PHILADELPHIA -Head CoachRay Prioreannounced Malik Hall as the new defensive line coach for the University of Pennsylvania football team on Friday. Hall, who has spent the last three seasons as the defensive coordinator at Wagner, replaces longtime coach Jim Schaefer, who retired following the 2014 season.
"We are extremely lucky to get someone of Malik's experience and character," Priore said. "He has an outstanding track record as a defensive coach, as a recruiter, as a leader and as a family man. Malik will set a great example for our kids, with the ability to motivate them to become better players and men. He is a great fit for what our program and our University represent."
"This was just such a good opportunity for me and my family," Hall said. "I have always had a good professional relationship with Coach Priore, and I thought there was no better opportunity for me to grow as a defensive coach. Penn is one of the most hard-nosed defensive teams I've seen. The first time I saw them, I was hooked. I'm really excited to join the Quaker family and be a part of a new legacy under Coach Priore at such an established, prestigious program."
Hall has spent the last 11 years as a defensive line coach or a defensive coordinator, including the last three at the helm of the Wagner defense. Under Hall last year, Wagner ranked second in the FCS in rushing defense (83.1 yds/gm) and sixth in the country in total defense (281.3 yds/gm). The Seahawks also forced the most turnovers in the Northeast Conference (NEC), finishedninth in the nation in scoring defense (18.0 ppg),and allowed the fewest first downs in the FCS.
Hall was also the mastermind behind the NEC’s No. 1 defense in 2012, spearheading Wagner to the 2012 NEC title and a second-round NCAA FCS Playoff appearance.Statistically, the numbers produced by the 2012 defense reflect both dominance and balance as the Seahawks led the NEC in scoring defense (16.3), total defense (312.2) and pass defense efficiency (115.1) while ranking second in pass defense (168.2) and third in rushing defense (144.0).Individually, Hall developed three second-team All-NEC performers.
During his tenure with the Seahawks, Hall saw four of his pupils sign NFL free agent contracts.
Hall also spent one season as the defensive line coach at his alma mater, the University of Massachusetts, and served as an assistant on the staffs at Fordham, Hofstra, and Central Connecticut. In 2006 and 2009, the Detroit, Mich., native served as the defensive line coach and special teams coordinator at Fordham. During the 2006 season, he helped develop an All-America selection and two All-Patriot League picks.
From 2007-08, Hall coached the defensive line at Hofstra while also serving as the program’s NFL Liaison. In 2008, Hall’s unit was part of the top-rated passing defense in the Colonial Athletic Conference (CAA). In 2007, Hofstra ranked first in the CAA and 11th in the FCS in rushing defense, and second in the conference and 15th in the nation in total defense.
As a collegiate player, Hall helped led UMass to the Atlantic 10 Championship title game as a senior in 2003 when he posted 46 tackles, five for loss, and two sacks. He transferred to UMass after playing at Vermillion Community College in Ely, Minn. Hall graduated in December 2003 from UMass with a degree in sociology and education.
Hall and his wife Ayesha are the proud parents of Malik and Kayah.