Derrick Lett
Derrick Lett
Title: Recruiting Coordinator, Assistant Head Coach (RB)
Recruiting Areas: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida (Northern), Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas (Houston/San Antonio & South)

Derrick Lett has coached running backs the last four season at Yale, but he adds the title of assistant head coach in 2019.  A former collegiate receiver who won two Bowl games and went on to coach at Tennessee, he joined the Yale staff in July of 2015. 

Lett, who is also co-recruiting coordinator, helped Alan Lamar earn all-league honors in 2018, a year after coaching two All-Ivy running backs, Deshawn Salter and Zane Dudek (All-American, Ivy Rookie of Year), who helped pave the way for the team winning the Ivy League Championship.

His corps of runners were hit by injuries the last few years, but there were some impressive performances. Lamar, who began the 2016 season as the No. 4 back before becoming team rookie of the year, earned FCS Freshman All American honors while leading the Elis in rushing. In 2015 he helped Salter produce the fifth best rushing total in a game (233, Lehigh) for an Eli and twice earn league player of the week honors, while former Yale back Austin Reuland '16 played in the CFL.  

An offensive quality control assistant at Tennessee for two season prior to Yale, Lett worked with the running backs, wide receivers and punt return group while assisting the recruiting coordinator. 

He helped lead the 2014 Volunteers to their first Bowl victory since 2010. Working mainly with the wide receivers, the unit had four members record at least 30 catches. As a group, they caught 19 touchdown passes in 12 games. He helped accomplish this while helping secure top five classes in each of his last two years.

Prior to his time at Tennessee, Lett spent four years as an assistant at Bowling Green High School. He was in charge of the secondary his first two years before becoming the passing game coordinator, primarily in charge of quarterbacks and wide receivers. He implemented a new offense that more than doubled passing production, helping three of his players earn college scholarships.  In addition to his coaching duties with football, he also coached the varsity track team.

A four-year letter winner at Bowling Green University from 2001-05, Lett appeared in 49 consecutive games, helping the Falcons to two Bowl wins, and at one point, a no. 16 ranking in the country. He was part of a wide receiver corps that ranked third in the country by Athlon Sports, as well as an offense that finished fourth in the nation in scoring.

Lett, who earned the school’s Coaches Award, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2006.

He and his wife, Andi Lett, have two daughters, Jaela, and Alise, and live in Branford.