But also like most successful authority figures — whether in sports, business or politics — Hall realized that there didn't need to be change just for the sake of change.
Most of the coaching staff remains in place from a year ago, with six assistants remaining.
“Every place you go, you do it differently,” Hall said. “I came in with the mindset that we're going to keep as much similarity for the young men as possible but put the coach Hall twist on it.
“They'll tell me, ‘This is what we've done in the past.' If I don't like it, I'm going to chunk it but most of it I like. Coach Huff ran a very good program.”
Hall hopes to take that program one step further.
“We know that, even though the east has won them the last 14, 16 years or whatever, the west is going to break through eventually,” Hall said. “We're hoping it's this year.
“Streaks are made to be broken.”
Campaign slogan: Give 'em Hall
Midwest City is using the motto “Bombers Unite” as Darrell Hall enters his first season there after two seasons at Tulsa Washington. Hall replaces Steve Huff, who took a job at College Station (Texas) High after a successful six-year run at Midwest City. Now, Hall enters a program with high expectations, trying to become the first west-side team to win a Class 6A football title since the Bombers did it in 1995. “Give 'em Hell Harry” wasn't an official campaign slogan of Truman's 1948 re-election campaign but was repeatedly yelled to the candidate during the race as he made stops around the country.
Endorsements for Darrell Hall
Willis Alexander, Douglass coach: “I think Midwest City made a great hire. They hired a person who is very passionate about the kids he coaches, and the relationship he has with them. Every kid that he has dealt with has a number of positive things to say about him. Competing against him was always fun, because you know his teams are gonna play very hard. I know Midwest City has a great coach and those kids have a great role model, and probably even a better person working with them.”
Carlos Freeman, Midwest City offensive lineman: “Coach Hall is one of those coaches that really work with you. It really helps these younger guys. He's doing an excellent job and his attitude has been amazing. He's real patient, real laid-back and real chill but as soon as you make him made, you know you did and you're not very happy about it.”