(ISN) – Vancouver, BC (July 9, 2014) – The National Lacrosse League has announced that Chris
Hall and Pat Coyle have been voted into the NLL Hall of Fame as inductees of the
Class of 2014.
Coyle becomes the first defenseman in league history to win induction
while Hall was elected in his first year of eligibility. Coyle and Hall will become
the 22nd and 23rd members of the Hall of Fame and mark the first multi-member class
Hall served as a head coach in the league for 12 seasons, first with the Calgary
Roughnecks from 2002-2007 before finishing his coaching career with the Vancouver
Stealth franchise from 2009-2014. Hall’s 85 regular-season wins ranks third all-time
behind Darris Kilgour (121) and Les Bartley (93).
With an 11-6 career record in the postseason, Hall’s 11 playoff wins rank fourth all-time behind Bartley (22), Troy
Cordingley (12) and Kilgour (12). In 2010, Hall became just the second coach in NLL
history to win the Champion’s Cup with two different teams as he led the Stealth to
its first-ever title after winning it all with Calgary in 2004. The Stealth reached
the championship game in three of four seasons from 2010-2013 and Hall was a
co-recipient of the 2010 NLL Head Coach of the Year award. Following his retirement
from coaching at the end of the 2014 season, Hall enters his first year as Senior
Advisor to the President with the Stealth.
Hall received votes on over 77 percent of the overall ballots, followed by Coyle
(58%), Bergey and McCready (45%), and Toth (39%). Coyle won induction by appearing
on 77 percent of ballots cast by Hall of Fame members.
Hall of Fame ballots were cast by the teams, current members of the NLL Hall of Fame
and senior members of the league’s covering media. Voters were able to select up to
three of the five nominees on the ballot. To win induction into the Hall of Fame,
nominees must be selected on a minimum of 75 percent of the overall ballots cast or
75 percent of ballots cast by Hall of Fame members.
Plans for the NLL Hall of Fame Class of 2014 induction ceremony will be announced at
a later date.