WVU Rounds Out Football Staff

Bruce Tall has joined the West Virginia University football staff, head coach Rich Rodriguez announced today. Tall, who begins his duties Monday, will serve as assistant coach for the Mountaineer defensive line and will recruit portions of Ohio.

Bruce Tall comes to WVU from Western Michigan, where he served as defensive line coach last season, as the Broncos led the MAC in total defense (330.7 yards per game). From 1998-2001, Tall was defensive coordinator and linebacker coach at Harvard; two of those years, the Crimson had the Ivy League's top rushing defense.

Tall worked five seasons (1993-97) as the defensive coordinator and linebacker coach at Northeastern. His 1997 team ranked second in Division I-AA rushing defense at 60.5 yards per game. He started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Ohio Wesleyan, and then became the full-time linebacker coach for the 1983 and 1984 seasons. He was the linebacker, special teams and tight end coach at Cornell from 1985-86 before returning to Ohio Wesleyan (1987-92) as defensive line coach, special teams coordinator and later defensive coordinator.

"We're excited that Coach Tall and his family will be joining to the Mountaineer family," says Rodriguez. "He has experience as a defensive line coach and also a defensive coordinator at the Division I level, and he has excellent expertise in recruiting Ohio. Coach Tall will be a great fit for our staff."

A 1982 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan with a bachelor's degree in health and physical education, he earned three letters in football and two in wrestling. He received the 2001 Assistant Coach of the Year award from the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the All-American Football Foundation. A native of Shaker Heights, Ohio, Tall and his wife Karmen have three children: Braythan, Karsyn and Kallyn.

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