Brian Wall, the lone head coach in the program’s history, enters his 10th season at the helm of the Hood men's soccer program as the Blazers in 2013.
On Feb. 4, 2012, Wall was inducted into the Mount St. Mary's University Sports Hall of Fame. As a player at the Mount, Wall was a four-year starter as a central defender and served as a team captain during his junior and senior seasons. He earned All-Northeast Conference honors and All-South third team honors in 1995 and 1996. Upon his graduation in 1998, he earned the John M. Kolon Award for academic and athletic excellence.
In just the team’s second season, Hood posted an impressive turnaround, finishing 8-4-1 in 2005 after its 1-12 inaugural season. The 7.5-game improvement tied for the third-best turnaround in all of NCAA Division III from 2004 to 2005. Hood matched its win total in 2006, compiling a mark of 8-10-1.
In 2006, during the team's inaugural season in the Capital Athletic Conference, the Blazers faced a challenging schedule but managed to defeat teams such as Frostburg State University and McDaniel College. The team faced top-seeded York College (Pa.) in the first round of the CAC playoffs, falling only 3-0.
The soccer program got underway in 2004 with Wall--formerly the boys' soccer coach at nearby Damascus (Md.) High School--leading the way. In their first season of competition, the Blazers took on several national powers, including NCAA Division III Final Four participant Salisbury University, and laid the foundation for the program.
In 2007, Wall returned seven recruits from his initial season in 2004 who became the first four-year men’s soccer players in the history of the program. The 2007 squad posted a record of 5-13 and 1-7 in the CAC.
In 2008, Wall and the Blazers went 4-12 and went 1-7 in the CAC. Then in 2009, Hood recorded a mark of 3-13 overall and 1-7 in the CAC.
In 2010, Wall's Blazers owned a 7-9 record and defeated two CAC teams (Marymount University and Wesley College) for the first time in program history. In addition, forward/midfielder Chris Mendez '12 became the first player in program history to be recognized as an all-CAC honoree with his selection to the second team.
In 2011, Hood started out strong and was unbeaten in four of its first five games, but the Blazers were bit by the injury bug at many key positions in their starting lineup and went on to finish with an overall mark of 3-10-1. Goalkeeper Will Lane '13 was named to the all-CAC second team following a stellar junior campaign.
Last year, the Blazers played their first season in the Commonwealth Conference and finished 4-10-2 and defeated Lycoming for the first win in the new conference on Oct. 27. Eric Diehl was named All-Commonwealth Conference First Team after finished among the conference’s scoring leaders with 24 points, eight goals and eight assists. The selection gave the Blazers an all-conference pick for the third straight year.
Wall, who holds a National Soccer Coaches Association of America ‘B' License and a U.S. Soccer Federation Class ‘C' License, served as an assistant at the Mount from 1998-2000 and was responsible for recruiting and monitoring the academic progress of team members. In addition, he helped increase the men's soccer team's fundraising revenue by 70 percent and implemented change management techniques to increase team motivation and performance. Wall assisted under the renowned Mark Mettrick, who is now the men's soccer head coach at NCAA Division I national power Loyola University (Md.).
Wall earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and finance in 1998 and a master's degree in finance in 2000, both from the Mount.
He has served as a business technology teacher at Damascus since 2001.