Danny Hale

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2016


Danny Hale
Football • West Chester

Hale was an exceptional player at West Chester University and one of the most successful coaches in all of NCAA Division II history.  Danny was the Head Coach of football at West Chester University for five years and for 20 years at Bloomsburg University.  His overall 25 year record as a Head Coach of football was 213 wins, 69 losses and 1 tie (.754) which ranks him among the top five Division II coaches in winning percentage and victories.  As Head Coach at WCU, Danny's teams posted a 40-13 mark and won three PSAC East titles and in 1988 advanced to the NCAA playoffs, including a win over arch rival Division IAA University of Delaware.  Hale is a graduate of West Chester, earning his Bachelor's and Master's degree in 1968 and 1973 respectively.  As a player, he was an all-conference pick and earned the team's most valuable player in the 1967 State Championship game, while lettering three times for the Track and Field team.  While coaching at Bloomsburg, Hale had a remarkable record of 173-56-1 and holds the school record for most coaching victories.  At Bloom the teams won 10 games seven times and advanced to the NCAA playoffs eight times.  Overall, Danny Hale was named American Football Coaches Association District I Coach of the Year nine times, the third highest in AFCA history. He was also named as Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Coach of the Year ten times including four straight from 1994-1997 and back-to-back in 2005-2006.  After completing his Masters degree at WCU, Danny Hale served as Defensive Coordinator/Linebacker Coach at Vermont in 1974, Offensive Line Coach at Bucknell from 1975-1980, and Offensive Line Coach and Defensive Coordinator at Colgate from 1981-1983. As a player at WCU, Hale led his teams to two consecutive appearances in the Tangerine Bowl in 1966-67. He was a PSAC all-conference player and most valuable player in the 1997 PSAC State Championship game.  Danny also lettered three times in Track and Field.  He is a member of the West Chester University's W. Glen Killinger Football Hall of Fame and the Delaware County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.  After graduating from WCU in 1968, Hale signed with the Pottstown Firebirds, the semi-pro farm club of the Philadelphia Eagles before entering the United States Marine Corps where he played middle linebacker for the Quantico Marines.  He was honorably discharged as a First Lieutenant in 1972.  Danny Hale retired from coaching in June 2013 at which time, in his honor and for his dedication to the many young men he guided, inspired, and coached, Bloomsburg University named the Football Field at the university the "Danny Hale Field".
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