|Title:||Assistant Coach, Running Backs|
|Recruiting Areas:||Alabama, Arkansas, Florida (Northern), Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas (Houston/San Antonio & South)|
Derrick Lett (2nd year at Yale in 2016), a former collegiate receiver who won two Bowl games and went on to coach at Tennessee, joined the Yale staff as its running backs coach in July of 2015.
His corps of runners were hit by injuries the last two years, but there have been some impressive performances. Lett helped Alan Lamar, who began the season as the No. 4 back before becoming team rookie of the year, earn FCS Freshman All American honors while leading the Elis in rushing. In 2015 he helped DeShawn Salter produce the fifth best rushing total in a game (233, Lehigh) for an El and twice earn league player of the week honors, while former Yale back Austin Reuland is playing in the CFL this fall.
An offensive quality control assistant at Tennessee for two season prior to Yale, Lett worked with the running backs, wide receivers and punt return while assisting the recruiting coordinator.
He helped lead the 2014 Volunteers to their first Bowl victory since 2010. Working mainly with the wide receivers, the unit had four members record at least 30 catches. As a group, they caught 19 touchdown passes in 12 games. He helped accomplish this while helping secure top five classes in each of the past two years.
Prior to his time at Tennessee, Lett spent four years as an assistant at Bowling Green High School. He was in charge of the secondary his first two years before becoming the passing game coordinator, primarily in charge of quarterbacks and wide receivers. He implemented a new offense that more than doubled passing production, helping three of his players earn college scholarships. In addition to his coaching duties with football, he also coached the varsity track team.
A four-year letter winner at Bowling Green University from 2001-05, Lett appeared in 49 consecutive games, helping the Falcons to two Bowl wins, and at one point, a no. 16 ranking in the country. He was part of a wide receiver corps that ranked third in the country by Athlon Sports, as well as an offense that finished fourth in the nation in scoring.
Lett, who earned the school’s Coaches Award, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2006.
He and his wife, Andi Lett, have two daughters, Jaela (8) and Alise (5), and live in Branford.