Dons’ former football coach follows a 15-year run by Mike Keeney

Loyola Blakefield has named Brant Hall, a 1998 graduate of Blakefield, as its new Director of Athletics. His appointment is effective July 1, 2018, and follows the 15-year tenure of Mike Keeney. Keeney, a 1965 graduate of the school, is set to retire in June.

Hall has served as Assistant Director of Athletics since 2012 and spent five seasons as the head coach of Loyola’s football program.

“I’m honored to follow in Mike’s footsteps,” said Hall. “Over the course of his time at Loyola, we have seen success on the field with over 40 championship titles, as well as growth in participation. I hope to build off that success and lead Loyola Athletics to even greater heights.”

In addition to his work in the Athletics Department, Hall served as Assistant Director of Admissions from 2005–12 and spent nine years as Offensive Coordinator for the varsity football team.

“I’m excited to continue building relationships within our community and serve as a mentor to our young men,” added Hall. “Winning is going to be a priority, but participation in athletics as a means to convey the values associated with our Ignatian mission and to form men of character is what will set Loyola Athletics apart from its peers.”

Hall emerged as the top candidate from a pool of more than 50 individuals. The comprehensive search, which began in the fall of 2017, provided opportunity for over 55 members of the Loyola community, including student athletes, to take an active role in evaluating candidates.

“I’m grateful to all those who played a role in our search process, “said John Marinacci, Loyola’s Principal. “Brant’s experience in the landscape of the MIAA and his leadership as a mentor to coaches and athletes make him an ideal fit to lead Loyola Athletics. He has always stayed true to the values he gained during his time as a student and will represent Loyola with integrity and passion.”

A three-year varsity starter at quarterback during his time at Loyola, Hall was named the Baltimore metro Offensive Player of the Year in 1997. He was a member of two tri-championship teams and one MIAA A Championship squad. During his tenure at Lehigh, the team won four consecutive Patriot League Championships, and he was twice named 1st Team All-Patriot League. Hall currently stands as the winningest quarterback in Lehigh history.

Hall and his wife, Terra, reside in Owings Mills with their two children, Brant Jr. (9) and Chandler (6).