Former All-SEC Player Working with Eli DL
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Carlton Hall, a former linebacker at Vanderbilt who has coached at two Ivy League schools, is Yale's new assistant head coach, responsible for the defensive linemen.
Hall, a three-year starter and 1997 All-SEC pick for the Commodores who signed as a free agent with the San Diego Chargers in 1998, has coached at six different schools since playing under Vandy head coaches Gerry Dinardo and Woody Widenhofer.
His 2013 work as the defensive line coach at the University of West Alabama led to a conference championship, a year after helping the University of Houston win the Conference USA West Division and the 2012 Ticket City Bowl. Hall, whose defensive charges ranked 10th in Division I in sacks per game, was a two-year Cougars assistant.
Prior to Houston, he worked with Tony Reno at Harvard from 2007 to 2010, helping the Crimson win a pair of league titles while leading defensive lineman to 14 All-Ivy League honors, including current Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Desmond Bryant.
Hall, who was coaching at Elon University before coming to New Haven, was the defensive line coach at Georgetown in 2006.
His first coaching job was at Columbia from 2003 to 2005, working with receivers, defensive linemen and linebackers over three seasons. While working with the receivers in 2003, the Lions were one of just two schools to have three players with 50 or more catches.
Hall is a Midwest City, Okla., native who earned a bachelor of science degree from Vanderbilt in 1998. As a senior in 1997, he led the Commodores with 83 solo tackles, 129 total tackles and 11 tackles for loss.
His position at Yale became available when Dwayne Wilmot stepped down for personal reasons after two seasons with the Bulldogs.