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Phil Hallahan is in his 12th season and enjoys the longest tenure of any of Tavani’s assistants. In the summer of 2016, he was promoted to the Director of Football Recruiting Operations and Community Outreach after serving as the program’s recruiting coordinator. Hallahan will coach the Leopard running backs for the ninth straight season after overseeing the wide receivers for three seasons.
In 2016, Hallahan will oversee the move of Kyle Mayfield ’17 from tailback to fullback while ensuring the continual improvement of the team’s leading rusher DeSean Brown ’18 from 2015.
Hallahan’s challenge in 2015 was to fill the void left by the graduation of four-time All-Patriot League selection Ross Scheuerman ’15. Scheuerman led the team in rushing all four of his seasons on College Hill and finished his career as the school’s third all-time leading rusher with 3,425 yards.
Scheuerman, who is currently playing in the CFL, led the Leopards in rushing and receiving as a senior, capping his career with a record-breaking 304-yard rushing day against Lehigh in Yankee Stadium in the 150th meeting of college football’s most-played rivalry.
In 2013, Hallahan oversaw the duo of Greg Kessel ’14 and Pat Creahan ’14 at fullback and on special teams for four seasons. Kessel collected All-Patriot League Second-Team honors in 2013 while Creahan was an All-Patriot League Second-Team honoree in 2010.
In 2009, for the second straight season, the Lafayette corps of running backs took care of the ball, handing it over just four times, good enough for sixth in the country. Hallahan saw fifth-year senior Maurice White ’10, an All-Patriot League First-Team selection, close out his career with seven touchdowns in the Leopards’ pass-first offense.
In 2008, Hallahan’s running backs turned the ball over just six times and the team had the fewest turnovers per game in the nation. Five different running backs had 150 or more yards with three of them gaining 300 or more.
Hallahan oversaw a 2006 passing attack that was ranked 37th in the nation in passing efficiency. Joe Ort ’06 and Shaun Adair ’08 posted big numbers with Ort reeling in 50 balls for 814 yards while Adair pulled down 33 catches for 501 yards.
Lafayette’s passing attack flourished in 2005, ranking second in the Patriot League with 214.8 yards per game. Brandon Stanford ’06 and Ort had career years, with Stanford earning All-Patriot League First-Team honors after finishing second in the conference with 57 catches and 683 yards. Ort caught 28 passes for 482 yards in nine games.
Prior to arriving at Lafayette, Hallahan coached running backs at Amherst College for two seasons, where he mentored tailback Fletcher Ladd to ECAC Division III Northeast Player of the Year honors and the All-New England Division II/III Team. A 2003 graduate of Syracuse University with a degree in Consumer Studies, Hallahan was the head manager for the Orange football program as an undergraduate. He also spent one summer as an administrative intern for the Syracuse football program and worked for the program’s video coordinator.
Hallahan is married to the former Caitlin McCarty.