|Position:||Assistant Coach / co-Offensive Coordinator / WRs|
Tyler Carlton joined Western Carolina's coaching staff in July, 2014 as the wide receivers coach. Carlton came to Cullowhee from head coach Mark Speir's alma mater, Clemson, where he spent four seasons under renowned offensive coordinator, Chad Morris.
During the off-season prior to the 2019 season, Carlton was promoted to co-Offensive Coordinator alongside offensive line coach, John Holt. Together, the two will guide the potent Catamount offensive unit with Carlton continuing his oversight of the wide receivers.
In 2018, three different wide receivers amassed 550+ receiving yards in the high-powered Catamount offense, seeing the emergence of Daquan Patten and Nate Mullen who combined for seven receiving touchdowns. Mullen led the way with 55 receptions. Adding in redshirt senior WR Jordan Mathis, WCU had three receivers average over 50+ receiving yards per game in 2018.
Carlton mentored WCU's all-time career receptions leader, Terryon Robinson (2013-17), who flourished under Carlton's leadership. He finished his playing career with a benchmark-setting 230 catches while also ranking fifth with both 2,839 career receiving yards and 19 career touchdowns. A two-time All-Southern Conference selection, Robinson also posted the fourth-best single-season with 71 catches in 2016.
Another former standout WR Spearman Robinson also benefited from Carlton’s guidance, finishing with eight career 100-yard receiving games and 17 touchdowns, a mark that ranks him eighth in the program record books, with Steffon Hill also collecting all-conference plaudits in 2017.
Serving as an offensive analyst at Clemson, Calrton's duties included assisting the offensive staff on a day-to-day basis while also aiding in video breakdown of opponents. Carlton also served as a video graduate assistant at Clemson, helping the Tigers to 42 victories, four top-25 final rankings and an ACC Championship in 2011. He was also a part of four bowl appearances with the Tigers including a pair of Orange Bowls in both 2012 and defeating Ohio State in 2014, as well as wins over LSU in the 2012 Chic-Fila-A Bowl and over Oklahoma in the 2014 Russell Athletic Bowl.
Originally from Sapulpa, Okla., Carlton played collegiately at Tulsa as both a wide receiver and punter from 2004-06 where he was a member of the 2005 Conference USA championship squad. He also earned a bowl ring as the Golden Hurricanes won the Liberty Bowl.
A 2009 graduate of Tulsa, earning a degree in exercise science, Carlton got his coaching start at Tulsa as a student assistant in 2008-09, progressing to offensive quality control assistant in 2010 under Morris. While on staff, he was a part of two bowl appearances including a win over Ball State in the 2008 GMAC Bowl and defeating Hawaii in the 2010 Hawaii Bowl.
All told, during his career as an assistant on a collegiate staff, Carlton has been a part of six, 10-win seasons.
Carlton was married to the former Lisa Giordano in June, 2013; the couple has two sons, Tennyson (aka “Deuce”) and Tucker.