LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech head soccer coach Tom Stone announced Wednesday the hiring of Nick Hallam as an assistant coach for the Red Raider program.
Hallam arrives in Lubbock with 19 years of coaching experience in the state of Texas and 20 overall. Recently, he was the Director of Coaching for Lonestar SC San Antonio for seven years, while also on staff at the U.S. Soccer Training center in South Texas since 2015.
"Nick Hallam is someone we have kept an eye on for quite some time now and he has a long standing relationship with Red Raider Soccer," Stone said. "In addition to recruiting many of his former players into the program over the last several years, Nick has been a long time member of our Elite College ID Camp staff, which has given us the opportunity to watch him train players, teams and see the dynamic manner in which he engages players in both settings."
"I have admired his approach to the game and the manner in which his teams have played and competed. Nick has terrific ties here in our home state of Texas and will prove extremely valuable in the areas of our team development while being able to relate well with the youth players and coaches we interact with on the recruiting trail. Nick and his wife, Laura, are excited about moving their family to Lubbock and we look forward to introducing them all to their new Red Raider family. Nick has a very positive and thoughtful demeanor with his players and I think he will be a tremendous addition to our culture and team dynamic."
A native of the United Kingdom, Hallam played semi-professionally for nine years before moving to Texas to become a coach. Since then, he's instructed over 100 players who have gone on to play collegiate soccer over his time with various club teams and working with U.S. Soccer. He has also been a staff member of Texas Tech's Elite ID Soccer Camps since 2012.
"I am very excited and humbled to join the Texas Tech soccer staff," Hallam said. "When offered the chance to coach at the university, it was an easy decision. I want to thank Coach Stone, Kirby Hocutt, Dr. Judi Henry and the Texas Tech athletic department for this wonderful opportunity."
"I can't wait to meet the players and will work tirelessly to help them improve and compete on a daily basis. I believe Texas Tech soccer to be one of the elite programs in the nation and I look forward to working with Tom, Gibbs [Keeton] and the rest of the soccer staff over the coming years to keep pushing the program forward."
As director of coaching with Lonestar SC San Antonio, Hallam instructed the club to a new level of recognition, qualifying his teams into the highest level of regional play & into the NPL Finals in 2016. He introduced a club-wide coaching curriculum across the three training locations, implementing a style of play that has supported the club's development philosophy. As a result, over 200 players from the club have been selected to ODP state pools, with more than 100 being offered spots on college soccer rosters.
Before his seven years in San Antonio, Hallam spent three years as the Director of Coaching of Albion Hurricanes FC in Houston from 2009-2012, immediately propelling the club onto the regional & national scene. Five of the clubs teams qualified for the USYS National League, then in 2012 after success at the state, regional and national levels, was accepted into the ECNL.
During his time in Houston, the club raised the quality of its training facilities, increased the amount of financial aid provided to low income families with soccer-playing children and expanded its footprint to serve a larger part of the Houston area. Hallam and the club helped maintain Albion Hurricanes FC as Houston's leading full-service Boys and Girls Youth Soccer Club.
Hallam has been married to his wife, Laura, for 15 years, and has two daughters, Maisie and Marin.