Date Posted:11/11/2002, 8:00AM
DURHAM, N.H.-- The University of New Hampshire athletic department has announced its new inductees into the 2002 Wildcat Athletic Council Hall of Fame. One fo the eight former former UNH student-athletes that were honored was Bowdoin College nordic ski coach Marty Hall. The banquet was held on Nov. 9 in Lundholm Gymnasium on the UNH campus.
Hall was a three-sport star throughout his tenure at UNH, balancing the rigors of football, skiing and track and field to become one of the most well-rounded athletes ever to compete at UNH. As a football player, Hall joined the team during his second year in Durham ('57), gradually improved over his first three seasons and, after a two-year stint in the U.S. Army ('61-63), Hall became the team's leading scorer during his final season of eligibility ('64). Hall was a stalwart on the track as well, lettering three times ('57, '58, '60). But Nordic skiing was (and continues to be) Hall's specialty. A member of the team for four seasons, and serving as a captain for two, Hall was the top Wildcat skier during each of his campaigns. During his final season as a Wildcat skier, Hall earned the Skimeister silver medal at the NCAA national championships. His performance there led to his selection to the U.S. National biathlon team, where he competed for two years.
After leaving UNH, Hall continued his active and impressive involvement in Nordic skiing. Starting his career with the Eastern Ski Association in 1967, Hall signed on as the Nordic Program Director. From there he moved on to become the assistant Program Director for the United States Ski Team and eventually he would become the head cross country coach for the U.S. Ski Team, where he served from 1973-78. It was under Hall's guidance that Bill Koch earned the silver medal at the 1976 Olympics, the only medal ever won by the U.S. in Nordic skiing in the history of the Winter Olympics. After leaving the U.S. team in 1978 with the best record in team history, Hall completed his first book, One Stride Ahead: An Experts Guide to Cross Country Skiing.
From there, Hall moved on to become the Canadian national team's head coach in 1981, a post he held until 1989, when he was named the National Teams Director for cross-country Canada. Hall retired from cross-country Canada in 1992, but his involvement in Nordic skiing has not waned. He stays involved acting as a broadcast analyst for TSN and CTV and has worked on such events as the FIS World Nordic Championships and the Winter Olympics. He also joined the Coaching Association of Canada's Board of Directors from 1991-97 and is a life member of the Canadian Professional Coaches Association as well as the head coach of the Bowdoin ski program.