WESTLAKE — As the Westlake boys’ basketball team took on Lorain on Saturday evening in the high school gymnasium, a new face sat amongst the Demon faithful with his family nearby. Jason Hall was formally introduced as the new head football coach at Westlake.
“We came up here and spent some time and really enjoyed it,” Hall told FOX 8 News.
Hall spent the last seven years as the head coach of the Massillon Tigers football program before the two sides mutually agreed to part ways following the 2014 season. Hall told FOX 8 that he didn’t know what he was going to do after he left the Massillon program but he knew 2 days later it was time to get back to work. Hall eventually interviewed for the Westlake football job and even got the chance to sit down with 9 football players during that process, he called the meeting “energizing.”
Hall’s resume includes stops all over northeast Ohio, from Southeast, to Brush and even Nordonia. He has 9 playoff appearances, six of them coming at Massillon. Hall says the Demons will play a similar style of football to the one the Tigers ran.
“It’s going to be no different, we are going to play physical football, we are going to be fundamentally sound, organization and structure equals discipline,” Hall said. “It’s going to be a very structured football program.”
Once his family completes the move to the Cleveland area, Hall intends on looking to build his staff with the best coaches around, he also plans on getting involved in the youth football program.
“From the bottom to the top, it’s going to be run like a college football program at the top of the level but at the bottom we want to have great people around our kids,” said Hall.
Westlake will be part of a new Southwestern Conference which will expand next football season, Hall is looking forward to the challenge that the new conference brings.
“It’s exciting, all the schools are pretty close, it’s going to create an electric atmosphere almost every night,” he said.
Hall can’t wait to get started. His introduction night ended with Lorain beating Westlake 74-38 on the hardwood.