Meet Patrick Hall, a junior captain and the starting goalkeeper on the Brevard College Men's Soccer team. Hall is developing into a leader both on and off the field, making him the latest Spotlight Tornado.
Hailing from Goldsboro, North Carolina, Hall chose Brevard College for the small class sizes and the ability to form personal connections with professors. These personal connections help to set up future opportunities for students when graduating. Hall was also drawn to Brevard College due to the strong community environment that the school offers.
As a leader for the Tornados Soccer program, Hall has been named captain the past two seasons. He learned how to be a leader from the senior class during his first year. In his first season, Hall did not receive as much playing time as he would have liked but the upperclassmen taught the freshmen what to do to improve, prepare, and to compete at the college level. The lessons were well received by Hall, as he was named captain his sophomore year, and now as a junior, he is trying to instill the same lessons to the current underclassman.
Hall climbed his way up the USA South leaderboard during his sophomore season. The goalkeeper finished fourth in the conference in Save Percentage (.774), third in Goals-Against Average (1.00), and first in Goals Against (7). The 2017 soccer season is one of Hall's favorite soccer memories. The season did not start off as well as many expected, but by the end of the season, the team pulled together to win seven games in a row. Hall credited the senior class for creating a positive vibe for the team.
The junior has not let up during the 2018 season. Hall was named USA South Defensive Player of the Week after helping the Tornados to a win over Guilford College. The Tornados won 1-0 and Hall finished with eight saves. This season, Hall leads the conference in number of saves with 85 total. Hall was also featured in the USA South's Top Plays of the Month for September, after an impressive save against Guilford to preserve the shutout for the Tornados.
As the captain of the soccer team, Hall continually strives to get the team on the same page. Learning from his own experiences, the captain tries to help the younger student-athletes bolster their mentality while keeping everyone positive. The goal, according to Hall, is to get the job done and it is relatively easy since the men's soccer program has a tight bond and everyone gets along.
Not only is Hall a leader on the field, but on campus as well. He serves as a residential advisor for Stanback Hall. Being an RA has enabled Hall to arrive early on campus and getting a jump start on meeting people in the Brevard College community before classes began. Along with being an RA, the junior also serves as a Student Orientation Advising and Registration (SOAR) Leader. During new student orientations, the orientation leaders organize icebreakers and other competitions to get the incoming first-year excited about Brevard College. It is also a way for the incoming class to meet other new students and be able to recognize a friendly face on move-in day. Hall is also a member of a relatively new club at Brevard, called L.I.F.E., which was created for business and organizational majors and minors.
For the past three semesters, Hall has been named to the Honor Roll. The junior is majoring in Businesses and Organizational Leadership, while seeking a minor in History. Hall would like to one day work for a professional soccer club in Europe dealing with the public relations and game management side. Hall knows that there are many steps to take to get to this goal, so upon graduation, he plans to attend grad school to pursue an MBA.
Hall would also like to credit his academic advisor, Dr. Steve Woodsmall for acting as a mentor during his time at Brevard College. Dr. Woodsmall has listened, provided advice to Hall about his future and has continually supported Hall's soccer career.
While Hall is looking for additional internship opportunities, this ambitious student-athlete has already completed two internships. Hall worked with the the Goldsboro Parks and Recreation Department in his hometown followed by an internship with Midrex Technologies. At Midrex, Hall was able to work with companies in the Middle East to receive quotes for steel amongst other assignments. While the internship was challenging, Hall summed it up as a good overall experience.
In his free time, Hall enjoys exploring the forests in the Brevard area. His favorite hike is going to High Falls in Dupont Forest. When his family came to visit, he has able to share with them this favorite getaway.
Over the next year and a half, Hall has set goals both on and off the field. He would like to make it to a conference tournament and continue to develop into a leader to the underclassmen as someone the young Tornados can look up too. Hall would also like to take on a bigger leadership roles with campus life.
Be sure to follow Hall and the rest of the Brevard College Men's Soccer team as they host North Carolina Wesleyan and Greensboro this Saturday and Sunday.