From the Big House to the New House, today, the Charlotte 49ers Head Coach Brad Lambert named his Defensive Coordinator, Bruce Tall. The hire maxed out Coach Lambert’s staff at five for the 2011 calendar year, having previously hired Offensive Coordinator, Jeff Mullen, Director of Football Operations, Trevor Lambert, and Recruiting Coordinator James Adams. Coach Lambert can hire the rest of his staff in 2012, but for now he has his football team for the foreseeable future, and for the Spring recruiting period that started April 15th.
Coach Tall comes from the University of Michigan, where he was the defensive line coach for the Wolverines. Tall has 28 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level. At Michigan, Tall coached elite talent, namely Brandon Graham, a Second Team All-American defensive end who was drafted in 2010, 13th overall by the Philadelphia Eagles. Prior to spending the last three season with Michigan, Tall was the defensive backs coach at West Virginia, under Rich Rodriguez from 2002-2007, leading a resurgence of the Mountaineer program. Before West Virginia, Tall spent time coaching the defensive line at Western Michigan where he tutored All-MAC, MAC Player of the Year, and Second-Team All-American Jason Babin (Drafted in 2004, 27th overall by the Tennessee Titans). Coach Tall also has FCS coaching experience at Northeastern and Harvard, where his teams constantly produced one of the best rush defenses in FCS (#1 rush defense two of his four seasons at Harvard, #2 rush defense once in four seasons at Northeastern).
Having the last hire out of the way (and the story actually reported by the Charlotte Observer before us) is good news and allows the staff to focus solely on the construction of the football program and recruiting. Welcome to Niner Nation, Coach Tall!