Southern Oregon has added two new assistant coaches to fill out its football staff, the SOU athletic department announced Thursday.

Kyle Otineru will take over as offensive line coach after the departure of Greg Stewart, and Carlton Hall, who's not related to SOU head coach Charlie Hall, will replace Buster Davis as linebackers coach after Davis returned to his home state of Florida.

 

Stewart, who was the Raiders' longest-tenured assistant following nine years at SOU, recently accepted a position at Central Washington University.

"We are very grateful for the time and energy Coach Stewart provided our football program and university," Charlie Hall said. "As an alum and former player, he has developed many positive relationships and was part of a staff that won a national championship. We wish him and his family well in their future pursuits.

A former player and coach at Linfield College, Otineru was the offensive line coach and run-game coordinator at Hastings College in Nebraska during the 2015 and 2016 seasons. There, he earned a master's degree in physical education and helped guide NAIA's 20th-ranked offense. The Honolulu, Hawaii native played on the offensive line for the Wildcats before joining the coaching staff as an O-line coach and scout team coordinator from 2010 until 2013.

Otineru also spent one year coaching the defensive line at Bethel College in Kansas.

"I am very excited to be moving back to the state of Oregon to be a part of a winning program at Southern Oregon," he said. "I look forward to coming in and working with the offensive line and helping the team continue to succeed on the national level."

Carlton Hall is a former All-SEC linebacker at Vanderbilt who was most recently at Northwestern Oklahoma State as a defensive line and head assistant coach. He began his coaching career shortly after he was signed by the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 1998 and has since coached at Columbia, Georgetown, Harvard, University of Houston, University of West Alabama, Elon, Yale, Williams College and Northwestern Oklahoma State. At Yale, where Hall was also the head assistant coach, he helped a Bulldogs team that ranked second in the league in rush defense, went 8-2 and earned a landmark victory over 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."

Joe Zavala is a reporter for the Ashland Daily Tidings. Reach him at 541-821-0829 or jzavala@dailytidings.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Joe_Zavala99.