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Otineru, Hall tapped to round out Raiders' staff

ASHLAND — Southern Oregon University head football coach Charlie Hall has filled out his staff less than two weeks ahead of fall camp, announcing Thursday the additions of offensive line coach Kyle Otineru and linebackers coach Carlton Hall.

Otineru — a former player and coach at Linfield College who comes to SOU via Buena Vista University (Iowa) — will replace Greg Stewart, who recently accepted a position at Central Washington University. After transferring to SOU as a fullback in 2006 and finishing his playing career, Stewart was on staff for nine years and was the Raiders' longest-tenured assistant when he took over the line in 2016.

Carlton Hall is no relation to the head coach. Carlton Hall is a former all-SEC linebacker at Vanderbilt University and a seasoned assistant who was most recently at Northwest Oklahoma State University as a defensive line and head assistant coach. He replaces Buster Davis, who returned to his home state of Florida after one season on staff.

Prior to his brief stint at Buena Vista, Otineru spent the 2015 and '16 seasons as the offensive line coach and run-game coordinator at Hastings College (Nebraska), where he earned a master's degree in physical education and last year helped the team rank 20th in the NAIA in total offense.

A product of Honolulu, Hawaii, he played on the line at Linfield before serving as an offensive line coach and scout team coordinator for the Wildcats during the 2010-13 seasons — when they went 41-5 and were top-20 at the NCAA Division III level in total offense every season. Between then and his stint at Hastings, he also spent one year guiding the defensive line at Bethel College (Kansas).

"Any time you can get a Linfield alum on your staff is a plus," said Charlie Hall. "They understand the culture of winning and tradition. Kyle is an up-and-coming college line coach and we hope to benefit from his experience and connections recruiting in Hawaii and the West Coast."

Carlton Hall's coaching career began shortly after he was signed by the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 1998. Since then, he's made stops at Columbia University (2003-05), Georgetown University (2006), Harvard University (2007-10), University of Houston (2011-12), University of West Alabama (2013), Elon University, Yale University (2014), Williams College (2015) and Northwestern Oklahoma State — primarily as a defensive line coach.

At Harvard, his teams won two Ivy League titles and were perennially among the nation's leaders in defensive ratings. While at Houston, his team won the 2012 Ticket City Bowl and finished No. 14 in the final AP poll. And at Yale, where he was also the head assistant coach, his team went 8-2, ranked second in the league in rush defense (98 yards per game) and became the first Ivy school to defeat a BCS team in 28 years when it topped Army.

"Carlton has a wealth of experience and will be a great asset to our defensive staff," Charlie Hall said. "The fact that he has experience in the defensive line and linebacker positions is a unique bonus."