DeLaSalle High School is excited to announce that CJ Hallman `02 will become the new varsity football head coach. Over the past eight years, Hallman has been an assistant coach in both the football and boys’ basketball programs, coaching at various levels (ninth grade, junior varsity, and varsity assistant). Most recently he was the Offensive Line coach for the Islander football program. During his time as an assistant coach with the DeLaSalle football program, the Islanders reached two state championship games in 2008 and 2014.
Hallman’s primary duties at DeLaSalle are as Associate Director of Lasallian Ministry, a position he has held since returning to DeLaSalle in 2008. In Lasallian Ministry, Hallman manages the student Christian Service program, facilitating on-campus and off-campus service programs for the 760 students enrolled at DeLaSalle. Altogether, DeLaSalle students provide over 20,000 hours of service to their communities each school year. Hallman also provides management assistance to other Lasallian Ministry programs, including student retreats, liturgies, service trips, campus ministry events and programs, and bringing speakers and activities to the school’s campus on Nicollet Island. He graduated from DePaul University with a degree in Sociology in 2007.
A 2002 graduate of DeLaSalle, Hallman played on the Islander team that won the 1999 Minnesota State Class AAA Championship under then coach, Tony Johnson. He inherits a program that had enjoyed a run of 13 straight winning seasons prior to the 2015 season, with an overall record of 128-32 since 2002, and a top ten ranking in 12 of those 13 winning seasons. Since 1989, the program has won more than 78 percent of its games. In addition to the State Championship in 1999, DeLaSalle has also finished as runners- up in 2007, 2008, and 2014.
DeLaSalle’s Director of Student Activities, Adam Pribyl, noted that, “We received applications from several dozen candidates, but CJ quickly stood out as someone who has enjoyed great success within the current program and great leadership for our current student-athletes. Our number one goal was to find a candidate who would continue our tradition of excellence on the field, but more importantly, it was imperative to hire a coach who would help the players become better students, better people, and grow in the mission and values of DeLaSalle. CJ has earned the support of athletes, their families and many colleagues, and almost all of his supporters spoke to both the athletic and personal excellence he would instill in his players.”
Hallman replaces former Islander coach, Sean McMenomy, who accepted a new position at South Caldwell High School in Hudson, NC in late-March. McMenomy coached at DeLaSalle for the past seven seasons, earning five trips to the state playoffs during his tenure.
DeLaSalle is the third largest Catholic high school in Minnesota, ending its 116th year at its location on Nicollet Island, adjacent to downtown Minneapolis. Enrollment has grown 26 percent in the past five years alone and now stands at 760 total students in grades 9-12, its largest enrollment since 1971. Over 400 eighth graders have applied for one of the 200 available places in the Class of 2020. The curriculum is college preparatory, with over 98 percent or more of recent graduates matriculating to college each year. More information about DeLaSalle or its football program may be found at www.delasalle.com.