Tyler Carlton joined Western Carolina's coaching staff in July, 2016 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.
Carlton inherits a strong Catamount wide receiving corps., that accounted for 18 of the team's 21 receiving touchdowns in 2014 including a team-high 11 from Spearman Robinson. The Catamounts ranked second in the Southern Conference in passing offense, averaging 219.2 yards per game through the air. Terryon Robinson paced the league with a 5.1 reception per game average, securing a team-best 56 catches for 643 yards. Karnorris Benson, who tied the school record with 12 receiving TDs in 2013, joined the two Robinsons with 500-plus yards, catching 40 passes for 519 receiving yards a season ago.
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, between his eight seasons 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.