Washington Stealth head coach Chris Hall returns his focus to lacrosse this season after missing time last year during his battle with cancer. (Photo: Richard Olson)
Washington Stealth head coach Chris Hall missed most of last season during his battle with throat cancer. Now with a clean bill of health, Hall has returned his focus to getting his team back on the winning track. With the 2013 season right around the corner, Aaron Lommers from the Everett Herald caught up with Coach Hall.
"Nearly 14 months ago, the man known affectionately in lacrosse circles as "CH" found out he was in for a different kind of competition -- a much more serious one," Lommers wrote. "Hall was diagnosed with throat cancer. That meant radiation and chemotherapy treatments and, perhaps most painful of all, time away from lacrosse.
"More than a year later, the fight continues against the toughest foe Hall has ever faced, but make no mistake, he's crushing his opponent," he added.
Hall returns to his position behind the Washington bench this season with a rejuvenated outlook.
"Truthfully, I probably feel the best I've felt in over 20 years," Hall told Lommers. "I feel great. I feel better than before I was sick, like considerably better. I think in large part that is due to I've got a little bit of a different view on life these days, and I probably take a lot better care of myself these days than I used to."
Hall didn't have to battle his illness on his own as his wife Pam supported him through thick and thin.
"My wife was like a pillar of strength," he said. "I really don't know what I would have done without her. She was so strong through the whole thing in helping me."
After a disappointing season during his absence, Hall's team is happy to have him back in good health.
"I mean, just having 'CH' healthy, he's one of the greatest minds in the game," said Stealth forward Rhys Duch. "So when he can put his full attention on our team and what we are doing, it really does everything a lot of good."
"He's got that drive again," said Stealth captain Kyle Sorensen. "He's got that passion. It's almost like he's got that second life now. You have to take every day as it comes. You have to respect the day and I think he realizes that now."
Hall certainly appreciates the outpouring of support from his players.
"For them to give me a hug or a big handshake and say 'Gee coach you look great, it's great to have you back,'" Hall said. "That was very special to me."
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