|College:||James Madison '77|
Hal Willard is back for his ninth season as a St. Mary's assistant baseball coach in 2013. Willard returned to the Seahawk dugout following a 13-year hiatus. He had served as an assistant coach to former skipper Tom Harmon in 1978 before taking over as the head coach from 1979 to 1991.
A 1977 graduate of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, Willard has a bachelor's degree in health and physical education. While at JMU, he lettered four years on the varsity football team as a quarterback and safety.
Upon graduation, Willard began work as an instructor of physical education at nearby Chopticon High School (where he also coached football and basketball) before finding employment at the U.S. Naval Air Station at Patuxent River where he currently serves as the athletic director.
While at St. Mary's, he turned around a program designated for elimination from the athletic department, putting together the team's first winning season in 1982 (12-10-1). In addition to his duties as head baseball coach, Willard also assumed the duties of assistant women's basketball coach, athletic trainer and sports information director.
A native of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, he currently resides in Leonardtown (Md.) with his wife, Becky. The couple are the proud parents of two sons, Drew and Garth.
Drew '07 is a history teacher at Leonardtown Middle School and serves as the head baseball coach at Leonardtown High School while Garth is a 2009 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute where he was a Navy ROTC Cadet. Garth is now a Lieutant Junior Grade helicopter pilot stationed at Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Florida.