Vicki Hall is in her first season as associate head coach for the Rockets' women's basketball team. Hall will work with all aspects of the program, including post-player development, international recruiting, academic support and opponent scouting. She also serves as the program's recruiting coordinator.
"I've known Vicki for a very long time," two-time MAC Coach of the Year Tricia Cullop said. "She and I played on an AAU team that won a national championship when we were in high school. I've always been impressed with her work ethic. She outworked the competition and became one of the best high school players in the country, winning the coveted ‘Indiana Miss Basketball' title as well as several national player of the year awards. Vicki also knows the team effort necessary to achieve the NCAA Tournament, having enjoyed four trips to the ‘Big Dance' as a player, as well as three ‘Elite Eight' finishes.
Added Cullop, "Vicki's vast experience representing the United States as well as an illustrious professional career in the United States and overseas will give her instant credibility with our players. She's a wonderful role model and mentor for our players, a gifted coach and a winner. Vicki will be very involved in our recruiting efforts in the United States and abroad, and I know she'll do a terrific job developing our post players. We are fortunate to add such a basketball talent and tremendous person to our staff."
Hall comes to Toledo following one season at the University of New Mexico, where she was responsible for post-player development, practice and game management, skills training, staff development and program supervision, scheduling and fundraising. While with the Lobos, she helped mentor All-Mountain West Conference performers Porche Torrance and Caroline Durbin. Torrance was named the MWC Defensive Player of the Year, as well as selected to the All-Defensive Team and third-team all-league, while Durbin earned a spot on the first-team. UNM advanced to the championship game of the 2012 MWC Tournament.
Hall arrived in Albuquerque from MAC member Miami, where she served two years as an assistant coach. She assisted with scheduling, practice and game administration, post-player and guard development, pre-season conditioning, high school and junior college recruiting, academic support and fundraising during her time in Oxford. Hall worked with All-MAC selections Courtney Osborn and Kirsten Olowinski with the RedHawks. Osborn was a two-time third-team all-conference selection and the 2010 MAC Freshman of the Year, while Olowinski garnered a spot on the MAC All-Freshman Team and was named Honorable Mention All-MAC.
Hall received her start in coaching as the Head Coach for Bank Leumi in the Women's B League in Tel Aviv, Israel in 2002-03. She assumed leadership of a struggling program halfway through the season and improved the team's sixth-place ranking to finish second. Hall developed and coordinated the team's offensive and defensive play with the aid of no assistant coaches by integrating the previous coach's philosophy with her new ideas to create an improved team strategy.
Hall entered coaching following an extensive 16-year professional career. Hall spent time overseas with teams in Switzerland and Greece before returning stateside for stints with the Colorado Xplosion (1998-99) and Nashville Noise (1999-2000) of the ABL and the Cleveland Rockers (2000-01) and Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA. She also spent seven years playing for teams in Italy, France and Israel, helping lead Pool Comense to the ‘Final Four' in Italy in 2006.
Hall spent several years as a member of the United States National Team. She was part of the squad that won the 1990 World Championship in Malaysia. She also won gold with Team USA at the 1990 Goodwill Games in Seattle.
A sought-after prospect out of high school, Hall was the named both the Naismith and Gatorade Player of the Year in 1988. She went on to letter four years at the University of Texas (1988-93) and was named to the Southwest Conference All-Decade Team for the 1990s. She was part of four straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament and wrapped up her collegiate career ranked in the Top 11 in school history in eight categories - three-point field-goal percentage (.404, 3rd), total points (1,831, 6th), three-point field goals (115, 6th), points per game (15.6, tied for 6th), field goals (718, 7th), overall rebounds (887, 7.6, 8th), free throws (280, 11th) and free-throws attempted (417, 11th).
An experienced teacher, Hall has spent her off-seasons training basketball players of all ages. She conducted her own high-skill basketball camp in 1996 and was on the staff of the Nike All-American Camp in 1999.
A native of Indianapolis, IN, Hall earned her bachelor's degree in psychology in 1993.