May 16, 2007
Shawn Halloran, who served as Yale's linebackers and special teams coach from 1997 to 2001, has returned to the Bulldogs after three years as head coach at Franklin & Marshall and a year as the offensive coordinator at Penn.
Halloran replaces Jason DesJarlais, who left Yale after one season to join the National Football League's Jacksonville Jaguars.
A talented recruiter, Halloran opened up Yale's Texas pipeline, a connection that helped produce some of the most prolific offensive players (Robert Carr, Alvin Cowan) in school history. He was a key part of the Bulldogs' 1999 Ivy League title and mentored school record holders in field goals, punting and punt returns. From 1993-1996, he was the offensive coordinator at Georgetown. Halloran also was an assistant coach at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (1992) under Jack Siedlecki and a graduate assistant at Boston College (1991) under Tom Coughlin.
Halloran led a resurgence of the Franklin & Marshall program during his three-year tenure (2002-05), compiling a 17-15 record that included 28 All-Centennial Conference players, two All-America and academic All-America selections, an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient and back-to-back ECAC postseason appearances. His Diplomats won the 2004 Centennial Conference Championship and the 2004 ECAC Southwest Bowl. Halloran's 2005 squad played in the ECAC Southeast Bowl.
Halloran, a communications major and 1986 Boston College graduate, quarterbacked the Eagles' football team and became a member of the school's athletic hall of fame. He was the ABC Television Network Comeback Player of the Year in 1986 and won MVP honors at the 1986 Hall of Fame Bowl in Tampa, Fla. He was a three-time winner of the New England Sports Writers' Gold Helmet Award.
Halloran and his wife, Nancy, have three daughters, Cassidy, Riley Ann and Dylan, and a son, Jack.