Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Roy Hall It Was a Loss Coach Enjoyed Inside the Lines

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Roy Hall It Was a Loss Coach Enjoyed Inside the Lines

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The pain was becoming too much for Roy Hall to handle.

Weighing in at more than 380 pounds, the Jeannette football coach was experiencing the kind of problems that often come with that amount of heft. He lacked energy, had high blood pressure and was unable to go through some of life's daily motions.

And then there were his knees. With so much weight to support, Hall's joints constantly ached to the point where he had trouble getting in certain instructive stances during practice. Even joyous occasions such as traveling to Ohio State football games to see his nephew, Jordan, play became increasingly difficult.

It was becoming so aggravating that Hall, a Jeannette graduate who has coached at the school for 30 years, began to wonder how much longer he could pace the sidelines on Friday nights.

"It was like carrying an extra person," he said.

As the years wore on, it became clear to him -- it was time to make a change.

Between gastric bypass surgery and a weight-loss regimen that preceded it, Hall is more than 150 pounds lighter, a change that's had a far-reaching and unquestionably positive impact on his life.

Gone is the lingering pain that almost forced him to hang up his whistle, allowing him to become what he describes as "a more active coach." Five games into the 2014 season, it shows, with the Jayhawks undefeated and tied atop the Class A Eastern Conference standings.

Every few months, Hall visits the doctor and each time, he's received a clean bill of health. In order to maintain his lower weight, he's altered his diet and twice a week, he wakes up at 4 a.m. and exercises before heading to work. His wife even likes to joke that he's "half the man that she married."

In almost every respect, Hall is a new man, one who couldn't be happier.

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