When it comes to coaches, the Yale football team has often plucked its new leaders from its rival up in Cambridge, Mass. New assistant head coach and defensive line coach Carlton Hall is no exception.

After coaching at Harvard for four years from 2007-2010, including two alongside current Yale head coach Tony Reno, Hall served as an assistant at the University of Houston for two years and at the University of West Alabama this past season.

Hall is no stranger to football programs that are perhaps better known for their sterling academics. He worked for three years at Columbia from 2003-2005, assisting the receivers, linebackers, and defensive linemen. He also graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1998. He was named to the All-SEC team in his senior year, finishing his final campaign with 129 total tackles, including 11 for a loss.

Several other coaches who have recently worked on the Yale staff have ties to Harvard. Dwayne Wilmot, the coach whom Hall is replacing, was an assistant there, as were offensive coordinator Joe Conlin and former tight ends coach Kris Barber ’97.

Hall’s predecessor, Wilmot, stepped down for personal reasons.