March 24, 2006

DesJarlais Named Assistant Coach

March 24, 2006

Jason DesJarlais has joined the Yale football coaching staff as an assistant who will serve as special teams coordinator and defensive assistant.

DesJerlais comes to New Haven from Jacksonville University, where he served as special teams coordinator, recruiting coordinator and a defensive secondary coach.

He spent three seasons at the University of San Diego, where he coordinated the defense while coaching safeties and organizing the recruiting efforts. He helped lead the 2004 Toreros to a second-place finish with a defense that ranked 21st nationally with a +0.55 turnover margin.

DesJarlais served as San Diego's interim head coach the final four games of the 2003 season, winning three of the last four games and finishing 8-2 overall. USD defeated rival Dayton in the season finale to earn a share of the PFL North Division championship. That San Diego defense ranked 29th in Division I-AA against the rush (125.0) and fifth in turnover margin (1.30). The Toreros also allowed just 21.5 points per game, limiting four opponents to seven points or less.

DesJarlais spent the 2000 and 2001 seasons as defensive line coach at Bates College, which followed his first stint at USD in 1999 as defensive line coach. Before that he was defensive line coach at Humboldt (Calif.) State from 1997 to 1998, where he coached six all-conference players.

DesJarlais began his coaching career as defensive line coach at his alma mater, the University of Montana-Western (1996), where he was a two-time NAIA All-America defensive lineman and helped lead the Bulldogs to three Frontier Conference Championships and two national semifinals appearances before graduating in 1997. He earned a B.S. in physical education and biology and then got his master's in kinesiology from Humboldt State in 1999.

The vacancy in the Yale coaching ranks was created by the departure of assistants Joel Lamb and Matt Dence.