Tulane tabs Will Hall as new offensive coordinator
Willie Fritz moved quickly to fill a big void on his coaching staff.
Memphis associate head coach Will Hall will be the new offensive coordinator for Tulane, first reported Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports on Tuesday. Tulane confirmed the hire later in the day.
Hall spent a year as Louisiana-Lafayette’s offensive coordinator in 2017 before head coach Mark Hudspeth was relieved of his duties. Hall served as head coach for a pair of Division II programs. At West Georgia from 2014-16, he posted a record of 31-9. Before that, he was head coach at West Alabama from 2011-13 with a record of 25-11.
Playing for Hudspeth at North Alabama, Hall won the Harlon Hill Trophy as Div. II’s top football player in 2003.
The native of Amory, Miss. replaces Doug Ruse, who was let go by Tulane following the end of the regular season last month.
Fritz Names Will Hall Tulane Offensive Coordinator
Hall spent the 2018 season as the offensive coordinator at Memphis
NEW ORLEANS – Tulane University head coach Willie Fritz announced today the addition of Will Hall as the Green Wave’s new offensive coordinator.
Hall joins the Green Wave coaching staff after he spent the 2018 campaign as the Associate Head Coach/Tight Ends Coach at the University of Memphis where he helped guide the Tigers to the American Athletic Conference Championship game for the second straight season and helped the Tigers to their fifth straight bowl appearance.
“I have known Will Hall for a long time and I could not be more excited to add him to our staff,” Fritz said. “Will has a proven track record of offensive success as an assistant, as a coordinator and as a head coach. He is a true student of the game and he knows how to develop student-athletes both on and off the field.”
During his lone season at Memphis, Hall helped guide the Tigers to a school record with 42 rushing touchdowns during the regular season. In addition, Memphis finished the regular season with 3,311 rushing yards , setting a new school record.
Memphis’ offense ranked in the nation’s top 10 in rushing (No. 5, 275.9), scoring offense (No. 6, 43.8) and total offense (No. 6, 530.3) under Hall’s assistance. In addition, Hall helped four Memphis offensive players earn All-AAC honors.
Hall joined the Memphis staff in January 2018 after spending the 2017 season as the offensive coordinator for the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns, where six offensive players received all-conference honors. The Cajuns ranked among the best in the nation in red zone offense and turnovers lost with just 16.
In his one season as offensive coordinator at Louisiana-Lafayette, the Ragin’ Cajuns compiled the Sun Belt Conference’s third-best rushing offense with 2,204 yards and 27 rushing touchdowns. The Louisiana-Lafayette offense tied for the second-fewest turnovers in the Sun Belt during the 2017 season. The Cajuns were also efficient in the red zone, leading the Sun Belt by scoring on 92.9-percent of their red zone chances.
In his three-year head coaching stint at West Georgia (UWG), Hall led the Wolves to a 31-9 record, the first Gulf South Conference (GSC) title since 2000 and a pair of NCAA Division II semifinal appearances. His first two seasons at UWG produced a pair of 12-win seasons before he finished 7-4 in 2016.
Success was immediate for Hall as the Wolves set multiple school records, won their first GSC title in 14 years and reached the NCAA Division II playoffs.
Under his direction, a program that had not made an impact in the conference, much less nationally, in over a decade transformed into the talk of the nation in NCAA Division II. Under Hall’s direction, the Wolves were nationally ranked for 17 weeks consecutively and earned the program’s first No. 1 national ranking on Oct. 26, 2015.
Hall’s first UWG squad in 2014 caught more than a few people by surprise. The Wolves finished the regular season strong with a 9-2 record and earned the program’s first NCAA playoffs bid since 2000. Road wins at Tuskegee, Delta State, and Valdosta State were the first postseason victories in the school’s Division II history and gave UWG the NCAA Super Region 2 title.
Though UWG caught no one by surprise in 2015, it didn’t matter. Hall’s juggernaut roared through the first nine games of the regular season, all wins, and none were closer than a 17-point margin. A three-touchdown, Week 8 win over nationally ranked North Alabama pushed the Wolves into the top spot in the nation in Division II for the first time in school history.
Hall was twice named GSC Coach of the Year and was the Super Region 2 Coach of the Year.
In his first season at West Georgia, more than 30 team and individual records fell. In addition to setting records, the Wolves hauled in individual accolades. Sixteen players earned All-Gulf South Conference recognition and seven received All-American distinction, which included the program’s first Academic All-American in Alex Macaulay.
From 2011-13 as the head coach at West Alabama, his teams won two league titles and twice earned spots in the NCAA Division II Playoffs.
Hall’s players also have had success at the next level, and among that group of honored athletes is 2015 Super Bowl hero and current Tennessee Titan Malcolm Butler, who was a two-time All-GSC performer for Hall at West Alabama. In the spring of 2016, offensive tackle Dominique Robertson became the first UWG player in school history to receive an invitation to the NFL Draft Combine.
Prior to his six seasons at West Alabama, Hall enjoyed successful stints on the coaching staff at Arkansas-Monticello, Southwest Baptist, Henderson State, and Presbyterian. Hall’s achievements in the coaching profession are a carryover from his illustrious career on the playing field at North Alabama.
Hall played for his father, Bobby Hall, at Amory High School leading the Panthers to the 1998 Mississippi High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Class 3A state title. From 1999-2000, he attended Northwest Mississippi Community College, where he was a two-time National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-American.
In 2000, Hall set a NJCAA record for total offense in a season (4,075 yards) and added an NJCAA single-game record with nine touchdown passes.
Hall then moved to North Alabama, where he was a quarterback for the Lions from 2002-03. He won the Harlan Hill Trophy in 2003, emblematic of being America’s top player in NCAA Division II. In 2003, Hall, who threw for 3,531 yards and 30 touchdowns, led the Lions to a 13-1 record and an NCAA Division II semifinals appearance.
In 2004, Hall signed a contract to play for the Tupelo FireAnts of the National Indoor Football League. Playing once again for his father, who was the head coach for the team, Hall passed for 2,046 yards and 44 touchdowns while rushing for 13 scores in the 14-game season.
Hall is a native of Amory, Mississippi. He is a graduate of Northwest Mississippi Community College and a 2003 graduate of the University of North Alabama. He and wife, Rebecca, have two sons: Tripp and Pete.
THE WILL HALL FILE
North Alabama, 2003, Bachelor’s degree in Psychology
1999-2000: Northwest Mississippi CC (Quarterback) Two-time NJCAA All-American
2002-03: North Alabama (Quarterback) Harlon Hill Trophy recipient (2003)
2004: Tupelo FireAnts, NIFL (Quarterback)
Wife – Rebecca
Children – Tripp, Pete
Assistant Coach – Quarterbacks
2005: Henderson State
Assistant Coach – Quarterbacks
2006: Southwest Baptist
2007: Arkansas Monticello
2008-10: West Alabama
2011-13: West Alabama
2014-16: West Georgia
2017: Louisiana Lafayette
2018-Present: University of Memphis
Associate Head Coach/Tight Ends
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