Finally, a new offensive line coach for the Arkansas State Red Wolves.
And former Red Wolves defensive lineman Bryan Hall is one happy dude.
Shortly after word leaked that Hamilton Tiger Cats offensive line coach Allen Rudolph was headed to Jonesboro, Hall was one of the first to call the new coach.
“Yean, I just got off the phone with him,’’ said Hall, who played two seasons in Hamilton. “I’m going to take a hit on that international call but that’s ok. We couldn’t have gotten a better person.
“As an alum I am thrilled he is coming to Jonesboro. I couldn’t be happier.”
Rudolph has been O-line coach with the Canadian Football League’s Tiger-Cats for the past three seasons. In 2012 he coached at Northwestern (La.) State.
He coached the OL and was offensive coordinator at Southeastern Louisiana for five years and held the same position at Samford in 2005-06.
A Mississippi native, he has also coached at East Mississippi Community College, Louisiana-Monroe and Mississippi College.
A graduate of Southern Miss, he played center at Nichols (La.) State from 1989-93 and coached the Colonels (1995-98) and was offensive coordinator at Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) Community College’s in 1999.
“He is a great offensive line coach,’’ said Hall. “He and our offensive coordinator really worked well together and we had a great offense. He will do a great job. He is just a great guy and a great hire.
“But as good a football coach as he is he is an even better person. It was nice being from the South to having someone from the south up here. Thanksgiving in Canada is in October and that just isn’t right. But after we played Vancouver we all went over to this home and had a Louisiana-Style Thanksgiving in November.”
One report said Rudolph, who has always coached on offense, recently lost more than 80 pounds. In his tenure in Canada, Hamilton has gone 29-25 and won an Eastern Division title and finished second twice. They lost to Calgary 20-16 in the 2014 Grey Cup (championship game).
“My phone has lit up,’’ said Hall. “I said never saw it coming. I had heard nothing. I have a great relationship with him and we are real close. I’m very excited about the hire.”
Rudolph has been offensive coordinator at three stops and has coached tight ends, running backs and special teams.