

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    UC's goal: win them all at home

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Cronin: Not easy, but Cats got through fatigue

    The News Record

    What you missed in UC sports during break

    FB Schedules

    Boise State, Cincinnati Schedules 2019, 20 Home-and-Home Series

    Forbes

    The Best and Worst College Football Teams for the Money

    USA Today

    Report: Colleges doing poorly at hiring women coaches

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Randolph named AAC Player of the Week

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    UC women's basketball knocks off Ohio State

    Bleacher Report

    Belk Bowl 2013: Cincinnati-North Carolina

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Belk Bowl: UC vs. UNC

    ESPN

    Belk Bowl Breakdown

    BelkBowl.com

    The Showdown is Set

    ESPN

    Cards, Bearcats set for defensive battle

    CBS Sports

    Louisville-Cincinnati Preview

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Thursday is UC's fight for perception

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Don't let UC's next opponent fool you

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    UC jumps to No. 23 in USA Today football poll

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Bearcats break into USA Today Top 25

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    McKay turns in monster game against Rutgers

    ESPN

    Kay throws for 408 yards, 4 TDs as Cincinnati routs Rutgers

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Bearcats won't lessen the pressure

    News & Record

    Pressure takes toll on NC State against Cincinnati

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Bearcats face variety of bowl scenarios

    The News Record

    UC weary of SMU's aerial attack ahead of AAC clash

    Bleacher Report

    Best College Football Moments in Cincinnati History

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Mark Barr returns to UC, gets ovation

    HoustonDynamo.com

    After frustrating year, Omar Cummings puts Houston Dynamo on his back with clutch playoff goal

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    UC's Shaq Thomas 'our version of Herb Jones'

    USA Today

    Cincinnati holds off Memphis for third straight

    ESPN

    Cincinnati's Mark Barr out of hospital

    TopDrawer Soccer

    Furman and Cincinnati men go nose-for-nose in College Goal of the Week

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Green seizing his moment for the Bearcats

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Bearcats' Jermaine Lawrence is new breed of forward

    UC Magazine

    Hostility to Hope: Feature on Men's Soccer Player John Manga

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Bearcats' Jermiah Davis III fights to be remembered

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Bearcats' Justin Jackson goes from energizer to example

    The News Record

    Cronin excited for new group

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    UC Bearcats' Sean Kilpatrick: 'It's the season now'

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Bearcats basketball will have fresh look

    The News Record

    UC Looks to RetainVictory Bell for Eighth Consecutive Season

    Miami Herald

    Kay Ready to Lead Bearcats into Rivalry Game

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Former Bearcat Thompkins making most of shot in NFL

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    New practice setup could benefit UC basketball

    ESPN.com

    Munchie Legaux out for season

    ESPN.com

    Cincinnati Rolls Past Purdue

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Bearcats defense puts up dominant effort

    American Athletic Conference

    2013 Team Previews: Cincinnati Bearcats

    Sports Illustrated

    Bowl projections: Cincinnati vs. North Carolina in the Russell Athletic Bowl

    Cincinnati Business Courier

    Bearcats sell out football opener against Purdue

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Depth at defensive line still strong for Bearcats

    Bleacher Report

    Cincinnati Bearcats Football 2013 Team Preview

    UC Voted 2nd

    Coach Tuberville and his players discuss their reactions to being voted to finish 2nd in the inaugural season of the American Athletic Conference

    QB Timetable

    Coach Tuberville discusses his timetable to choose a starting QB with The Cincinnati Enquirer

    Thompkins at Patriots' Training Camp

    Former UC wide receiver, Kenbrell Thompkins, impressed many at Patriots' training camp 

    World University Games

    Sean Kilpatrick talks about his experience overseas

    World University Games

    Sean Kilpatrick talks about his experience overseas 

    Nippert Renovation Plan

    The Cincinnati Enquirer looks at the Nippert Stadium Project

    Cincinnati football's 'Crocodile Dundee'

    A former professional rugby player from Australia joins the Bearcat football team

    2013 Preseason 'Watch List' 

    Several Cincinnati Bearcats make 2013 national 'watch list'

    Sports Insider Today

    Young Cincinnati Team Looks to Improve in 2013 Amidst New Conference Setting

    ESPN Blog

    Cincinnati to play Pitt in December

    GoBEARCATS.com

    Former Bearcat Herman Qualifies for U.S. Open

    USA Today

    BearcatsTV Gets National Attention from USA Today's For the Win

    SportingNews.com

    Cincinnati Bearcats Baseball Earns Top Honors in Videobombing

    The Washington Post

    Cincinnati Bearcats Do the Best Postgame Interviews

    Fox Sports

    Bearcats Rock Postgame Interviews

    Philly.com

    Cincinnati Bearcats Revolutionize the Post Game Interview

    YardBarker

    You'll love this Cincinnati Bearcats Post Game Funny Business Compilation

    Philly.com

    Those guys having all the fun: An oral history of the Cincinnati baseball team's videobombs

    MSN Now

    This college baseball team wins the 'best interview' award

    ESPN.com

    Winn, Cincinnati run over Pittsburgh

    Cincinnati.com Bearcats Blog

    Cincinnati looks to sophomore RB Ralph Abernathy to increase production