Clovis News: Sports

Cory Hall hired as Clovis North football coach

Cory Hall, a former Fresno State and NFL player, has been named Clovis North High's football coach on an interim basis.

Carlo Prandini, Clovis North's area superintendent, said the Clovis Unified school board will be informed of Hall's appointment Wednesday night.

Prandini and school administrators committed to hiring an interim coach soon after Tim Simons' resignation in early February because of a health problem.

"The timing of it wasn't what we preferred because of Tim's health," Prandini said. "And the hiring and budgetary climate is still so uncertain in the state, we didn't want to rush."

Simons has returned to his Fresno home after undergoing a "positive" heart-related surgery, Prandini said.

Hall -- Clovis Unified's first black head coach in football, interim or permanent -- has been the junior varsity coach at Clovis North, which has its first senior class.

Hall couldn't be reached to comment, but he is taking on the job with the intent of keeping it, Prandini said: "Cory's not afraid of the interim tag."

There is no question Hall's competition in a year for the permanent job will be substantial.

"Without even trying," Prandini said, the school already has attracted national interest in the job.