Nippon Athletic Club -
Al Hall was born in Jellico, Kentucky in 1894 and moved to
Seattle in 1899. In 1913 he graduated from Broadway
High School where he was the first African American to play
on the football team. After fighting in World War I,
he returned to Seattle and worked for the Buffalo Hosiery
Company. Later he was a clerk in the King County
A short man even for the time period,
(he was reported to be under 5'0" tall) Hall become the first black coach to take up the sidelines
with the 1925 Nippon Athletic Club which was a formidable
task teaching football to the Japanese players who were best
known for their baseball skills.
Al died in 1964.