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J. Thomas McNamara


    Millikin Athletic Director Dr. Craig White named Carlton Hall the new Big Blue’s new Head Football Coach.

    Hall, Millikin’s Defensive Coordinator the last two years, takes over the position effective immediately.

          “Carlton Hall is a person who builds relationships,” said White. “He has a presence and can connect with people.

           “His football background is extensive, and he will use this knowledge to teach the young men at Millikin the game of football. I expect him to have great success in the coming years, and I very much look forward to working with him.

          “This is an incredibly special opportunity!” states Hall. “First of all, I would like to thank President Reynolds and the Board of Trustees, for having the faith and confidence to hire me as the 25th Head Football Coach at Millikin University.

          “I  would like to thank Dr. Craig White.  The conversations we’ve had over the past two years and specifically the past 48 hours have brought us to this new beginning.”

          “This is a truly great day for Millikin football—for our program, our current players, former players, recruits and fans.,” adds Hall. “That is my hope and belief for the future. We will all be able to look back to Dec. 9, 2021, as a truly great day for this program.

        “It is my honor to be the head football coach here and it will be our duty to create and generate relationships that will not only last for the next four, three or two years with our players but for the next 40 or 50 years.”

          Hall joined the Millikin staff back in April 2020 directing the Big Blue defense and coaching the linebackers. Hall has over 16 years of collegiate coaching experience.

          Prior to coming to Millikin, He spent three seasons at Southern Oregon University as Linebackers Coach.  While there he coached five All-Conference First Team linebackers.  Hall was part of a staff that led Southern Oregon to a 12-1 record in 2017 and to the best two defensive seasons (2017 and 2018) statistically in school history.

       “Hall’s coaching highlights include stops at Williams College, Yale University, the University of Houston, and Harvard University.  Hall spent four seasons as the defensive line coach at Harvard and helped lead the team to two Ivy League Championships.  While at Harvard, he coached 17 All-Ivy players and two players who went on to play in the National Football League.

          “I want to make sure our student-athletes have a well-rounded experience while in college,” said Hall. “If all we do is teach these young men how to play football, we will have done them and this community a disservice. Our main goal, going forward, will be to assist and support our current student-athletes in all their endeavors. NOT just on the field, but off the field as well.”

“Football is a game,” said Hall. “Games should be fun. We are going to have FUN!  And there is nothing more fun than winning! We will recruit, yield, retain, and graduate young men from all over the country. We will start right here at home. We will recruit the state of Illinois the hardest, specifically central Illinois.  We are one of the top 30 schools in the country, according to US News & World Report, regarding the value we provide our students. Our goal is to take this football program to similar rankings and beyond.”

          Hall played collegiately at Vanderbilt University where he was a three-year starter at linebacker. He was voted All-SEC and selected for the East-West Shrine All-Star Game. Hall led the Southeastern Conference in tackles with 97.  Hall signed a free agent contract with the San Diego Chargers in 1998.

          Hall earned a Bachelor of Science in Human & Organizational Development and Psychology at Vanderbilt University.

I will have more on this developing story in a future print edition of the Decatur Tribune.

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