Bruce Tall

Bruce Tall

Assistant Coach (Defensive Line)

Birthday November 22
Hometown Shaker Heights, Ohio
College Ohio Wesleyan, 1982 (Bachelor's)
Family wife, Karmen
son, Braythan; daughters, Karsyn, Kailyn
Coaching History
2015-present West Virginia -
Defensive Line
2011-14 Charlotte -
Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line
2008-10 Michigan -
Defensive Line
2003-07 West Virginia -
2002 Western Michigan -
Defensive Line
1998-01 Harvard -
Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
1993-97 Northeastern -
Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
1987-92 Ohio Wesleyan -
Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line
1985-86 Cornell -
Linebackers/Special Teams/Tight Ends
1983-84 Ohio Wesleyan -
1982 Ohio Wesleyan -
Graduate Assistant

Playing Career
  • Earned three letters in football and one in wrestling
Bowl Experience (8)
2016: Russell Athletic (West Virginia)
2015: Cactus (West Virginia)
2010: Gator (Michigan)
2007: Fiesta (West Virginia)
2006: Gator (West Virginia)
2005: Sugar (West Virginia)
2004: Gator (West Virginia)
2003: Gator (West Virginia)
Coaching Highlights
  • Eighth year at West Virginia and 34th overall
  • Received the 2001 Assistant Coach of the Year Award from the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston
  • Given a Lifetime Achievement Award from the All-American Football Foundation.
  • Tall has completed NFL internships with the Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers
West Virginia
  • In 2016, WVU's defense was ranked No. 24 nationally in fumbles recovered (11) and turnovers gained (25) and No. 35 in pass interceptions (14) and scoring defense (24.0)
  • In Big 12 games, WVU's defense was No. 1 in scoring defense, total defense and opponent first dows, No. 2 in rushing defense and No. 3 in third down defense
  • Noble Nwachukwu was named All-Big 12 Second Team (ESPN.com)
  • Adam Shuler was named All-Big 12 Freshman Second Team (Athlon Sports)
  • In 2015, defense ranked No. 2 nationally in interceptions, No. 5 in turnovers gained, No. 8 in most opponent three and outs, No. 11 in opponent third-down defense and No. 15 in turnover margin
  • WVU was No. 3 in the Big 12 and No. 27 nationally in tackles for loss
  • Noble Nwachukwu was an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention selection, finishing No. 5 in sacks and No. 12 in tackles for loss in the league; Also No. 39 nationally in sacks
  • Served as the defensive coordinator for four years, including developing the defensive line
  • Helped to establish the 49ers program in 2011 and laid the foundation for the first two years of actual play in 2013 and 2014
  • His defense forced 22 turnovers and broke single-season records for sacks (19) and tackles for loss (77)
  • During the inaugural season in 2013, he oversaw a defense that ranked ninth in the FCS in takeaways (31), fifth in fumbles recovered (16), 25th in interceptions (15) and 29th in tackles for loss (6.9/gm)
  • Served as the defensive line coach for three years from 2008-10
West Virginia
  • Spent five bowl seasons as the safeties coach from 2003-07
  • On staff when WVU won four Big East titles, as well as the Fiesta Bowl in 2007, the Gator Bowl in 2003, 2004 and 2006 and the Sugar Bowl in 2005
Western Michigan
  • Served as defensive line coach in 2002, as the Broncos led the MAC in total defense (330.7 yards per game).
  • Defensive coordinator and linebackers coach; two of those years, the Crimson had the Ivy League’s top rushing defense
  • Worked five seasons (1993-97) as the defensive coordinator and linebacker coach
  • 1997 team ranked second in Division I-AA rushing defense at 60.5 yards per game
  • Coached linebackers, special teams and tight ends from 1985-86
Ohio Wesleyan
  • Started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, andbecame the full-time linebacker coach for the 1983 and 1984 seasons.
  • Coached in a variety of roles from 1987-92: defensive line coach, linebacker coach, special teams’ coordinator and later defensive coordinator
All-Conference Players (47)
West Virginia: Noble Nwachukwu (2016)
Michigan: Brandon Graham (2008-09)
West Virginia: Mike Lorello (2004-05), Eric Wicks (2005-06-07)
Western Michigan: Jason Babin (2002), Chris Browning (2002)
Harvard: Dante Balestracci (2000-01), Isaiah Kacyvenski (1998-99), Scott Larkee (1998)
Northeastern: David Atwood (1994), Andre Seoldo (1995), Andre Dixon (1997), Zach Falconer (1997), Steve Kives (1996-97), Lloyd Nugent (1997), Leroy Robinson (1996-97), Mark Salisbury (1993), Reggie Thornton (1995)
Ohio Wesleyan: Eric Abbot (1989-90-91), Dean Cordle (1984), Doug Dean (1991), Eric DiMartineo (1983), Kirk Jackson (1990), Ted Jameson (1983), Chris LeFervre (1992), Terry Mee (1991), Neil Ringers (1987-88-89-90), Keith Rucker (1989-90-91), Bo Smith (1988-90), Ryan Spicer (1992), Layne Thrasher (1992)
All-American Players (7)
Michigan: Brandon Graham (2009), Mike Martin (2008)
Western Michigan: Jason Babin (2002)
Harvard: Isaiah Kacyvenski (1998-99)
Ohio Wesleyan: Eric DiMartineo (1983), Neil Ringers (1987-88-89-90), Keith Rucker (1989-90-91)
Professional Players (7)
Michigan: Brandon Graham (DE), Tim Jamison (DE)
West Virginia: Ryan Mundy (S)
Western Michigan: Jason Babin (DL)
Harvard: Isaiah Kacyvenski (LB)
Northeastern: Andre Dixon (LB)
Ohio Wesleyan: Keith Rucker (DL)