Larry Hall, 40, coach of the Brigham Young University men's tennis team for the past nine years, will give up coaching duties at the end of the season in May and return to full-time teaching in the physical education department at the university.

The school is now searching for a replacement.For the past eight years, Hall has been splitting his time between teaching and coaching.

"And it's been difficult trying to do justice to both," he said. "Unfortunately, they are not complementary because of the extreme amount of time involved in coaching. It's been fun and I've enjoyed it, but the opportunities to teach full-time don't come around that often.

"Teaching full time, though, is something I've seriously considered. This will give me greater opportunity to concentrate in one area."

Hall replaced former tennis coach Wayne Pearce in the fall of 1979. Over the past nine years Hall has compiled a 131-98 (.572) record. He coached the Cougars to his first WAC title in 1985 at the conference meet in San Diego. His team is one of the favorites to win the title at this year's WAC tournament (May 2-7) in Provo. He was voted WAC and Region 7 Coach of the Year in 1986 and was voted Region 7 top coach again this year.

In the nine years he has coached three All-America players David Harkness, a senior this year, Paul Steele and Robert-Jan Bierens.

Hall played at BYU from 1967 through 1970. In 1970, he was named to the All-America team.

After earning his bachelor of science degree in 1970, he earned his masters at BYU in 1971, then moved to the University of Utah where he earned his doctorate in physical education in 1976. Before going to BYU in 1978, he worked as a coach and program director at the Sports Mall.

This year Hall's team is 21-5.