TROY, AL (WSFA) - New Troy football coach Chip Lindsey’s staff is coming together. Monday, the Trojans announced the names of the new offensive and defensive coordinators.
Lindsey’s first hire as the new head coach is Ryan Pugh to be his OC and offensive line coach. Brandon Hall, the outside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator, was promoted to the DC position.
Pugh, a four-year starter and All-American at Auburn, previously spent a season as the offensive line coach at BYU in addition to coaching stops at LSU, Cincinnati, Virginia Tech, Auburn and UT-San Antonio.
“Ryan is one of the top young coaches in this profession and has a great rapport with his players,” Lindsey said. “He was an All-American and team captain as a four-year starter at Auburn, and his transition into the coaching profession has been seamless. I know firsthand the type of leader that Ryan is from coaching with him, and I am excited to have him on our staff and working with our student-athletes.”
“I’m excited to be back home in the state of Alabama and to have the opportunity to work with Coach Lindsey,” Pugh said. “You cannot help but be excited when you have a great offensive mind in Coach Lindsey as the head coach of a tradition-rich program like Troy. I’m honored and thankful to be at Troy and look forward to pushing these young men and this program to the top of the Group of Five.”
A four-year letterwinner at Auburn from 2007-2010, Pugh earned All-America honors as a senior and was a finalist for the Rimington Trophy. He was a three-time All-SEC selection and was the starting center for the Tigers’ 2010 national championship team.
He graduated from Auburn in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in building science.
Hall is being promoted to DC after just one year with the Trojans.
“Brandon’s track record speaks for itself. He made a great first impression last season and has history of coaching high-level defenses at every level,” Lindsey said. “We will be schematically similar going forward with his style of defense, which will be a big positive for our players. What cannot go unnoticed was his work on special teams last season. Brandon’s ability to scheme that phase of the game played a large role in multiple victories last season and will be critical to our overall success going forward.”
“I am very appreciative of Coach Lindsey for his trust in me to continue what we’ve accomplished on the defensive side of the football,” Hall said. “I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank Coach (Neal) Brown and Coach (Vic) Koenning for establishing a culture and raising the expectations at Troy. I am humbled and thrilled to have an opportunity to work every day to ensure that we continue our strong defensive tradition at Troy.”
Before joining the Troy staff, Hall held a four-year stint as the co-defensive coordinator at Jacksonville State. In his four seasons at JSU, the Gamecocks rolled off a perfect 31-0 mark in Ohio Valley Conference play, won four conference titles and posted a 43-8 overall record.
Hall previously served as the safeties coach under Gus Malzahn at Arkansas State in 2012 before following Malzahn to Auburn as a defensive assistant in 2013 where he helped the Tigers advance to the FBS National Championship game against Florida State.
Hall has also served on the staff of the Oklahoma Sooners football team where he started his coaching career as a student assistant coach at Oklahoma from 1998-2000. He joined the OU staff as a full-time defensive assistant for quality control in 2003 and served in that capacity for an additional three years.
During Hall’s tenure at Oklahoma, the Sooners won the 2000 national championship with a perfect 13-0 record and played in two additional national championship games. Oklahoma also posted a 78-14 record during Hall’s seven seasons at the school and claimed victories in the Orange Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Rose Bowl, Holiday Bowl and Insight.com Bowl.
Hall has both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Oklahoma.