[April 23, 2014]NORMAL
— Illinois State football head coach Brock Spack announced Friday
that Khenon Hall has been named the team's defensive assistant coach,
working primarily with the team's defensive backs. Hall previously had
been hired on full time as the team's director of football operations,
but he will move into the new role immediately.
"Khenon loves Illinois State University and is very passionate about
the game of football," Spack said. "He has been a big part of this
program as a player before our staff arrived and then as a student
coach with us. I have always been impressed with his work ethic and
loyalty to the program, which made him a good fit for this role. His
experience at New Mexico and his playing career as a defensive back
will make him a good asset for our defensive staff."
to Illinois State after serving as a graduate assistant at New
Mexico, working with defensive backs during the 2011-12 season.
Prior to that, Hall spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons as a student
assistant at Illinois State and worked with the Redbirds' secondary
and defensive line.
He started six games for Illinois State in 2008 before suffering
a career-ending neck injury. He then went on to earn his degree from
Illinois State in university studies in 2010.
Prior to his playing career at ISU, Hall was rated as a two-star
junior-college recruit by Rivals.com. While at Trinity Valley
Community College, he ranked second on the team in 2007 with 70
tackles, including a team-high 66 solo stops, in eight games of
action. In addition, he added four tackles for loss and a
quarterback sack and was named to the 2006 All-Southwest Junior
College Football Conference Honorable Mention team.